KS Firefighters Contend with Explosions at House Fire

KS Firefighters Contend with Explosions at House Fire. By Gaby Richmond-Reck.

By Gaby Richmond-Reck

Shortly after 23:30 on March 10, 2013, Shift 2 firefighters of the Independence (KS) Fire/EMS Department were alarmed for a reported fire in a vacant dwelling

Prior to fire department arrival, police confirmed a working fire and a second alarm was struck, bringing in the department chief, off-duty personnel, and additional apparatus.

Firefighters stretched a 2 1/2-inch crosslay to the front door, where a heavy body of fire was venting. At this time, a large explosion occurred in the front room of the home, driving the crew off the front porch and causing the officer-in-charge to switch to a defensive attack.

Shortly thereafter, several more violent explosions were noted, keeping the firefighters in a defensive mode. It was later determined that the explosions were caused by oxygen cylinders that had been stored in the home.

Firefighters remained on scene for three and a half hours. The fire is listed as suspicious undetermined.

KS Firefighters Contend with Explosions at House Fire. By Gaby Richmond-Reck.

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