NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The case of a former southwest Idaho fire official who says he was fired for pushing for safer conditions at two apartment buildings will head to trial.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports a federal judge determined this week there's enough evidence showing Doug Strosnider may have been wrongfully fired in 2014 on a whistleblower claim. Strosnider had been deputy chief of the Nampa Fire Department. His firing came after he sent notices to Golden Glow Tower and Landmark Tower apartment complexes concerning fire safety regulations.

He also contacted disabled rights agencies after he says a Golden Glow representative told a deputy fire marshal they didn't allow totally blind or deaf individuals to live there. Fire Chief Karl Malott claimed he terminated Strosnider for "poor management skills and lack of judgment."

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