Chief Concerns: Fires in Vacant Buildings

Question 1 – What is a vacant building? What criteria do you use to determine that a structure is unoccupied? In the 1970s, some fire departments had separate categories for fires occurring in vacant and abandoned buildings, the thought being that...


Life safety is always a concern. Even partially vacant buildings may create extreme accountability problems for firefighters. Follow sound firefighting practices while using available resources when called to these buildings.