COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Two firefighters were killed in a fire in Colerain Township on Friday morning, Cincinnati television station WLWT reported.
The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. at a home on Squirrels Nest Lane. Two members of the first arriving Colerain Township fire crew went into the home to start fighting the fire.
More firefighters arrived but they lost radio contact with the firefighters. A second alarm was issued and units from nearby Fairfield were called to assist.
Shortly thereafter, the fire command still could not reach the lost firefighters and made a mayday call to track all the firefighters. Other firefighters found a fire hose in the home without anyone around it.
Fire Department spokesman Steve Conn said that it appears that the home's floor collapsed, sending both firefighters into the basement. Both were covered in rubble when they were found, Conn said.
No names have been released. Conn said both firefighters' bodies have been recovered from the home.
The last time a Colerain Township firefighter died in the line of duty was in the 1970s, Conn said.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and fellow firefighters of Robin and Brian. May God ease your sorrow and may you always remember with pride and love the people that they were and the things they did for others.
My thoughts and prayers are with this family in their time of loss. My most sincerest condolences on your loss. God bless all of my brothers and sisters in this line of work.
Eng.K.Wagner Lake St. Louis Fire Prot. Dist.
Our departments condolences, when I read the news reports snap judgement was that it could occur anywhere. These were personnel doing the job, even when we try to do things "by the book" sometimes timing is just not there. Hopefully we can learn from this tragedy.
The details of the article are a little sketchy but that's usually the case with any breaking news that hasn't been fully investigated yet. It all happened so fast. I'm glad everyone got the word out quickly though. The support these guys are getting from fellow fire service, the township, the city, civilians...it's gut-wrechingly toughing. Thanks. Keep them in your prayers. The critical incident teams are scheduled for a meeting tomorrow when the guys from that unit are due back. Anyway, thanks everyone.
R.I.P Robin and Brian!