The Memphis Fire Department has inspected bay doors at its stations after firefighters missed calls because they were trapped inside their station during a power outage.
Memphis news outlets report a fatal fire occurred nearby while fire equipment was stuck behind inoperable doors on Nov. 27.
Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson says the station's firefighters wouldn't have responded to that blaze even if the doors were working.
He says they should already have been on a medical call that arrived before the fire report.
The firefighters tried to open the electronic door manually during the outage. But the chain fell off the pulley system, blocking their exit.
The malfunction led to a department review of alternative plans in such instances. Benson says manual bay door lifts at all fire stations have been inspected.