SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Monday marked the somber three-year anniversary of a fire that led to two firefighter deaths in San Francisco’s Diamond Heights neighborhood.
Two veteran San Francisco firefighters, Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, died from injuries suffered in a house fire at 133 Berkeley Way on June 2, 2011.
Perez died on the afternoon of the fire, which was reported at 10:44 a.m. at the four-story hillside house. Valerio died two days later.
Both suffered serious burns and other injuries in a “flashover” fire that occurred when a broken window fanned oxygen onto flames.
A third female firefighter was also injured in the blaze but survived.
Both men worked out of Station 26 at 80 Digby St., where a small remembrance ceremony was held late Monday morning, San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
Talmadge said today’s events will be “low-key.”
By the end of the day, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White is expected to send a department-wide email to honor the firefighters on the solemn occasion.
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