Berardi Says KCFD Probe of Deadly Fire Starts After First of Year

Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi says his department’s own investigation into a deadly fire that killed two fighters will start after the first of the year.

The fire happened almost two months ago.

“So we’re not trying to wait. Trying to let people forget what happened.
We’re respecting the families. We’re respecting the firefighters who were there.and we’re going to do it on our own timeline,” Berardi told KMBC TV.

Since the October 12 fire, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determined the blaze was set. A former businesswoman who had a nail shop on the building has been accused of arson.

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) , has been investigating the fire since Berardi says he asked them to come in.

NIOSH says it is still gathering information. NIOSH expects the report to take a year to complete.

Berardi says he will lead the department’s own investigation.
He would not say who else will be on the investigation team.

“We will absolutely have an investigation. We want to look and find out what went wrong there,” Berardi said.

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