Career Lieutenant and Fire Fighter Killed and Two Fire Fighters Injured by Wall Collapse at a Large Commercial Structure Fire

Report Date: November 2013

In 2012 in Pennsylvania, a fire officer and firefighter lost their lives and two firefighters were injured when a wall collapsed during firefighting operations in a vacant commercial structure fire. The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program studied this large fire that spread, partly due to high winds, through an entire factory and warehouse complex and extended into additional commercial and residential structures. A summary of events and recommendations are presented. These investigations should be used to learn from tragedy in an effort to avoid similar losses in the future.

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Career Lieutenant and Fire Fighter Killed and Two Fire Fighters Injured by Wall Collapse at a Large Commercial Structure Fire - Pennsylvania. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2012-13, 2013. Print.

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