ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – A volunteer firefighter has died just hours after returning home from fighting a fire.

It happened southeast of Lexington in Estill County.

The fire department there says Zachary "Chase" Clevenger responded to a fire last night and returned home just before midnight.

The 30-year-old was found unresponsive by his wife around seven Saturday morning.

Clevenger was a volunteer firefighter with Estill County Fire Department and a career firefighter with Montgomery County Fire and EMS.

NOTE (From Supporting Heroes):  Firefighter Clevenger's death is classified as "line of duty" pursuant to the provisions of the Hometown Heroes Act and Dale Long Act.  In general, if a person suffers a heart attack, stroke or vascular rupture (that later proves fatal) within 24-hours of non-routine stressful or strenuous duty, it is presumed to have occurred in the line of duty -- absent compelling medical evidence to the contrary.  As noted, Firefighter Clevenger engaged in such duty several hours before his death.

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