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Failed Communication Blamed for Marathon Co. Deputy Death in Abby Theatre

Failed communication is being blamed, at least in part, for the death of a Marathon County Sheriff's Deputy in a fire at the Abby Theatre in March.

The Abbotsford Fire Department says it is now up to code on all, but one safety violation.

That word comes after the findings of a state investigation into that deadly fire.

Marathon County Deputy and Colby Firefighter Jamison Kampmeyer was killed when the roof collapsed.

The state investigated and found the Abbotsford Fire Department failed to comply with seven safety codes that day.

The report details that the Abbotsford Fire Department failed to establish a communication line with the Colby Firefighters, who were called in as back-up.

As a result, the Colby Firefighters were unaware of any special hazards.

In order to make sure this never happens again, both the Abbotsford and Colby Fire Departments participate in mutual response training once a month.

They have also established an automatic mutual response for structural fires.


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