[cifnmedia] Coles County 911 Questioned...

  • From: Sean & Kimberly Aaron <cifn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: CIFN LIST <cifnmedia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 18:32:17 -0700 (PDT)

Fatal Fire Leads to 911 Questions
Posted: September 6, 2004
Early Sunday morning fire erupted at the home of 68-year-old Wayne Temples of 
Oakland killing him and his dog.

But now some are questioning the 911 response saying the operator wasn't 
familiar with the area.

Oakland resident Donvan Stark was driving home when he saw the flames and 
stopped to try to help.

He tried to get Temples out of the burning home, but says the smoke was too 

Temple's home caught fire around
4:00 a.m. Sunday morning. 

Donovan woke his mother Judy
who lives near Temples house and she called Coles County 911, but she says the 
dispatcher wasn't sure where Oakland was located. 

News Watch attempted to contact the Coles County 911 Center, but they refused 
to speak to us by phone. 

We went to the center and dispatchers told us the tape of
the 911 call had been reviewed. 

They say the caller didn't give an accurate description of where the fire was 

Judy Stark admits she didn't know Temple's address, but says she clearly 
defined where the fire was happening. 

Judy Stark says she doesn't believe her problem with the 911operator cost 
Temples his life, but says she plans on filing a complaint. 

Temple's dog was also killed in the fire. 

The cause is still under investigation.

Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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