Independent investigation finds Everett fire chief was not drunk at New Year's Eve fire

EVERETT, Wash. -- An independent investigation has found that Everett Fire Chief Murray Gordon was not drunk the night of a fatal fire on New Year's Eve.

The Everett Herald reports that the city announced that they would not take any disciplinary action against Gordon. The investigation found that, per his admission, Murray consumed one glass of wine before responding to the scene of the fire.

The longtime chief, 61, admitted that his actions that night may have shown “poor judgment” and “may not have been prudent,” according to the report.

Three members of the department made allegations that Murray was impaired at the scene of the apartment fire that killed 65-year-old Mark Davis and injured more than 12 others.

Firefighters Local 46 released a statement saying public employees should not drink on duty or on call under any circumstances.


Gordon has been the fire chief since 2001.