Posted By Near Miss Team/ Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / Print
Review of basement fire SOG's and making sure to use SLICE RS tactics for initial arriving officers.
During the after action review, it was identified that due to the difficulty in finding the stairs, it was about 11 minutes from on-scene time to the explosion. During this time, no water was put on the fire. The basement window should have been taken out and the fire reset. The initial fire attack went in the delta side, search crews went in the alpha side, and the backup line with fire attack was going around to the Charlie side. All these doors were opened up feeding the house with dense cold oxygen-filled air. The flow path needs to be controlled. One of the rescue crews assigned to search stated they exited the structure because something didn't seem right as they were having a tough time seeing. This could have been radioed to command. Upon arrival, there was not much smoke showing. When the crews started to enter there was brown smoke showing and it was getting thicker, this should have been a clue. Afterward, it was discovered the occupant had been moved to a nursing home a few weeks prior, so the house was vacant and the fire went unnoticed for some time before a neighbor saw the smoke from the eaves. The next day an eight inch piece of broken glass was discovered stuck in the wood siding of the house next door. A lot of things could have caused this to be a devastating fire, luckily only one firefighter ended up with a twisted ankle.
With the fire occurring at 0130, it was also dark out
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