ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) — A firefighter from New York died on Friday after a tree fell across a road at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate during a storm, officials said.
According to the Freeport Fire Department, located in Freeport, N.Y., Casey Skudin died in the incident. He was a decorated veteran of the Fire Department of the City of New York, also known as FDNY.
Three adults and a child in the car were taken to Mission Hospital, authorities said.
Buncombe County EMS, Asheville Fire Department and Biltmore crews responded to the incident.
The Biltmore released the following statement:
“This is a devastating tragedy and we are deeply saddened by this news. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the family and their loved ones, and we are offering assistance at this time.“
The incident remains under investigation.