Firefighter killed in Porterville library fire identified; authorities say 2 teens started the fire

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May 04 2021 05:30 pm

PORTERVILLE, California (KGPE/KSEE) — The Porterville Fire Department released the name of the firefighter killed in the Porterville library fire Tuesday.

Tuesday’s blaze started shortly after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Thurman and Main Street.

Porterville fire requested a second alarm with help from Tulare County fire, Calfire, Tulare City fire, and Fresno County fire.

The man killed has been identified as Fire Capt. Ray Figueroa, 35, of Delano.

He started with the department in 2007.

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Additionally, firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, is still missing. He’s been with the department since 2017.

Two 13-year-olds from Porterville have been arrested and booked on arson and manslaughter charges. Authorities said they set the fire.

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors ordered all county buildings and facilities to be lowered to half-staff and remain lowered for one week to honor the firefighters.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said it was sending one urban search and rescue “human remains” search dog and handler to assist authorities in searching for Jones inside the library’s rubble.

On Facebook, Porterville Fire Department provided a link to donate to the fallen firefighters and an address to send cards to.

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