Chicago Firefighters Issue Mayday After Collapse at Fire Scene

Chicago (IL) firefighters escaped injury after a roof collapse at the scene of a residential fire Friday night spurred a Mayday call on the fireground.

A man and woman were charged with arson in the fire, according to a report from The Chicago Tribune (, with the man remaining hospitalized after being injured in the incident.

Firefighters were battling the fire in the attic of the two-story brick structure when the roof collapsed, prompting a Mayday to be issued. All firefighters were accounted for afterward.

According to a police report, the fire was started when a can full of debris was doused in lighter fluid, set ablaze, then moved beside the building.

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For more training on fireground Mayday procedures, consider Mayday : Basic Concepts, Your Mayday –Use It or Lose it, and The Protocol of the Mayday Call.

For more on roof collapse and related issues, consider Fighting Fires on Rooftops Undergoing Rehab, COLLAPSE AND FIRE EXTENSION IN WOOD-FRAME CONSTRUCTION, and Truss Roof Fire, Wyckoff, New Jersey.

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