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Accident: 138102.015 - Employee Is Killed Fighting House Fire

Accident: 138102.015 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 08/11/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1547377.01508/12/2021Frederick County, Maryland
At 4:46 p.m. on August 11, 2021, the employee, a fire captain, and his fire crew were dispatched to a house that was reported to be on fire. Once the crew arriv ed on scene they found a large, two-story, single-family home that was on fire. The employee and his crew pulled a hose line to the home and began to flow water from the exterior of the structure. The employee then left the crew and began t o conduct a 360 degree size-up of the structure. The employee met the department 's assistant chief on the side of the structure where he had pulled a hose line from the engine and was flowing water from the exterior. The employee the entere d the IDLH environment from the den exterior door and proceeded to a bay window from inside the structure. The employee and the assistant chief began to communi cate about fire conditions. The assistant chief left the employee inside the str ucture and when he returned the employee was no longer visible. A "Mayday" was t ransmitted over the radio. The employee had fallen through the floor and was tra pped in the basement. All fire department personnel on scene focused their effor ts on rescuing the employee. The employee was found unconscious in the basement was removed from the structure in full cardiac arrest. The employee was flown by helicopter to a hospital center and pronounced dead by medical staff due to smo ke inhalation.
Keywords: cardiac arrest, fall, fire, fire brigade/department, fire fighter, fire truck, floor hole, idlh, smoke inhalation, unconsciousness
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1547377.015 46 M Fatality Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa

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