Miami (FL) Firefighters Battle Laundromat Fire

Structural Firefighting: Miami (FL) Firefighters Battle Laundromat Fire

Photo provided by Lt. Ignatius Carroll, Jr

On December 6, 2013, Miami (FL) Fire Rescue responded to a Code One Laundromat Fire at the corner of NW 7th Street and 23rd Ave just after 6pm.

Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke showing from the front door and several exterior vents. According to the manager, she saw smoke coming from the ceiling near the dryer and quickly evacuated the building.

Firefighters initiated an interior fire attack and quickly searched the building. The fire rapidly traveled through the drop ceiling and dryer lint chutes, making it challenging for firefighters to extinguish.

As the fire continued to spread, the ceiling began to weaken, forcing firefighters to back out and assume a defensive attack mode. Moments later, the ceiling and sections of the roof collapsed.

The fire was brought under control about two hours later and there were no reported injuries. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

For more on structural collapse, consider Structural Collapse Under Fire Conditions, Rescue Points to Ponder: FIRE AND COLLAPSE , and COLLAPSE :MOVEMENT OF THE STRUCTURE.



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