Firefighting, Leadership

Firefighter Suffers Heat Stress at West Virginia Arson Fire

One firefighter suffered heat stress while responding Saturday night to a West Virginia residential fire that appears to have been intentionally set.

An initial lack of personnel was a factor during the incident in Roane County, a fire official told WSAZ (http://bit.ly/YlUCTP). Three firefighters operated at the scene without help for a half hour until help from neighboring departments arrived. The firefighter who exhibited heat stress symptoms quickly recovered.

The arson fire broke out in an empty house in Robertson Ridge just before 11 p.m. Multiple fires have reportedly broken out in the past decade on the same hill where this weekend’s fire occurred.

“It’s aggravating because you come out here trying to save people’s property and find out that the fire was intentionally set,” Frame Fire Chief Ron Russell said. “We’re putting our firefighters at risk to come out and save property that somebody doesn’t have any regard for.”

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