"...New Zealand Fire Service corporate communications manager Scott Sargentina said Senior Station Officer Derek Lovell died from his injuries at Waikato Hospital.
Seven others from Mr Lovell's Hamilton-based crew were injured in the blast at Icepak Group's coolstore in suburban Tamahere on the southeast outskirts of the city..."
I don't use the term hero often- it's been seriously abused by the media.
These guys earn it all the time. Hell, anytime anything dangerous went down, I got to wait at a safe distance for them to bring the casualties out. I often saw firemen go into some real dodgey situations.
This time their number was up...