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Madison County firefighter dies from injuries he sustained when tree fell on him


JACKSON, Tennessee — Authorities say a Madison County firefighter has died from injuries he sustained when a tree fell on him.

The Jackson Sun ( reports firefighters had responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 18 Sunday morning.

During the fire, Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner said a tree broke and fell on top of firefighter Chris Blankenship, trapping him underneath the tree.

Blankenship's colleagues were able to free him and take him to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Blankenship had been a member of the Madison County Fire Department for 10 years.

Information from: The Jackson Sun,

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