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Fire in Philadelphia's Fabric Row claims life of firefighter

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Firefighters battle the blaze that claimed the life of Capt. Michael Goodwin, April 6. The fire caused a partial roof collapse that killed Goodwin and injured a colleague who was trying to rescue him.

A veteran firefighter was killed in a Philadelphia blaze on Saturday after a three-story building collapsed underneath him.

At an emotional news conference late Saturday after the fire in the city's Fabric Row section was extinguished, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers told reporters that the victim, 53-year-old Capt. Michael Goodwin, was his friend and "a ladder man. A firefighter's firefighter."

"He's the kind of guy who looked out for his folks — a big guy," Ayers said.

Goodwin had been with the department for 29 years.

— The Associated Press

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Neighbors look on as firefighters battle the blaze.

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A police officer salutes as the body of fallen firefighter Capt. Michael Goodwin is brought to Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

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People hug outside the emergency room at Thomas Jefferson Hospital.

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Police escort an ambulance carrying the body of fallen firefighter Capt. Michael Goodwin from Thomas Jefferson Hospital.