Two Career Fire Fighters Die in a Rapid Fire Progression While Searching for Tenants - Ohio

Report Date: April 2015

On January 26, 2014, two firefighters lost their lives while fighting an arson fire in a converted two-story apartment building. Firefighters arrived with smoke showing from the building. Heavy black smoke and fire were visible from the rear windows, indicating a ventilation limited fire, when crews made entry to the second floor through a window on side A and a door on side D. As firefighters entered the building to begin suppression, the room flashed over and the first attack crew transmitted a Mayday. As crews continued to fight the fire, two missing firefighters from the first attack crew were found and removed from the building. Both firefighters succumbed to the thermal injuries. This NIOSH report details the events of the incident, discusses fire behavior phenomena, and provides recommendations based on the investigation. 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. Two Career Fire Fighters Die in a Rapid Fire Progression While Searching for Tenants - Ohio. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report #F2014-02, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/pdfs/face201402.pdf.

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