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.