Projects Tag: Fatality

In 2011 in California, a fire officer and a firefighter lost their lives in a multi-level residential structure fire while searching for the fire. The fire was on the floor below the firefighters. When other crews forced entry to the…
In 2011 in Indiana, a firefighter lost his life at a church fire after the roof collapsed, trapping him in the fire. Visible flames and heavy smoke were observed from roof, but interior crews were faced with light smoke and…
In 2011 in Illinois, a firefighter lost his life when he was struck by falling debris during an exterior wall collapse at a commercial building fire. During defensive operations, the victim and another firefighter went to move a ground ladder…
A fire occurred on the evening of June 18, 2007, in the Sofa Super Store in South Carolina, taking the lives of nine firefighters in the line of duty. NIOSH and NIST analyzed the fire ground, consulted with other experts,…
A firefighter and a fire officer lost their lives when they were trapped by rapid fire progression during a wind-driven fire in a one-story ranch house in Texas in 2009. NIOSH determined that high winds contributed to rapid fire growth…
NIST has investigated the fire conditions of two fire training incidents that resulted in the loss of lives. One incident took the lives of two firefighters in 2002 in an acquired structure in Florida and the other took the life…
In 2003, a fire in the 37-story Cook County Administration Building in Chicago, Illinois resulted in six civilian fatalities and several injuries. The victims were found in a stairwell above the fire floor. To assist investigators, NIST conducted simulation using…
In 1999 in Iowa, three firefighters and three children lost their lives at a house fire. The firefighters were dispatched for a residential structure fire with three children trapped inside. With limited staffing, the three firefighter-victims arrived with brown smoke…
In 2000 in Texas, two firefighters lost their lives in a restaurant fire. The first crew arrived with fire showing from the roof, and there was a hidden oxygen depleted fire smoldering in the attic space. The firefighters were operating…
On May 30, 1999, two firefighters lost their lives and another firefighter and fire officer suffered severe burns in a townhouse fire in the District of Columbia. After confusion about the location of the fire (crews in the rear believed…
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