Northern Indiana firefighter dies at business fire

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Authorities say a firefighter was killed and another injured while battling a large blaze at a northern Indiana business.

Officials tell WNDU-TV and WSBT-TV that members of the New Carlisle fire department were inside the building Tuesday night when a roof collapsed. The body of the firefighter who died was found early Wednesday. He was identified as New Carlisle Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook.

Officials say the other firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries but details weren't immediately available.

The LaPorte County Herald-Argus reports the fire was at K-Fex Excavating and Trucking near New Carlisle, about 15 miles west of South Bend.

The fire gutted much of the building, with flames shooting through its roof.

Gov. Mike Pence issued this statement:

"I was saddened to learn of the death of New Carlisle Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook, who lost his life protecting the safety of Hoosiers. Today, Indiana mourns the loss of a true Hoosier hero. On behalf of the state, the First Lady and I extend our condolences to his family and friends and hold them in prayer during this difficult time."

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