Incident Detail: 1995 Call No. 46
Call No. 46
Structure Fire w/ent
661 South Street
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November 22, 1995
Company 22 was dispatched to a report of a structure fire with entrapment. Also dispatched were companies 23 and 24. Chief 22-1 arrived on the scene and reported heavy fire showing with someone trapped on the second floor. Two other occupants of the structure had escaped by breaking out a second floor window, running across a snow-covered roof above a one story addition, and jumping from the roof to the ground below. Both patients were transported to the hospital with cuts and burns. Engine 22 responded with a crew of six and arrived on side 1 with electric power lines burning off and dropping to the front of the structure. Engine 23 arrived and set up in the alley to the rear of the structure. Truck 22 came in from the Spruce Street side and staged on the upper side of side 1. Their manpower laddered the structure and went to the roof to vent. Numerous entry attempts were made by Company 22 crews in the front and Company 23 crews in the rear, but they were driven back by intense fire. Engine 24 arrived and staged at the corner of Spruce and South Streets, sending their manpower to the scene to assist. Company 66 was dispatched to relocate to Station 22. After many failed attempts to gain entry to the structure, attack mode was switched to defensive, and lines were used from the exterior until the bulk of the fire was knocked down. After knockdown and during overhaul, one victim was located in a second floor bedroom near the rear window. Janet White, age 38, perished as a result of the fire. Firefighters from Company 22 recovered her body and turned it over to the County Coroner. Extensive overhaul was performed until all hot spots were located and extinguished. Company 66 assisted with repacking all 1400 feet of 5 inch supply line that was pulled and laid from the hydrant at the first bridge to the front of the structure. Companies were placed available by Chief 22.
Around 19:00 that same evening, Engine 22 returned to the scene of this fire with a full crew to assist the family in retrieving some personal items from the home, which was too damaged to allow them safe entry on their own.
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