Photographer's heartbreaking photo of fallen firefighter with babies goes viral

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MADISON, Wis. - A heartbreaking photo of the firefighter captain who was killed in an explosion in Sun Prairie, which injured several others and wrecked the downtown area, went viral on social media hours after his death.

Angelic Angles Photography posted the image to its Facebook page Wednesday morning showing support for the family of 34-year-old Cory J. Barr, who was killed Tuesday night after a gas explosion destroyed his own business, The Barr House. The blast leveled the tavern and some nearby structures, caused fires that burned for hours and injured several others.

Barr is survived by his wife, Abby, and twin daughters who are now 3 years old.

"Our prayers will continue for Abigail Anne Barr and her sweet girls as they grieve a terrible loss," Angelic Angles Photography wrote with the post.

The photographer shared an undated photo of Cory Barr in his firefighter uniform holding his infant daughters who are each wearing knit baby-size firefighter outfits including little red fire hats. As of Wednesday afternoon, the post had more than 1,800 likes and had been shared more than 800 times.

"Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of an incredible man, husband, and father," the photographer wrote. "It's obvious by the outpouring of love his family is receiving today how many people Cory Barr touched in his life."

Several fundraising efforts for the Barr family and others affected by the explosion Tuesday. GoFundMe compiled links to all of its verified fundraisers in a single spot: