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UPDATE: Fire In Tioga County Claims Life Of Owego Fire Fighter

Written By: Candice Cole
UPDATE: Fire In Tioga County Claims Life Of Owego Fire Fighter

NEWARK VALLEY---(WENY) A house fire that broke out just before 11:00pm Monday night in Newark Valley has taken the life of 34-year-old Owego Fire Captain, Matthew J. Porcari and has injured another firefighter, 28-year-old Daniel G. Gavin.

    According to Renee Fox, spokesperson for the Owego Fire Department, Gavin was injured when he fell through the floor of the burning house on 871 Chamberlain Rd. He suffered severe burns to his face and hands and was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. There is no word yet, however, on what caused Porcari's death.     

     Mutual aid was sent for from six area fire crews, including Campville, Newark Valley, Berkshire, Maine, Owego and Union Center.

     A medical helicopter had been called to the scene around 11:40pm, however that request was denied due to inclement weather.

     The Newark Valley Fire Department will be holding a press conference this afternoon. Please stay with WENY-TV News for the latest developments in this story.