Multiple Rescues in Multiple-Dwelling Fire

By Michael M. Dugan ON ARRIVAL, HEavy fire is showing out of the windows of a third-floor apartment on the exposure D side of the fire building, a seven-story building of noncombustible (Type II) construction. This apartment is on the C-D corner of the building. This building has no fire escapes, and trapped residents are depending on the fire department for rescue from areas adjacent to and above a heavily involved apartment fire. There are about 20 units per floor in this building. The Hempstead (NY) Fire Department, with help from 12 mutual-aid departments, made 30 rescues from the interior and exterior of the building. About 12 rescues were made by portable ladders, aerial ladders, an...

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