New York City firefighter falls and dies while battling rooftop fire

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NEW YORK (NBC) -- A New York City firefighter was killed Thursday when he fell from a rooftop while battling a fire.

The fire started on the second floor of an apartment building in the Ridgewood section of Queens.

Firefighters were actively trying to get the blaze under control when, witnesses say, they saw a man fall onto the pavement.

Authorities say 42-year-old firefighter William Tolley was on the roof of the building when he fell five stories.

He was taken to a hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Tolley was a 14-year veteran, and officials don't yet know what caused him to fall.

He leaves behind a wife and eight-year-old daughter.

Three civilians suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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