Switzerland Firefighter Killed Battling Blaze

Updated: 11-15-2007 09:33:43 AM

The Associated Press

ZURICH, Switzerland --

A firefighter was killed and seven others were injured while attempting to tackle a blaze in a 14th century guild house in the historic center of Zurich, police said Thursday.

The fire, which started late Wednesday, largely destroyed the wooden building that once was the headquarters of the city's powerful carpenters guild. It is now home to a restaurant.

A 44-year-old professional firefighter was killed by collapsing beams, said Zurich police spokesman Marco Cortesi.

Seven others suffered injuries ranging from broken bones to burns and smoke inhalation, he said.

The medieval building is first mentioned in documents from the mid-14th century, according to the guild, which has owned it since 1459. The second floor boasted a magnificent 18th century guild hall.