LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County firefighter has died after being overcome by fire and smoke while battling a house fire.
Firefighter Jonathan Flagler was part of a crew that responded to a fire before dawn Thursday in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Interim Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone says Flagler was inside the structure when he was overcome, put out a mayday call and was pulled out by other firefighters.
He was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center but efforts to save his life were unsuccessful.
Officials say Flagler had been a firefighter for 21 years and is survived by a wife and two sons.