W.Va. Firefighters Didn't Hear Alert To Evacuate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cottle, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal investigators say two firefighters who died fighting a mobile home fire in Nicholas County apparently didn't hear alerts to evacuate when the water supply ran low.

In a recent report, the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health says the firefighters didn't have personal alert safety systems and radios.

Other factors cited by the report were a lack of administrative controls regarding wearing respiratory protection and wind that pushed smoke through the structure.

Forty-nine-year-old Lt. Johnnie Hammon and 26-year-old Timothy Nicholas were killed Feb. 19 while fighting the fire in the Cottle area.

Both men were members of the Craigsville Beaver Cottle Volunteer Fire Department.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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