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Firefighter killed in Asheville blaze

Posted July 28, 2011
Updated July 29, 2011

— Officials say one firefighter was killed and eight injured in a blaze in a medical office building in Asheville on Thursday. 

Asheville's Mission Hospital spokeswoman Merrell Gregory said the fire occurred at 445 Biltmore Ave. The hospital activated a command center and a triage unit to deal with the incident. About 200 people in the building made it out safely.

Capt. Jeffrey Bowen, 37, died in the blaze. He was a 13-year veteran with the Asheville Fire Department,

Seven firefighters remain in the hospital, including one who was sent to a burn center in Georgia. 

There is no word on what caused the fire. 


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