[Related: Elevator shaft the focus of Madisonville fatal fire accident]"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.
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.Copyright 2015 WXIX. All rights reserved.