Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

MI Firefighter Injured in Porch Collapse

A firefighter was hurt when the porch collapsed Sunday morning at a residential fire in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

An report ( indicated a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer suffered minor injuries to his back and legs in the collapse, which trapped him the rubble. He was transported to an area medical facility.

Three residents who were at home at the time of the fire were able to escape and required treatment for smoke inhalation.

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Collapse issues are one of the many hazards firefighters encounter during structural fires. Although located on the exterior of structures, porches are affected by the overall structural integrity of a building, and therefore may be compromised by fire conditions. For more on such concerns, consider FIGHTING FIRES FROM THE UNBURNED SIDE, Near-Miss Reporting: Sharing Our Lessons Learned, and Porches: Not As Inviting As You May Think.