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New federal report details deadly fire in Abbotsford


A newly published federal report takes us step-by-step into exactly what happened the day of a deadly fire in Abbotsford.

Colby firefighter Jamison Kampmeyer died in March while fighting the fire at the historic Abby Theatre in Abbotsford.

The report was released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Inside it says fire crews at the scene had a communication breakdown, which caused problems for both the Colby and Abbotsford fire departments.

In line with other reports, the documents states the responding fire departments were on different radio channels and important information was not being communicated to everyone on the scene.

The report also details the roof collapse, which ultimately killed Jamison Kampmeyer. Federal officials say the roof's construction is what led to the collapse. Kampmeyer and two other firefighters were inside during that time.

According to the report, Kampmeyer died of smoke inhalation after being trapped.

Since the fire, the Abbotsford fire chief tells Newsline 9 all the departments are working together to do joint mutual training to make sure something like this never happens again.

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