I-Team Exclusive: 911 Dispatcher Fired In Connection With Deadly Fire

Published 06/13 2014 06:32PM

Updated 06/13 2014 11:09PM

The I-Team has confirmed from sources close to the investigation involving a questionable 9-1-1 dispatch during a deadly fire in Mocanaqua that a dispatcher has been fired and another suspended for two days without pay. The case centers around an apparent mix-up at 9-1-1 during a fire call on May 15th in Mocanaqua. 52 year old Michele Dzoch died in the fire at her home on Main Street. A recording of the initial dispatch obtained by the I-Team shows that 9-1-1 dispatched firefighters in the Conyngham Borough area of Luzerne County t a non-existent fire in that borough instead of dispatching firefighters to a blaze in Conyngham Township in Mocanaqua.  Luzerne County officials said they could not comment saying it was a personnel matter The Union representing 9-1-1 dispatchers did not return emails or calls left by this reporter. People who live near the fire scene told Eyewitness News that firefighters did not arrive on scene for some 20 minutes after the called 9-1-1. A relative of Dzoch said he could not comment saying it was now a legal matter.

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