Jefferson City, Tn., Fire Chief Treated At Erlanger Burn Unit

Sunday, March 3, 2002
Firefighter Shane Murray was pictured washing the fire truck shortly before his death in a blaze at Jefferson City, Tn. Click to enlarge all our photos.
Firefighter Shane Murray was pictured washing the fire truck shortly before his death in a blaze at Jefferson City, Tn. Click to enlarge all our photos.

The fire chief of the Jefferson City, Tn., Fire Department was treated at the Erlanger Medical Center Burn Unit after a tragic fire on Friday afternoon.

Fire Chief Lee Turner was treated and was released on Sunday.

A young fireman, Shane Murray, was killed in the blaze. He was 21 and had been a fireman for seven months.

Two other firemen from Jefferson City were treated and released.

Officials said Murray had already helped battle one fire and was headed back to the downtown fire station when, around 3 p.m. Friday, he and fellow firefighters saw smoke coming from a house on Eastern Avenue. Murray, Fire Chief Turner, Lt. Sean Cameron and Fire Inspector Geoff Woolard launched a quick effort to save the burning house, pulling a fire hose inside to douse the flames, the Jefferson City newspaper said.

Somehow the men became trapped inside, and there were reports of an explosion. An initial probe indicated the roof collapsed.

Funeral services for Shane Murray will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Burialt will follow in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens, with the Knoxville Fire Department's honor guard providing full fire department honors.

The family will be receiving friends at First Baptist Church from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.

It is asked that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Jefferson City Fire Department Thermal Imager Fund, P.O. Box 530, Jefferson City, TN, 37760.


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