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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: WV

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Lieutenant Donnie Caldwell. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Ghent Area Volunteer Fire Department, WV.

Donnie Caldwell

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 74
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 20
Date of Incident: 01/30/2007
Time of Incident: 1043hrs
Date of Death: 05/13/2010
Fire Department: Ghent Area Volunteer Fire Department
Address: PO Box 99, 2651 Flat Top Road, Ghent, WV 25843
Chief of Department: James Belcher

Incident Description: Lieutenant Caldwell, one of the firefighters injured in the 2007 Little General Store explosion in Ghent, West Virginia, has passed away from complications related to the injuries he sustained in the blast.

The propane explosion killed two other firefighters at the incident scene, Captain Fred Burroughs, and Firefighter-EMT Craig Dorsey. Two propane service technicians were also killed and five other people were injured. The explosion leveled the store, destroyed a responding ambulance, and damaged other nearby vehicles.

A report from the investigation of the fatal incident conducted by the United States Chemical Safety Board can be found at:

Incident Location: US 19 & Flat Top Lake Road.

Funeral Arrangements: Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, 05/17/2010 @ 1300hrs.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Lieutenant Donnie Caldwell, c/o Ghent Area Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 99, Ghent, WV 25843.

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Donnie Caldwell at

To date, 28 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 26 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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Comment by Brad Hoff on May 19, 2010 at 10:52am
Sorry this is late getting posted, it's been busy as I'm sure it has for all of you.

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