Boston (MA) firefighters battled a five-alarm fire today at a historic church.
No one was inside the building when the fire broke out and no civilians were injured, but eight firefighters suffered a variety of minor injuries, according to a report from The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/173iPUO). The fire at St. John the Baptist Church sent up a smoke plume that was visible for miles, and the building is expected to be a total loss.
An immediate evacuation of the fireground was called when pieces of the ceiling began to fall on firefighters inside the building, spurring fears of collapse. Firefighters set up a collapse zone to protect people and buildings in the area.
For further details on the incident, go to http://bo.st/173iPUO.
For more training on structural collapse, consider Construction Concerns for Firefighters: Structural Collapse ,
Structural Collapse Under Fire Conditions, and Drill of the Week: Structural Collapse Rescue.