City finds flaws in response to fire that killed firefighter

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Posted: Mar 10, 2015 7:11 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fire department investigation is finding flaws in the response to a December house fire that killed a Philadelphia firefighter.

The Inquirer reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1GANY7c ) the review found delayed responses, tactical errors and communications breakdowns revealed lingering training deficiencies.

Joyce Craig died in the Dec. 9 fire. The 36-year-old was the first female firefighter in Philadelphia to die in the line of duty.

The mother of two served 11 years.

The Inquirer reports Craig became trapped and made a Mayday call after another firefighter's breathing mask collapsed on her face and fled the house.

The newspaper says firefighters didn't realize Craig was left behind for 6 minutes and didn't pull her from the home for 17 minutes.

The department did not respond to the newspaper's requests for comment.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com