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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Updated 12:00

A total of 12 civilians were rescued from the Kings Tower apartments fire, and four, including a three-month old child, were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Chief Richard Braun says three other firefighters were also injured, two with second degree burns, and one for smoke inhalation.  All three were treated and released.

Braun says there are three investigations into the fire that led to the death of Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon.  One will look at what caused the fire.  Braun expects that report to be issued soon.

The National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health and city departments will conduct simultaneous, but separate, investigations.  Braun says those reports will not likely come out for months.

Braun says there has been an outpouring of support from fire departments around the area, and from around the country.  He says Toledo’s fire chief was among the first to offer condolences.  Toledo lost 2 firefighters in January of 2014.

Local 48 president Matt Alter says funeral arrangements are still being planned, but the funeral will likely happen in the middle of next week.  

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The flag at Cincinnati's Firefighter memorial remains at half staff Friday morning, marking the death Thursday morning of fire apparatus operator Daryl Gordon.

Flowers, balloons, a wreath and a teddy bear are laid at the base of the memorial.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

A philanthropic experiment opens the doors on its new home Friday.  People's Liberty started last year, awarding a pair of large grants.  Now, it has offices and workspace for its support team and future grantees. 

The Haile and Johnson foundations started People's Liberty as an experiment.  Eric Avner is CEO of both.  He says the plan is to assist individuals who have ideas that could transform Cincinnati. 

Provided / Ohio Innocence Project

It's been nearly two decades since three Ohio men were sent to jail for the murder of Clifton Hudson, Jr. in East Cleveland. A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Thursday threw out the convictions of Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover, and Eugene Johnson.

Speaking from the courthouse, Attorney Brian Howe says this marks the second triple exoneration for the Ohio Innocence Project in six months.

Provided / City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon has died of  injuries suffered in battling an early morning fire at a Madisonville apartment complex, according to Mayor John Cranley’s spokesman.

The 54-year-old firefighter reportedly fell down an elevator shaft while battling the four alarm blaze at Kings Tower Apartments. A second firefighter was injured, but his condition is not known.

“We lost a hero today, and we are all mourning,” said Fire Chief Richard Braun. “Daryl lost his life in the line of duty to save others.”

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

When Hoxworth Blood Center issued an emergency appeal for blood donors in February, WVXU contacted the Community Blood Center in Dayton to see if it too was in emergency. Spokesman Mark Pompilio said there was no shortage, but he was worried about something else.

"It's definitely a concern that our biggest donor group is aging," he said.

That group is the baby boomer generation. And that concern, it turns out, is nationwide.

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