A Career Captain Dies and 9 Fire Fighters Injured in a Multistory Medical Building Fire

Report Date: June 2012

In 2011 in North Carolina, a fire officer lost his life and nine firefighters were injured while searching for the fire in a six-story building. After experiencing water supply issues, the officer and several firefighters continued to operate on the fire floor with their low-air alarms active. Several of the members ran out of air in the hazardous environment. The fire officer was dragged out of the fire floor, but succumbed to the smoke and fume inhalation. The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program investigated the incident, generated a likely timeline, and provided causal factors and recommendations to prevent other such incidents. These investigations should be used to learn from tragedy in an effort to avoid similar losses in the future.

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  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

    Each year an average of 100 firefighters in the United States die in the line of duty. To address this continuing national occupational fatality problem, NIOSH conducts independent investigations of firefighter line of duty deaths. This web page provides access to NIOSH investigation reports and other fire fighter safety resources.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A Career Captain Dies and 9 Fire Fighters Injured in a Multistory Medical Building Fire – North Carolina. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2011-18, 2012. Print.

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