Career Lieutenant Dies After Being Trapped in the Attic After Falling Through a Roof While Conducting Ventilation

Report Date: June 2012

In 2011 in Texas, a fire officer lost his life after falling through the roof and into the attic during ventilation operations on a fire in an apartment complex. The fire had spread into the attic. The fire officer was wearing his SCBA, but not his facepiece, and was overcome by the products of combustion. 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 Lieutenant Dies After Being Trapped in the Attic After Falling Through a Roof While Conducting Ventilation - Texas. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2011-20, 2012. Print.

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