This is from a two-alarm house fire yesterday evening in Fairfax County, Virginia. The fire was reported at 7:47 PM in the 6600 block of Forsythia Street in Springfield.
At about 6:35 in the recording (from radioreference.com via firefighterdispatch) Engine 405 reported to command, “From what I can see, Baker quadrant, number two floor, floor is unstable”. Command announced that message to the fireground with the report that the ”bulk of the fire is knocked down”. The mayday is the very next series of transmissions starting at 7:23 in the recording as a firefighter with Truck 405 reported his officer fell through the third floor and was either on the second floor or first floor. Rescue Squad 426 quickly reported they have the downed firefighter and were bringing him to the front door.
Battalion Chief Richard Roatch confirmed that a firefighter was in the home battling the blaze when he was injured. The firefighter was sent to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The cost of damage to the home is unclear at this time.
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