Ohio 911 center closed over computer glitches

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio sheriff has suspended operations at a new 911 dispatch center because of computer malfunctions and other problems that led to a 15-minute delay in responding to a house fire.

On its first day of operations Thursday, the dispatch center near Dayton experienced a glitch in a phone relay system that caused sporadic disruptions in 911 service to a large part of Montgomery County for nearly eight hours. Sheriff Phil Plummer says it's unclear when the dispatch center will reopen.

For now, 911 calls are being transferred to a back center. The new dispatch center received 14 emergency calls reporting a house fire Thursday in Harrison Township, but only about half were answered by dispatchers.

The fire sent 81-year-old Helen Braender to a hospital for smoke inhalation, but she is expected to be OK.

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