Fire chief dies after suffering cardiac arrest

KNOTTS ISLAND, CURRITUCK COUNTY - An eastern North Carolina fire chief died Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest during a fire incident.

Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Morrison was fighting a brush fire shortly after 3:15 p.m., according to a news release from Currituck County.

Morrison collapsed while fighting the fire, and was found to be in cardiac arrest, the release said.

Rescuers with Currituck EMS treated Morrison at the scene and on the way to a hospital in Virginia.

Attempts to revive the chief were not successful.

He was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m.

His age was not immediately available.

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