Firefighter Dies Enroute To Fire

Posted at 11:51 AM, Feb 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-27 12:51:35-05

nate fruin2MATTAWAN, Mich. — 22-year-old volunteer firefighter Nate Fruin went into cardiac arrest while he was traveling to the scene of a fire Tuesday night.

He later died at the hospital.

Chief Terron McLean early Wednesday confirmed the firefighter’s death, but did not give further details.

The firefighter, who volunteered with the Mattawan Fire Department, was a graduate of Mattawan High School and worked at a trucking company next door.

The owner of the home suffered some burns in the fire, and crews were back at the scene Wednesday morning dealing with hot spots. It is believed the fire was caused by a space heater in the garage.

(Reporting by Lindsay Kus, FOX 17)