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Report: Failures contributed to 2 Kansas City firefighters' deaths

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John Mesh and Larry Leggio were caught under a brick wall as it collapsed in a two-alarm fire near Independence and Prospect avenues on Oct. 12, 2015. (KCTV5) John Mesh and Larry Leggio were caught under a brick wall as it collapsed in a two-alarm fire near Independence and Prospect avenues on Oct. 12, 2015. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A newly released report says two firefighters killed while battling a Kansas City blaze shouldn't have been in an alley next to a building that collapsed.

The report Thursday from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health cites a series of operational failures that contributed to the October 2015 deaths of 39-year-old John Mesh and 43-year-old Larry Leggio. Among the issues was a failure to establish and maintain a collapse zone around the building.

Firefighters already have adopted safety steps that were among the recommendations in the report. They include counting heads after firefighters are ordered out of a collapse zone.

Berardi says he doesn't want to "make excuses." He says the focus is to "correct" issues so they don't happen again.

Read the full report below: 

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