December 23, 2005 - 3:36 p.m. CST
JERICHO - The local volunteer fire department is being blamed for failing to respond to a fire earlier this week that claimed the life of a disabled local resident.
Robert Simmons was trapped in his burning home and was asphyxiated. Simmons was disabled and confined to a wheelchair.
The Jericho Volunteer Fire Department failed to respond as dispatchers apparently could not contact any member. Firefighters, on the other hand, claimed they never got the calls.