This particular fire was a multiple family dwelling,( apartment), it did not have any firewalls between units. Upon initial arrival it was engulfed fairly heavy.
The reasoning behind ventilating was to try and keep the fire contained in one section, and not have it spread to other units searching for more oxygen.
I didn’t make the call, I was just doing as I was told.
I made the first cut with the chop saw and the heat coming through the gap was enought to melt the blade guard.
when I was making the last cut the panel fell through, and the fire broke out from there.
The man on the hose nozzle on the roof with me was using the water stream to keep some of the heat off of me and during the process melted the nose cone of the nozzle.
when the roof gave it didn’t fall out from under me, it just sagged at an alarming rate. We were still able to get down with out much harm, but it was scary as hell riding a roof
Couple questions, and to qualify myself, been in a VFD for 9 years.
Did you have anyone inside on any kind of attack and did you consider going through side vents or eave vents on the house to gain access into the attic?
I’ve been on several house fires where we gained indirect attic access, enough to flood it, through a vent on the end of the house or by tearing out eave vents or soffit vents. Sounds like y’all got stuck on a hot roof way too soon, someone should have gone in and attacked from below or the side.
I’ve been very lucky in 9 years and have had no close calls or harrowing stories. Never been left by a partner in a burning house, never had the whole roof come down, never fallen through a floor. And frankly don’t want to. [/quote]
I was on the second truck in, they had already made a fast attack on the second story kitchen and had it knocked down, they were in the process of ripping the ceiling to fight it in the attic. The oven/stove vent wasn’t sealed properly and it caused the flame to go behind the vent through the cabinets and into the attic.