Volunteer Fire Fighter Caught in a Rapid Fire Event During Unprotected Search, Dies After Facepiece Lens Melts - Maryland

Report Date: July 2012

On January 19, 2011, a firefighter lost his life while searching for residents above the fire floor during an apartment fire in Maryland. The fire originated in the kitchen of a first floor apartment and spread vertically through an open sliding door. When the fire department arrived, the apartment of origin was fully involved and there were residents trapped on the second and third floors. The victim and another fire fighter were searching the third floor while a resident rescue was being completed on the second floor. During the rescue efforts on the second floor, ventilation introduced air and caused the oxygen-depleted fire to intensify. The crew on the third floor was caught in the rapid fire progression. One member of the crew was injured while escaping through a window. The victim was unable to escape, had his personal protective equipment compromised by thermal conditions, and succumbed to 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. Volunteer Fire Fighter Caught in a Rapid Fire Event During Unprotected Search, Dies After Facepiece Lens Melts - Maryland. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report #F2011-02, 2012. Print. 

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