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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 992156 Event: 08/27/1994Fire Fighter Burns To Death
Fire fighters arrived on the scene at 7:58 p.m. Employee #1 and a coworker proceeded to the second floor of a three-story welfare hotel to ensure that no residents were present. On the way up, the smoke turned from white (as in a kitchen fire when toast is burning) to black, and a fire was burning on the ceiling. The coworker tried to lead Employee #1 toward the exit stairwell but a flash over caused him to fall to the floor and lose his grip on Employee #1. The two fire fighters yelled back and forth to each other. The coworker was at the stairwell and could hear Employee #1, who he believes was becoming panicky and disoriented, going in the opposite direction. The coworker exited the building to seek help. The conditions were deteriorating rapidly. Another fire fighter climbed a ladder to the second story and entered a setting room. While he was inside approximately 10 feet, a second flash over occurred, scorching the top of the ladder and forcing the fire fighter to exit. The building was engulfed with flames and collapsed. Employee #1's body was recovered the following night at 8:00 p.m. He had burned to death. The fire was alleged to be arson.
Keywords: burn, firefighter, building collapse, fire, smoke
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 115823072 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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