Cincy firefighter dies after fall down elevator shaft

Firefighter falls down elevator shaft in Cincinnati. (Photo/WLWT)
Firefighter falls down elevator shaft in Cincinnati. (Photo/WLWT)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati say a 29-year veteran firefighter has died of injuries sustained during rescue efforts in a southwest Ohio apartment complex blaze.

The city says 54-year-old Daryl Gordon died at a hospital Thursday morning after being pulled from a building. Chief Richard Braun says the department is mourning the loss of a hero.

Authorities said earlier that the firefighter was removed by stretcher after apparently falling down an elevator shaft.

Another firefighter was taken to a hospital after suffering second-degree burns. There was no immediate update on his condition.

The fire was reported at about 5:45 a.m. Thursday at King Towers complex. Firefighters rescued upper-floor residents by ladder. Authorities said all residents were safe, but several residents were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause was under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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