Fire captain dead, 3 hurt in burning Illinois home collapse

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BETHALTO, Ill. — Authorities say a fire captain has died and three other firefighters were injured following a partial collapse of a burning home in southern Illinois.

The Godfrey Fire Protection District says Jacob “Jake” Ringering suffered serious injuries when part of the home in Bethalto collapsed Tuesday and he was taken to a hospital, where he died. The department says one injured firefighter was in stable condition at a St. Louis hospital and two others were treated and released.

Firefighters from multiple departments had reportedly been on the scene for nearly an hour before the collapse. Bethalto is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of St. Louis.

The Godfrey Fire Protection District says Ringering was a technical rescue officer. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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