Officials in the Detroit (MI) Fire Department are countering criticism from a family whose child died in an accidental house fire.
Firefighters pulled Ivory Ivey, 3, from a house fire Tuesday morning and rushed her to a local hospital, but she did not survive. The girl had been trapped in an upstairs bedroom during the fire. Ivey’s grandmother, Tracey LaRock, alleges that it took 25 minutes for firefighters to arrive, and the first-on scene apparatus did not have a ladder.
Fire Commissioner Donald Austin said fire crews were at the scene five minutes after they were dispatched, but that they were somewhat handicapped in that an engine was out of service. Apparatus allegedly arrived in short order that were used to effect the rescue. Austin denied the family’s claim that no ladder had been available to reach the victim.
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