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Hundreds Expected At Wake For Peabody Firefighter

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Peabody firefighter James Rice.

Peabody firefighter James Rice.

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PEABODY (AP) — A wake has been scheduled for a Peabody firefighter who died battling a fire last week.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports

Hundreds of mourners are expected for the wake for 42-year-old James Rice on Thursday at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home in Peabody.

The 11-year veteran was killed while fighting a three-alarm blaze last Friday at a multi-unit home.

The exact cause of death remains under investigation but officials believe he may have breathed in toxic fumes.

The fire was ruled accidental.

Rice leaves a wife and three children.

A funeral is scheduled for Friday.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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