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Fire Behavior: Firefighters Escape Close Call in Wind-Driven Fire

BY AARON HUMMEL AND ROB CHRISTENSEN On August 1, 2013, Boise (ID) Fire Department (BFD) firefighters battled a three-alarm, three-story residential structure fire and came within inches of suffering a tragic loss. Five members narrowly avoided being buried when a structural collapse occurred. The 6,200-square-foot wood-frame home sat back on a corner lot. The residence was built in the late 1950s and had received approximately 4,000 square feet in additions throughout the years. The house was undergoing finishing work and was not lived in at the time of the fire. One of the captains assigned to the first alarm had seen photos of the interior on a real estate Web site two weeks prior to th...

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