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Accident at Structure Fire

A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IN CLINTON COUNTY, Illinois, died Sunday night following a tragic accident at the scene of a working structure fire.  Timothy Jansen, 45, responded to the fire on the Santa Fe Fire Protection District engine shortly before 8 pm.  The call was dispatched as a grass fire but when the units arrived, it has spread to a weekend home – referred to as a "clubhouse" – and structural operations were begun.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting this morning:

The Clinton County sheriff's office is investigating the death of a firefighter who was struck and killed Sunday night by a fire truck as the crew arrived at the scene of a house fire.  Timothy P. Jansen, 45. Jansen was a volunteer firefighter for the Santa Fe Volunteer Fire Protection District in Bartelso.

At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jansen was on the first pumper truck to arrive at a burning residence, known as a clubhouse, in the 9600 block of River Road. Jansen was outside the truck when he was hit, said Jeff Kampwerth, fire chief of the Germantown fire protecting district. Jansen was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

His injuries were to the chest, abdomen and pelvic area, said Phillip Moss, the Clinton County coroner. "The truck ran over him," Moss said. "He had gotten off the truck and he slipped or something, and the driver was unaware of him and the truck was backing up."

KTVI-TV has filed this video report on the tragedy:


Bartelso is a small community of 600 located about 50 miles east of St. Louis.  FF Jansen was born and raised in the close-knit town where everybody knows each other.  He was the proprietor of a restaurant located across the street from the firehouse.

The Belleville News-Democrat has MORE.

Firegeezer will update whenever any additional information is released.

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