COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Columbia firefighter has died after trying to help evacuate University of Missouri students from their apartments after a second-story walkway collapsed.
The Columbia Fire Department issued a news release Saturday morning announcing the firefighter's death. He was not being identified until relatives can be notified.
The exterior walkway at University Village apartment complex collapsed about 4 a.m. Saturday, but school officials said no apartment residents were hurt.
University Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin issued a statement Saturday expressing his condolences to the family of the firefighter.
University spokesman Christian Basi said there are 12 units in the apartment complex, and 18 people were there at the time of the collapse.
Basi says residents were being housed in area hotels and provided with assistance to meet their immediate needs.
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