The California wildfires have scorched 249,500 acres of the state since early December, leaving behind devastation, destruction and absolute heartache. The wounds have just gotten deeper with the news that the powerful Thomas Fire has claimed the life of a 32-year-old firefighter.
On Thursday, Fire Apparatus Engineer Cory Iverson, died while fighting of what’s being considered one of the “top five largest fires in California’s history,” according to fire officials. Tragically, Iverson leaves behind his pregnant wife, Ashley, and their 2-year-old daughter.
“Anne and I are saddened by Engineer Cory Iverson’s tragic death,” California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement. “His bravery and years committed service to the people of California will never be forgotten.” Iverson worked for the department’s San Diego Unit as a member of a fire strike team, also known as Cal Fire, since 2009. A serious accident review team is investigating the exact cause of death.
( H/T nbcnews.com )