Volunteer Captain Dies After Floor Collapse Traps Him in Basement - New York

Report Date: May 2014

On January 22, 2013, a fire officer lost his life when the floor collapsed and he was trapped in the basement at a residential structure fire. The officer and another officer were extinguishing fire in the attic from a first floor position when the unseen fire below them in the basement compromised the floor that they were standing on. After they fell through the floor, one officer was able to climb out of the collapsed section with a melting face piece. Although the officer and firefighters were in contact with the other fire officer, he succumbed to the thermal conditions 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. Volunteer Captain Dies After Floor Collapse Traps Him in Basement - New York. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report #F2013-02, 2014. Print.

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