Have a look at the photo below, the call came into a four storey terraced house that had been knocked through 4 houses to make hostel type accomodation. Nothing showing but a strong smell fo smoke on arrival (5 minutes after call) Construction is Brick with timber floors, plasterboard walls with interconnecting doors through several courses of Brick between the original Houses.
This photo was taken about 1 hour after arrival...
1. What do you think happened
2. What is happening at the time of the photograph
3. What are your tactical options now
The fire occurred early in January, the temperature is around 35f
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10-17-2005, 03:30 PM #1
What are the Warning signs No1?
Last edited by SteveDude; 10-17-2005 at 03:43 PM.
10-17-2005, 05:48 PM #2
Heavy smoke showing from at least one,maybe two of the ground floor rooms, up through the floors and under the eaves of the roof suggests burning through the differing floor levels to the roof. 9/13.5m ladders placed suggests open/breached windows on the ground floor allowing oxygen enriched air to be entrained to the fire, with it has to be anticipated a reasonable fuel load in a knock through dwelling. I would venture that a good old flashover occurred about the time the windows/door went in to allow crews to access/assist ventilation of the lower floors. With luck, this will have been before offensive operations were undertaken, allowing everyone to "take a step backwards" and think (and breath) again. With the expectant loading of premises such as these and the relative ease that fire will spread via gaps in floors/walls, very soon you could be looking at a very involved building with difficult accessibility and opportunities to locate the seat of the fire. Although it will upset some of the purists, as with my last post, defensive, with 70mm lines and the aerials branches is the way to go here.United Kingdom branch, IACOJ.
10-17-2005, 06:52 PM #3
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At first glance my question is, why isnt this building better laddered? Im concerned with the volume of smoke comming from the second floor with little to none comming from the 3rd floor and again medium smoke from the 4th floor. Has complete horizontal ventilation been obtained and have crews started opening the roof? Because it appears that the second floor is vented yet the 3rd floor remains intact and the 4th does as well. An hour later is quite along time to have that much smoke still pushing from the windows. Have crews been operating here for that whole time? Was this a redispatch to a previous assignment? Is water being applied or the smoke whiteish due to the ambient air temperature? No matter what is currently going on or what has already happened to have this picture an hour into the job is not a good sign.
10-17-2005, 06:54 PM #4
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Heavy smoke, and although it is tough to determine from a still photo, it looks like faily slow moving smoke, mostly white in nature..... I'd have to partially agree with martinm and consider the involved rooms defensive, but I would pinch it there. Attack like to the neighboring apartments, all floors and including attic space which I'm guessing is shared/nonwalled in the above attic. Try to preserve the right hand half of the structure.
If possible, also set up crews to the left of the involved rooms, and just surround/drown. It looks like there is a sudden stop in the rood area, so possibly you guys already did this but if I had the personnel for it, after setting up the defensive team on the Delta side I'd trench cut the roof (does not look like a high-risk of a false or second roof).
That apartment is lost, but try to save the rest.. Just my three cents worth.
10-18-2005, 04:08 AM #5
What actually happenned here was a failure to anticipate... completely. I wasn't on the job, but it caused a lot of red faces...a fire started in some wiring in a roon on the ground floor of one of the houses. By the time the Crews fetched the TIC and started opening the walls in the location it was travelling hidden elsewhere. Bit by bit they were chasing it without anticipating it was running away from them, after a period of time it started breaking out, but by that time no 'Plan B' was in place.
The fire eventually burnt right through two of the houses.... not a good thing to happen especially if the reputation of the Brigade and indeed the Stations in this area is first class. At the time of the photograph the first floor (second floor US) has broken through and is fast finding an air supply prior becoming fully developed.
The point I was trying to make.... We have over the years coped admirably without Truck Companies.... 99/100 times our combined approach works well. But this was an example of when agressive 'opening up' of a structure was required. We don't have the equipment required, so ther wasn't a lot that we could do. But I'm sure if a weel equipped US Ladder Truck pulled up things may have been a lot easier.
Now, you have the information you need. So, pulling up again, what would you have done (Truck Co Ops) to assist the Brothewrs in London?
10-18-2005, 02:51 PM #6
Originally Posted by SteveDude
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10-20-2005, 04:23 AM #7for a good engine officer who recognized the need for a TIC"There are only two things that i know are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And im not so sure about the former."
For all the life of me, i cant see a firefighter going to hell. At least not for very long. We would end up putting out all the fires and annoying the devil too much.
10-20-2005, 08:07 AM #8
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I've also been in the embarrassing situation of chasing fire throughout a building due to not opening up aggressively. We spent 3 hours lazily chasing a slow moving fire through a 2 story sports stadium building one night, and eventually lost the entire building. The fire was started externally in some rubbish, and there just seemed to be no urgency in opening up at all - even after it was recognised that we had fire in the walls. Considering that the building was all-wood construction I just couldn't understand why there was no urgency at all, and it's got me beat as to why the boss never called for the TIC which was just 5 minutes away. We were special called above the initial response of two pumps (for extra water) so we missed the first 10 minutes or so. I've been on a few jobs that have been embarrassing, but this one is the one that I probably wish that I could forget the most.
It's job's like this that make me wish we ran truck companies. Like Steve I've had the opportunity to see how FDNY and other large U.S. departments operate, and I can see advantages to their methods.Busy polishing the stacked tips on the deckgun of I.A.C.O.J. Engine#1
...and before you ask - YES I have done a Bloody SEARCH!
10-20-2005, 08:44 AM #9Originally Posted by SteveDude
Note the difficulty of placing the cage between the trees - common to this area and even more difficult at night.
10-20-2005, 08:17 PM #10
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[QUOTE=monksown]Heavy smoke, and although it is tough to determine from a still photo, it looks like faily slow moving smoke, mostly white in nature..... QUOTE]
I'd have to disagree with that. I'd say there is plenty of velocity to indicate the smoke in that room is very hot. The outside temp probably has an influence on the smoke color on the outside, but that room is getting ready to flashover.
10-21-2005, 11:16 AM #11
Originally Posted by PFDTruck18
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