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Helmet-cam video: Timing is everything. Evacuation order came just in time at East St. Louis house fire.

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Video from bobbybushae and FireVideo.net of a house fire a while ago in East St. Louis, Illinois. The order to get out happens at 6:28. The last person out is the one with the helmet-cam who almost doesn’t make it.

Here’s the description with the video:

Firefighters responded to an occupied structure fire (occupant was out on arrival) to find a working fire in a one story frame house. While making an interior attack, the conditions deteriorated and the roof began to collapse. Firefighters were ordered to evacuate and upon exiting, the roof truss hit the last firefighters SCBA as he exited. The fire was eventually put under control and no firefighters suffered any injuries. Video was filmed with the Fire Cam 1080 Fire Helmet Camera from www.firevideo.net .

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  • Steve

    Seriously? How many lives do we risk for an old boarded up apparently abandoned house?

  • No Name

    Nice video quality. Did anyone make a 360 upon arrival? Slow hose line deployment. And why was he venting prior to hoseline going into the house? Notice though as soon as he called for ventilation inside is when it went south fast.

    I agree with the other comments. I know we all want to play, but with that much “angry” smoke pushing everywhere on that shit house, as an officer i would make the defensive call. Its not worth it, especially for a homeowner that clearly doesnt care about their home. Im only guessing occupied because of video narrative. I hope I never live in an occupied house with a matress outside and boards over the windows. Im happy none of our brothers were killed.

  • Cappy

    Risk a lot to save a lot, risk a little to save a little, risk nothing to save nothing…

    Who’s in your wallet?????

  • Anonymous

    Common sense isn’t so common anymore, and this video proves it.

  • scotty

    damn very close call

  • Fred

    Actually, unless you’ve got X-ray thermal vision and can get a look at the entire house (all floors, closets, etc.), there’s no human way of telling if a structure is occupied from a sidewalk, boards on the windows or not. Risk versus gain comes from making an assessment. The initial assessment dictated that the fire very well could have been extinguished by going inside and putting the fire out. The men in the video did the proper thing: they went in and assessed the situation from the front door on. As an engine crew, they were all in radio contact with the established command, and all of them are trained and able to make decisions as they do their job. As the video blatantly shows, one of the backup men on the hose line was doing his job and feeding line for the pipeman and he used common sense to observe what was happening. It was reported to the men in danger and command. They evacuated and then finished putting the fire out.

    Unless the building is in a state of visible untenability or the building has been previously preplanned and denoted as one that firemen are not to enter by the fire department itself, than it is not acceptable to not even try just because a fire
    “looks scary” or is “abandoned”.

    Lets be firemen about this. Always try, there’s already enough t-shirt members in this business. If a crew gets to the fire door and has used training and common sense (as well as the training and common sense of firemen outside), then they will be able to determine how they are going to handle a fire, be it offensive or defensively. You don’t write something off because you assume no one’s inside. You aren’t God and you all swore yourselves to protect the community when you were rookies. If you try and can’t, that’s one thing…at least you gave it a shot, but to be be so timid that the fire doesn’t go out is a trend likened to cancer. You see you have a problem that will only get worse if you don’t handle it…and people may die.

    All you have to do is use your fireman training and common sense PROPERLY. Fires go out when you act like a fireman and put them out. People get saved when you vent properly and search properly. Don’t write things off unless you went out as an official entity and preplanned the place as a no enter.

    These guys did a good job in this video from start to finish. They worked as a team and covered each other’s asses. Command was on the ball and things worked out.