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Franklin County District 4 Fire Chief Killed While Fighting Brush Fire

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - The North Franklin County District 4 Fire Chief was killed while fighting a brush fire just off highway 24 near Othello Wednesday afternoon.

Fire officials say 46-year-old Chet Bauermeister was driving a snow cat converted into a fire apparatus on steep terrain when it rolled about 100 feet down a hill. 

29-year old Ryan Theroff was riding with Bauermeister when it rolled. Theroff was thrown out of the vehicle.  He was taken to Othello County Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. 

Community members tell KHQ Bauermeister's death has devastated the small town of Basin City. Both Theroff and Bauermeister are from the Basin City area.

 

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