Firefighting, Fireground Safety

Two NY Firefighters Hurt in House Fire Flashover

Two Troy (NY) firefighters were hurt in a residential flashover Sunday night, according to the Albany Times Union.

Chief Tom Garrett told a reporter ( that the firefighters were operating at 468 Ninth Ave. in the Lansingburgh section of the city that started around 5:45 p.m. No one was home when the first crews arrived to find smoke coming from the second-floor of the one-family house. Several firefighters entered the building, but were ordered to pull back when the building flashed over.

One firefighter was taken to an area hospital for a concussion related to the explosion, while another was treated for a fractured ankle. Neither of the injuries were deemed life-threatening.

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Flashovers at residential structure fires are one extreme hazard firefighters face when responding to such incidents. For training information on flashovers, consider FLASHOVER AND BACKDRAFT: A Primer, Time Out — Out of Time: Flashover and Residential Sprinklers, FLASHOVER RISK MANAGEMENT, Trapped by Flashover : A Survivor’s Journey, and FLASHOVER RISK MANAGEMENT.