Career Fire Fighter Dies and Another is Injured Following Structure Collapse at a Triple Decker Residential Fire

Report Date: June 2012

In 2011 in Massachusetts, a firefighter lost his life and another firefighter was injured when they were trapped during a partial collapse during a fire. The trapped firefighters were part of a crew performing a secondary search after the building had been evacuated due to deteriorating structural conditions. The secondary search was initiated because a civilian insisted that there was somebody inside the building. The collapse trapped the victim on the first floor and the injured firefighter in the basement. 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 Fire Fighter Dies and Another is Injured Following Structure Collapse at a Triple Decker Residential Fire - Massachusetts. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2011-30, 2012. Print.

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