LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Authorities say one firefighter was killed and another was injured while battling a brush fire in south-central Ohio.

According to the McArthur Fire Department in Vinton County, 26-year-old Ryan Seitz died Thursday evening when a cap on a pressurized water tank flew off and struck him.

Local media report that Seitz was a volunteer firefighter and had been working alongside firefighters from about a dozen other agencies to extinguish the fire in neighboring Ross County.

The McArthur Fire Department says another of its firefighters was injured in the incident. A spokeswoman for Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe tells The Columbus Dispatch that that firefighter was treated and released.

The fire threatened the village of Londonderry, briefly causing about 20 homes to be evacuated.

The causes of the fire and the explosion are under investigation.


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We are very saddened by the news of the passing of firefighter Ryan Seitz. Our hearts go out to his family and to the McArthur Fire Department.
thoughts and prayers are with the fam and everyone involved

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