Funeral times announced for Columbia firefighter

Feb 24, 2014

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Bruce Britt
Credit Columbia Fire Department

The firefighter who died while helping to evacuate an apartment complex in Columbia will be remembered with services on Thursday.

Memorial services for Lt. Bruce Britt will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Crossing Church in Columbia.

Britt, a 23-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department, died Saturday when a walkway collapsed as he was evacuating people from the University Village Apartments. He was trapped beneath rubble when the walkway collapsed.

No residents were injured in the fire.

The apartment complex, built in 1956, houses students with children, married students, single graduate students and students older than 21.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says structural engineers have been brought in to examine the building. He says all other Residence Life facilities owned by the university are being inspected and that on Monday all of the university's buildings would be examined to ensure structural integrity.