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Autopsy determines cause of death for San Diego firefighter battling Thomas Fire

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Cory Iverson, his wife and daughter (Photo contributed) Cory Iverson, his wife and daughter (Photo contributed)

An autopsy has revealed the cause of death for a San Diego firefighter battling the Thomas Fire.

According to NBC affiliate, KNSD, a medical examiner determined 32-year-old Cory Iverson died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries on Thursday in an area north of the town of Fillmore. 

More than $275,000 dollars has been raised for the family of the CAL FIRE Engineer. 

GoFundMe Page was set up Thursday night by a close friend of Iverson's wife Ashley. Ashley posted her first comment on Facebook since the tragedy: “Your prayers are lifting me higher than you could ever imagine. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God is good.”

Many firefighters and first responders are wearing a black band over their badges in honor of Iverson. 

According to CAL FIRE, Iverson was part of a five-engine strike team made up of 17 people who arrived at the fire last week. They had most recently been assigned to the fires in Northern California.

The other members of his team have been pulled off the fire. They are expected to return to San Diego and reunite with their families.

Iverson had been with CAL FIRE since 2009.

He is survived by his wife and two-year-old daughter. The couple also has another daughter on the way.

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