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ASHVILLE, N.C.--A firefighter has died as he checked to
see if anyone was trapped by a fire in an Asheville medical
building.
Fire Chief Scott Burnette said 37-year-old Fire Capt. Jeff Bowen
was found around 1 p.m. Thursday after issuing a mayday call from
the fifth floor of the building near Mission Hospital. He died a
short time later at the hospital.
Burnette says Jay Bettencourt, a second firefighter working with
Bowen, was seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Augusta,
Ga. Six other firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and were
treated locally.
The chief says investigators haven't determined if the fire or
smoke killed Bowen. The cause of the fire also has not been
determined.
Bowen was a 13-year veteran of the department who had a wife and
three children.


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