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.

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