An investigation into the fire that killed 54-year-old Cincinnati FAO Daryl Gordon found that the fire was an accident, reports wcpo.com.
The report, obtained by WCPO from the Cincinnati Fire Investigators Unit, said cooking materials, specifically food and vegetable oil, were left unattended and caught fire on a stove top.
Gordon was searching for victims trapped in the Kings Tower Apartments complex on Dahlgrenn St. in Madisonville when he fell five flights down an elevator shaft, sustaining fatal injuries.
The cause of Gordon’s death remains under investigation.
A week after Gordon’s death, the city came together to celebrate the life of a civil servant many described as a lifesaver both in and out of uniform.
In addition to this report, two other investigations are currently underway, one by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and the other by the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office, are still pending.
A WCPO investigation found that the owner of Kings Tower Apartments is among the worst in the city for service calls and code violations, according to recent data.
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