Steel Company Firefighter's Death Investigated

Nitrogen exposure is the expected cause of death for Kenny Ray Jr., 32, a fire technician/industrial firefighter for Canton, Ohio-based TimkenSteel Corporation.

Kenny Ray Jr., 32, a fire technician/industrial firefighter for Canton, Ohio-based TimkenSteel Corporation, was found dead inside the company's Faircrest plant in Canton, Ohio, on March 20, the U.S. Fire Administration and Fox8 in Cleveland reported.

USFA's fatality report said according to company officials, "Ray was checking fire extinguishers throughout the plant when members of the security team found him unresponsive in a fifth-floor elevator motor room. Nitrogen exposure is suspected as a cause in his death. The incident remains under investigation by TimkenSteel, local, state and federal authorities."

Another fire service death was recorded in Houston March 31: A cadet with the Houston Fire Department died after he collapsed while running through an obstacle course as part of a training exercise two hours earlier. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner identified him as Steven Whitfield II, 32. He had joined the department last October and was expecting to graduate from his training in June, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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