Career Captain Sustains Injuries at a 2-1/2 Story Apartment Fire then Dies at Hospital

Report Date: September 2013

In 2012 in Illinois, a fire officer sustained injuries at a 2-½ story apartment building fire and then succumbed to the injuries at a local hospital. The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program determined that rapid fire growth in the area where firefighters were operating was caused by a hidden oxygen-limited fire that was fueled by ventilation of exterior doors. Improper personal protective equipment was also a contributing factor. 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. Career Captain Sustains Injuries at a 2-1/2 Story Apartment Fire then Dies at Hospital - Illinois. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2012-28, 2013. Print.

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