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Knotts Island Fire Chief dies fighting brush fire

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Posted at 9:06 PM, Mar 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-04 14:49:04-05

Currituck Co, N.C. - The fire chief of the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Dept. died Sunday, March 3 after going into respiratory and cardiac arrest while battling a fire.

According to Randall Edwards, public information officer for Currituck Co., Chief Scott Morrison was treated at the scene by Currituck EMS and en route to a hospital in Virginia.  They were not able to revive him, and Morrison was pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m., according to Edwards.

Morrison had been fighting a brush fire located in the 500 block of Knotts Island Road, near Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, along with other volunteer firefighters shortly after 3 p.m.

Officials say the cause of death is undetermined at this time. An autopsy has been ordered.

Chief Morrison is survived by his wife, Jessica, and two children - one son and one daughter.

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