Owego Firefighter Killed Battling Blaze

A Southern Tier firefighter was killed and another was injured while battling a fire in Newark Valley late Monday night. 

Owego firefighters Daniel Gavin and Matthrew Porcari were inside a Chamberlain Road building when the floor collapsed around 11 p.m. Investigators say Porcari died in the fire, while Gavin was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment of burns.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. As many as 500 people showed their respect for the fallen firefighter at a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in Owego.

Porcari, a captain with Owego Fire Company 3, is survived by his wife, Christina, an 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son.


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