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Three separate probes into fatal Madisonville fire

A firefighter carries a young child down the ladder. (FOX19) A firefighter carries a young child down the ladder. (FOX19)
Crews rescued several residents from a top floor balcony (FOX19) Crews rescued several residents from a top floor balcony (FOX19)

Officials will conduct three separate investigations into the rescue operation that left a 30-year Cincinnati Fire veteran dead.

There will be a standard fire investigation, a procedural investigation by human resources and a probe by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Fire Chief Richard Braun announced at a press conference Friday morning. He said those investigations could take more than one year to complete.

Daryl Gordon died Thursday while searching for victims inside a burning Madisonville apartment complex.

"You can do everything right and still things go wrong," Braun said to the media gathered at Engine 14, where crews had raised black mourning bunting across the front of the station. 

Firefighters were dispatched on Thursday to a 4-alarm fire at 5:31 a.m. inside the King Towers Apartments on Dahlgren Street. The complex is a five story building that houses 68 families. 

Gordon died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center after he fell down an elevator shaft at around 6:30 a.m. inside the apartment building. Fellow firefighters placed him on a stretcher and ran him out the building into a waiting ambulance.

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Three other firefighters were treated and released from the hospital after suffering minor injuries.

Residents, including children, were rescued from the top floor of the building by ladder truck. 

A Metro bus was dispatched to the area to shelter the displaced neighbors from the cold and rain. The Boston-based owners of Kings Tower Apartments says they are working with the Red Cross and Salvation Army to arrange emergency housing and supplies for those in need. Read their entire statement here.

The Cincinnati Red Cross say they are assisting 20 people displaced by the fire.  They will be setting up a shelter at the Lighthouse School at 6100 Desmond St for anyone who needs to use it.  The Red Cross have supplied the people with lunch and will be serving them dinner.  

The estimated damage has not been determined.

Fire officials are still investigating how the fire started.

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