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Early video: House fire in Littleton, Colorado.

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Two clips from a garage fire handled by West Metro Fire Rescue on Tuesday morning. Eric Hurst has details at

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  • mark

    I think I’ll just say, glad I don’t live in Littleton.

    Apparently first day on the job for the whole shift.


    Good thing the magic bubbles showed up because not much else was heading in the right direction.
    Another fine example of having to hand jack a supply back out because no one thought with that header in the sky, “Hey, we might need a water supply for that!” And before anyone tries the “they were going straight in to make a quick knock” line, watch again; there was nothing “quick” about that.
    Anyone know what type of SCBA & size bottles they’re wearing?? Small cylinders.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, is that a fire over there? Should we get close? Maybe a little water will help put it out. Wait, whats this white stuff?
    Glad it wasn’t my house. No sense of urgency. Would like to have seen more to see if they ever really attacked it! Maybe they thought the foam would do all the work. Maybe they had new turnout gear and didn’t want to get it dirty. Too many unknowns from this short video.

  • North chief

    Mark, I think the fire is out,stayed in the building it started in, mission accomplished.

    • CHAOS

      Kept it to the zip code of origin (while not showing much concern for the remainder of that building and anything or anyone in it) and everyone went home!!
      Our workers’ comp premiums are way down.
      Our turnout gear cleaning bills are way down.
      We were able to sell that noisy breathing air compressor since we don’t go inside anymore.


      • CHAOS

        Man, I think my sarcasm meter is pegged out!!

    • mark

      Yes, it did, although I think (based on this video) that we can attribute that to the grace of God.

      I mean really, were they really thinking this thing was going to collapse so they needed to remain 1.5 times the height away from the building? Go in there and put the fire out for crying out loud.

      Next up, as CHAOS mentioned, hand jacking the supply line. Stupid, stupid, stupid. And yes, I have made that mistake, when I was stupid. If we want to cry about lack of manpower, the last thing we need to do is use manpower for something that can be done with an engine.

      Why did they shut the line down? It appears that the supply line was charged.

      After they did knock it, why stand around and admire the smoke and remaining fire that they couldn’t hit from 50’+ away?

      Where was the second line and crew ready to go inside to check for extension? Maybe it was there, but it sure didn’t look like it.

      I’m all for a quick knock (transitional attack)as long as you transition to extinguishing the remaining fire as well as get into the house to check for extension.

      For some contrast, go back and look at PG entering a dang near fully involved house to save little to nothing. I’d err on the side of those guys compared to this example of “firefighting”.

  • Scooter

    WOW WTF WAS THIS ? Come on man sad very very very sad. I think I have seen a job where no turnout gear is needed! Just don’t get closer than 75 feet, spray water and pray knowbody is inside and pray the fire goes out. Basic operations and you FAILED! Strike Da Box! K

  • Firemanwill

    Good exterior fire attack with a fast knockdown; then the problem begins when you drain the tank and have no supply. There should be a smaller handline ready to go (search and rescue, interior attack, check for extension) when the big line makes a knock down; running out of water and no plan in place makes us all look bad.

    No need for that big a** truck to come in, small building that even the smallest ground ladders would work on. I know the big truck company looks cool but sometimes parked at the end of the street is a better place.

  • ExposureAlpha

    Wow, that is impressively sad. The use of foam was probably the right decision with the vehicle in there, that for all we know could have ruptured the fuel tank. As for an exterior attack, they’re lucky the rest of the house didn’t go up, This is a perfect example of interior attack an push the fire out of the house. I hope their chief realizes this an critiques them for next time.

  • Seasoned Vet

    They will all probably get “outstanding firefighter” awards at the next banquet. Pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AJ

    For all of you arm-chair quarter backs:

    My information is based on hearing the radio traffic..

    What you don’t see/hear is a cop reporting that there was an explosion and that there was an occupant in the structure. The second due engine was close behind and was assigned to secure the water supply. With rescue being the priority the first due engine did not lay in. Looking at the video, the hydrant was less than 200′ from the engine. Once the first due was on scene, it was confirmed that all occupants were out of the structure.

    Why would the guys on the line advance the line into the structure when the 360 revealed the fire was contained to garage and the exterior? The whole “theory” of pushing fire with hose streams is crap. That 2 1/2″ smooth bore was flowing either 265 or 328 gpm. That was obviously enough water to quickly overcome the BTUs. I can appreciate fog streams and their ability to introduce air. That was a solid stream. If the crew advanced the line, and went from the inside out, their ability to extinguish the exterior fire would have been very limited.. Being positioned on the driveway allowed for the stream to be manipulated to multiple areas quickly.

    I don’t understand why people are against foam. The foam being used is micro blaze out. Micro blaze is a class A and B foam. With a vehicle involved, and many garages containing class B materials, why wouldn’t they want their water to be more effective on all of the contents burning?

    The truck company quickly laddered the roof and found minimal extension into the attic. Once the water supply was secured a line was pulled into the structure and no extension was reported in the living space.

    CHAOS, those are 45 minute bottles.

    So in the end the fire was basically limited to what the video showed. I love to watch videos and critique them myself. I also keep in mind that what I am seeing is one view, not the whole picture. Therefore I don’t go around bashing people from the comfort of my couch. If you guys are that good, maybe you should get into the business of instructing every department that has a video on youtube that ‘you would have done better.”


    Actually, you did kinda bash people from the comfort of your couch. I’ve scrolled back through the posts and can’t find any of those so-called “people are against foam” that you mentioned.
    So, you’re saying those guys hand-jacking supply line are the second due engine making a round trip from their engine up to the first engine, grabbing the line and then returning back to the hydrant instead of just bringing the hose with them as they come up to the scene? OK, then.
    45 minute bottles, eh? … too many choices for us dumb firemen…LOL

  • The Deuce House

    I have no issue with the foam, that was probably a good idea. But, I would have to agree with the others on this one. For petes sake, they could have AT LEAST gotten closer. Then again, they could have entered and done the job more efficiently and put the fire out with the water that just “knocked” it down. This crap about having more capability to reach multiple areas doesnt outweigh the fact that the fire was simply controlled, not put out. They dont call us to knock down a fire and then let it flare back up and stare at it and thats pretty much what they did.
    Enter the building, put the fire out with whatever liquid you want. Then hit hot spots, that simple.