- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An internal report on a blaze that killed two northwest Ohio firefighters at an apartment house says communications problems and a delayed arrival contributed to their deaths.

Many factors noted in the Toledo Fire Department’s report on the January 2014 arson were mentioned in an earlier review from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The Blade newspaper says the new internal report notes that a command officer didn’t hear the initial mayday calls made during the blaze. Some firefighters also went in without a ready water hose.

Like the federal review, the internal report recommends changes to improve safety. Toledo’s mayor tells the newspaper she’ll follow those.

The building owner accused of setting the blaze is awaiting trial on aggravated murder and other charges. He pleaded not guilty.


Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/

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