HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Investigators are looking at everything from the dispatch tapes to the air pack worn by Firefighter Kevin Bell to determine the cause of death in the fatal fire on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford.
A static, fuzzy “mayday, mayday” can be heard on the dispatch recordings followed seconds later by “command all units, command all units, bail out. All units, come out of the building now.”
As of Wednesday night, the Hartford Fire Department and the State Police Fire Marshal are not officially commenting on the investigation into the death of Firefighter Bell, but News 8 has confirmed that Bell was low on air while fighting the fire.
In a statement released by the fire department Wednesday, officials say all normal procedures were followed, and they are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation.
“The examination and testing of all equipment in an incident such as this is standard operational procedure,” reads the statement. “Any speculation that it means anything but that is premature and irresponsible.”