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Report details events surrounding Asheville firefighter's death

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A federal report released Monday details the events that led up to an Asheville firefighter's death last year and makes recommendations on how to protect firefighters in the future.

Capt. Jeff Bowen died July 28, 2011, while battling a three-alarm blaze at a medical building. Investigators said Bowen died from smoke inhalation.

Nine other firefighters were injured in the fire.

The report from the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health said that Bowen's oxygen tank was depleted after making several trips on flights of stairs while fighting the fire. It also said that Bowen removed his mask when his oxygen ran out.

The report also said that another firefighter tried to carry Bowen out of the burning building, but fell down a flight of stairs and was knocked unconscious.

The building's sprinkler system was also inadequate to fight the fire, according to the report.

Among its recommendations, the report said that the fire department should review its standard operation procedures, developing a strategy for low and high risk incidents and an incident action plan for all firefighters.

The report also said the department should have proper training for air management.

Arson was determined to be the cause of the fire, but no arrests have been made.

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