UPDATE: A FIREFIGHTER has died after battling a house fire in Gisborne, west of Melbourne, this morning.
The emergency services worker, who is yet to be identified, was one of 30 firefighters dispatched to a blaze at a Gisborne property just before midnight.
About six fire trucks from the Gisborne, Sunbury and Riddells Creek brigades were called to a fire raging out of control at the back of a single-storey weatherboard home.
One person was inside the property at the time of the fire but managed to escape unharmed.
A CFA spokeswoman said a firefighter from the Gisborne brigade had been located away from the house in an unconscious state at about 1.30am.
Fellow crew members had tried to administer first aid on the firefighter and paramedics had been called to the scene but were unable to revive the man.
The cause of the firefigher’s death is not yet known and it is unclear whether he had been inside the property immediately before the incident.
Crew members this morning are being debriefed on the event and are being offered counselling.
The inferno caused significant damage to the property, which the spokeswoman described as now “unlivable”.
Read more on the Herald Sun.