City releases inspection records for King Towers apartment building

City releases inspection records for King Towers apartment building

November 4, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


MEMORY OF FIRE APPARATUS OPERATOR DARYL GORDON. SHEREE: WE ARE ALSO INVESTIGATING THE HISTORY OF THIS BUILDING ITSELF, CHECKING POLICE RUNS, REPORTS OF SAFETY VIOLATIONS, AND EVEN INSPECTION REPORTS. MIKE: WLWT NEWS 5’S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER TODD DYKES IS POURING OVER THE RECORDS FOR US. WHAT DID YOU FIND. REPORTER: THE CITY RELEASED DOZENS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS TODAY AND ALTHOUGH THEY DO DETAIL A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS AT THE KING TOWERS APARTMENT BUILDING THERE IS NOTHING TO WARN OF YESTERDAY’S DEADLY INCIDENT. THE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS FOLLOWING THURSDAY’S DEADLY FIRE INVOLVES COLLECTING EVIDENCE AND DIGGING THROUGH DOCUMENTS. AMONG THE RECORDS WLWT HAS OBTAINED A LIST OF CODE VIOLATIONS AND FIRE RUNS. I ALSO HAD THE ELEVATOR INSPECTIONS DONE BY CINCINNATI DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND INSPECTIONS. THE REPORTS INCLUDE THE SHAFT WHERE FIREFIGHTER DARYL GORDON FELL TO HIS DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE CITY THE BUILDING’S ELEVATOR WAS LAST INSPECTED IN NOVEMBER. THE INSPECTION NOTED THE PIT AREA NEEDED TO BE CLEAN. FOUR PREVIOUS INSPECTIONS DATED BACK TO 2010 FOUND PROBLEMS WITH THE TWO-WAY RADIO SYSTEM IN THE ELEVATOR. IT WAS DUE FOR ANOTHER INSPECTION NEXT WEEK. WE ALSO CHECKED THE FIRE AND AMBULANCE RUNS TO THE APARTMENTS. THE RECORDS WE FOUND SHOW 116 RUNS IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS FOR EVERYTHING FROM FIRE ALARMS TO MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. AS FOR THE PROPERTY ITSELF A CREW FROM THE CINCINNATI FIRE DEPARTMENT DID A GENERAL BUILDING INSPECTION IN SEPTEMBER OF 2013 FINDING NO VIOLATIONS. THE BUILDING IS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP SINCE 2012. THE OWNERS COMMUNITY BUILDINGS BASED IN BOSTON RELEASED A STATEMENT TO US IN PART A SPOKESWOMAN WRITES “THE COMMUNITY BUILDER IS COMMITTED TO THE SAFE OPERATION OF OUR PROPERTIES. WE ARE COOPERATING FULLY WITH INVESTIGATORS TO HELP DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE. THE BILLING HAS NO KNOWN SAFETY CITATIONS ON RECORD IN THE PAST YEAR.” REPORTING TONIGHT, TODD DYKES, WLWT NEWS 5. MIKE: THANK YOU A. SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE OWNER SAYS THAT THE COMPANY HAS INVESTED $750,000 ON REPAIRS SINCE TAKING OVER IN 2012. RIGHT NOW ON WLWT.COM THERE IS A TIMELINE INTO THURSDAY MORNING’S TRAGEDY AND A CLOSER LOOK AT THE