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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...

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