Two Bridgeport, Conn. firefighters have died fighting a massive house fire, according to a source briefed on the incident.

According to WTNH-TV, the city mayor’s office confirmed that the firefighters died battling a fire which broke out around 3:30 p.m. on Elmwood Avenue.

The firefighters’ names are Lieutenant Steven Velazquez and Michael Baik. Both leave children at home.

A fire source told Blast that the two firefighters were attached to Ladder 11 and were advancing an interior attack onto the third floor when they became trapped.

Initial reports indicate the house may have partially collapsed and that one of the firefighters may have called out a “mayday” over the radio.

Several other firefighters were hospitalized. No residents were hurt.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

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