CRIME

Officials probing blaze, to death of veteran Cincinnati firefighter

  • Lauren Brown stands with other residents outside her King Towers apartment in Cincinnati on Thursday, March 26, 2015, after an early morning fire which resulted in the death of veteran Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon. Authorities in Cincinnati say Gordon, a 29-year veteran firefighter, died of injuries suffered during rescue efforts in the southwest Ohio apartment complex blaze. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Cameron Knight) MANDATORY CREDIT;  NO SALES

    Lauren Brown stands with other residents outside her King Towers apartment in Cincinnati on Thursday, March 26, 2015, after an early morning fire which resulted in the death of veteran Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon. Authorities in Cincinnati say Gordon, a 29-year veteran firefighter, died of injuries suffered during rescue efforts in the southwest Ohio apartment complex blaze. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Cameron Knight) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Ronnise Handy, CFO for the Cincinatti Fire Department, hugs Cincinnati District Chief Rafael Prophett, following a press conference at City Hall concerning the death of veteran Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon, who died early Thursday, March 26, 2015 morning after falling down an elevator shaft at a 4-alarm fire in Cincinnati. Handy has known Gordon since their girls, now in college, were in 2nd grade.  (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Liz Dufour) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Ronnise Handy, CFO for the Cincinatti Fire Department, hugs Cincinnati District Chief Rafael Prophett, following a press conference at City Hall concerning the death of veteran Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon, who died early Thursday, March 26, 2015 morning after falling down an elevator shaft at a 4-alarm fire in Cincinnati. Handy has known Gordon since their girls, now in college, were in 2nd grade. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Liz Dufour) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Sue Braun, wife of Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun, clasps hands with a firefighter from Station 32 in Avondale, Thursday, March 26, 2015, during the press conference about the death of Cincinatti veteran firefighter Daryl Gordon, who died early Thursday morning after falling down an elevator shaft while searching for victims at a 4-alarm fire in Cincinnati. The city says Gordon, 54, died at a hospital Thursday morning after being pulled from a building. Authorities said all residents were safe, but several residents were treated for smoke inhalation.  (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Liz Dufour) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Sue Braun, wife of Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun, clasps hands with a firefighter from Station 32 in Avondale, Thursday, March 26, 2015, during the press conference about the death of Cincinatti veteran firefighter Daryl Gordon, who died early Thursday morning after falling down an elevator shaft while searching for victims at a 4-alarm fire in Cincinnati. The city says Gordon, 54, died at a hospital Thursday morning after being pulled from a building. Authorities said all residents were safe, but several residents were treated for smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, Liz Dufour) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Investigators in Ohio are probing the cause of a blaze that led to the death of a veteran Cincinnati firefighter.

Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun says besides learning the fire's origin, local authorities will make a wide-ranging investigation of the circumstances of 29-year firefighter Daryl Gordon's death and review department policies and procedures. Federal occupational safety authorities also will investigate.

An Ohio State Fire Marshal's office spokeswoman says it is available to help, if needed.

Braun says the department is mourning Gordon's loss amid an outpouring of support from the community and other fire departments. His funeral likely will be next week.

Authorities say the 54-year-old Gordon died at a hospital Thursday morning after falling down an elevator shaft while looking for people to rescue in a burning apartment building.