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Inspectors: No major issues with elevator in Madisonville apartment where firefighter died

According to records from the city, that elevator had been inspected 10 times since 2009 with no major issues (Photo: FOX19 NOW) According to records from the city, that elevator had been inspected 10 times since 2009 with no major issues (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
MADISONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Firefighter Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon died Thursday morning while searching for victims inside a burning Madisonville apartment complex.

Gordon, a 30-year fire veteran, died at the University of Cincinnati Hospital after he fell down an elevator shaft inside the King Towers Apartments on Dahlgren Street. 

Chilling radio traffic outlines the scene by the elevator was the focus of the accident.

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"Engine 8 to Command: do you want these elevator door open on the fifth floor?"

"If you can get them open without forcing them, I would like that to occur," Command said.


That was at 6:13 a.m. Nine minutes later, Engine 8 put out a mayday call.

"Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! We have a firefighter down! He went down the shaft! Fourth floor! He went down the shaft on the fifth floor." Command said. 

According to records from the city, that elevator had been inspected 10 times since 2009 with no major issues.

Inspectors noted the elevator needed to be cleaned up and that emergency 2-way communications weren't working properly.

Nothing in the records could have prepared for the kind of tragedy that happened Thursday morning. 

The apartment building hadn't been inspected by the fire department since 2013.  The last inspector observed no violations, according to records.

Gordon was the first Cincinnati firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2003.

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