Detroit firefighters had to wade through a hoarder’s collection inside a small private dwelling before making a rescue Tuesday. Firefighters arrived at the structure and encountered ‘debris’ waist high in most places, floor to ceiling in others. They did not realize until later that they had located the 67-year old victim inside a bathroom, due to all of the contents. Fire, believed to have started in the kitchen, eventually burned through the roof.
Consider if your department encountered the same fire situation, with the same dwelling. It shouldn’t be too hard a stretch of the imagination, as the structure looks typical of any small town home. What are your initial resources on the alarm, on a weekday morning? What additional resources are available after a working fire is confirmed? Do you have enough staffing to devote to a lengthy, or inordinate, search as well as fight the fire (consider SCBA air time also)? Do you believe increasing horizontal ventilation would contribute to the fire’s spread?
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Duplex Fire with Rescues (Videos) – August 8, 2012
- Why We Search: Rescue in New York, Bodies in Texas, Colorado and Ontario – October 29, 2013
- Kentland Working: Fatal Fire in Glenarden – February 21, 2013
- P.G. Working:
Probie Makes a Grab During Townhouse Fire, Video Interview of Occupant and Rescuer – October 2, 2013