Vigil Held for Fallen Columbia Firefighter

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COLUMBIA - Hours after Lt. Bruce Britt lost his life evacuating University Village Apartments, friends and residents gathered at the scene for a candlelight vigil. Many did not know Britt personally, but said they wanted to pay their respects to the man who died serving the community.

"He died trying to help others," resident Paul Boudreaux said. "Trying to evacuate people from that building."

Witnesses said Britt was walking on a partially collapsed second story balcony when it fell completely on him.

"I was watching him up there for like five minutes and the next thing you know the balcony fell," Boudreaux said. "It was like an explosion."

A facebook page has also been set up in Britt's honor.