Md. flags being flown at half-staff in honor of firefighter who died of injuries

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Flags in Maryland are flying at half-staff in honor of a safety officer with the Baltimore City Fire Department who died of injuries suffered in the line of duty.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of Lt. James Bethea.

Betha, a 40-year veteran of the department, was found dead in a vacant building earlier this month, hours after he and a team of firefighters responded to an early morning blaze in the building next door.

After the blaze was under control, Bethea began inspecting an adjacent vacant building where his body was found.

Baltimore City Fire Chief Niles Ford has said authorities are investigating Bethea's death.

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