Structural Firefighting: KS Firefighters Contend with Explosions at House Fire

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 explosion...

To access this articles and others like, join the Fire Engineering Training Network today.

  Gain unlimited access to the most comprehensive database of firefighter training info in the world.

  Membership in the Fire Engineering Training Network includes:

  • Exclusive Online Access to News & Articles
  • Fire Engineering Magazine Historical Archives (Online-Only)
  • Annual Print Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine
  • Annual Digital Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine

Join Now

 Already a member? Scroll down to the Login form below to access this article.


FE Logo

Log into Fire Engineering and you'll have total access to the industry's leading online resource for finest training simulations, articles, instructional videos and much more.