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UPDATE – Must see video plus fireground audio: Wall collapses on firefighters at Momper Insulation Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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(Special thanks to reader Aaron Krontz for alerting us to this incident.) reports this is video shot by videographer Aaron Dohring of a wall collapse during a fire at the Momper Insulation Company at 2431 W. Main Street. The fire was reported around 11:30 this morning. Two firefighters caught in the collapse were quickly pulled free and are reported in good condition. One refused treatment and the other was taken to a local hospital.

Above is a frame just as the first debris falls. Three firefighters are seen here with the fourth in front of them operating a line into the bay door. The stream is visible above and to the left side of the head of the firefighter on the left. The firefighter on the right (the officer?) points and moves forward as the wall collapses. That firefighter and the one on the line are in the middle of it as the wall comes completely down, less than two seconds after this frame.

From The Journal Gazette:

The fire escalated and firefighters were pulled out, Willis said. After firefighters were out of the building a side wall of the building collapsed and a firefighter who was on the perimeter of the building was injured, Willis said.

It is unknown how serious the firefighter's injuries are.

In the fireground audio below from firefighterdispatch on YouTube the evacuation occurs around 9:30. The collapse is reported at 23:15.

Besides multiple collapses, another issue has been the concern about hazardous materials and toxic runoff. Below is video from a press briefing about the fire.


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  • Louis

    That's a shame the audio didn't continue just a few more minutes.  Command used a litte "French" language in regards to personnel operating in the collapse zone.

  • FireGears

    GOOD JOB, Chief.!!!
    Kept FFs off the roof and went defensive prior to killing any personnel.
    Although, probably should have made the collapse zone a little bit larger.
    Too bad there were not any fire extinguishing additives being used
    to make the plain water much more effective
    on this large, non-ordinary combustible type fire.
    But no funerals so that’s a very good thing.

  • FirefighterAl

    What FireGears said…
    Facade = Danger

  • Seasoned Vet

    No vertical ventilation for the first 10 min. Unreal. Micro-managing everything by command. Give assignments-good. Tell them how to do the assignment-bad.
    The only time command was quiet was when he was told there was a collapse and possibly a FF down. No activation of RIT or calling for more help, just silence. 

  • Firefighter4Life

    i Agree with Seasoned Vet

  • Been There Done That

    I worked as a dispatcher for this department for almost 10 years and almost 4 years ago was myself a down firefighter for my volunteer department.
    I'm not positive, but I don't believe you're hearing every bit of the radio traffic.
    Props to my former dispatcher friends and thoughts to FWFD for injured firefighter(s).

  • Fire Boots

    Lucky, Lucky, Lucky! Thats all you can say.

  • Gun&KnifeClub

    Extremely micromanaged but this won't surprise anyone that knows this BC.

  • Shh…

    Where was the guy with the clipboard and vest (yellow helmet and turnout gear) prior to the collapse? If he/she was a safety officer and missed the obvious sign of collapse on the left side of the screen then I think they need to be replaced with a more qualified, alert chief officer.

  • Louis

    That was the PIO

  • Mike

    This was predictable….Charlie side reported cracked walls 10 minutes prior to the collapse.  Establish safety zones and enforce them.  Simply put, be aggressive, but, be safe doing so.  You could have predicted this early on….Good lessons learned from the radio traffic and thats what we need to do from this….learn…Be safe..