Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

The Perils of Rain (Double) Roofs

Issue 10 and Volume 164.

BY BILL GUSTIN On arrival, firefighters find a one-story ranch-style home with heavy smoke pushing from the soffit vents under the eaves overhanging the home’s exterior walls. The battalion chief in command of the incident suspects a fire that has either originated in or extended to the attic. Based on his observation, he orders firefighters, protected by a charged hoseline, to pull ceiling immediately on entering the front door. After forcing the front door, firefighters are surprised to find the house completely clear of smoke but are ready to fight fire over their heads in the attic when they pull the ceiling. When firefighters open the ceiling, they are again surprised and now perplexed to find only light smoke in the attic and no indication of fire. Moments later, the chief reports flames breaking through the roof. What is going on here? At another fire in the same subdivision, firefighters…

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