On Monday, state fire marshal investigators, along with officials from the Ohio Board of Building Standards, investigated the historic
Smoke from the fire trapped six residents, including a 2 ½-year-old boy, on a first-floor rooftop where a fire escape ladder was removed over the summer. Chief Building Inspector Bill Desvari gave permission to the building owner to remove the ladder; however, fire Chief Tom Brown said that was a violation of the state fire code.
The fire marshal was brought in to determine what the law states.
The investigators also will make a recommendation to the city about whether the ladder needs to be replaced, Safety Service Director Andrew Winemiller said.
In the meantime, Antelers employees will monitor the building 24 hours a day to alert residents at the first sign of a fire.