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Firefighter injured in Middletown accident released from hospital

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A Middletown firefighter who was injured in a sewer accident last week has been released from the hospital.

Fire Marshal Bob Hess has been released from Atrium Medical Center and is now recuperating at home.

Hess and Fire Captain Todd Wissemeier were attempting to rescue city worker Jabin Lakes after he was overcome by toxic fumes in a manhole on Friday. Lakes died in the accident.

Wissemeier remains in Miami Valley Hospital. City officials say reports are "cautiously optimistic."

"We appreciate all members of the community who have come together to help deal with this tragedy.  Particularly helpful have been the volunteer Police and Fire Chaplains who are continually available to us during times of need," said Fire Captain Todd Landen.

Landen says the investigation into the accident is ongoing. Periodic air quality monitoring in the manhole where the accident occurred is continuing. There is no evidence that anything harmful is being released into the air.

Indications are that whatever created the problem is confined to the section of sewer at that location only and the area has been secured so it is not accessible to the public.  City of Middletown representatives are in the process of bringing in additional experts to assist in the investigation.

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