Video: Close call at Detroit fire leaves two firefighters injured

Raw video above from 1st Due Media of a two-alarm fire early Wednesday at Lawton Street and Richton Street in Detroit that left two firefighters suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire spread from a vacant home to a vacant apartment building. The evacuation is ordered at 1:15 into the video above. Water pressure was a significant problem with this fire.

Here’s part of the description with the video:

While crews were working inside the 4-family, the intensity of the fire grew quickly and the order was given by the Battalion Chief to get all crews out of the building and air horns were sounded. Some firefighters became lost and temporarily trapped trying to locate the exit.


“Two fire fighters were overcome by smoke after running into the burning apartment,” said Senior Fire Chief James Houseworth. “This went south quick. The building was dark, it was hard to see. Things started falling, people got lost.”

The firefighters were being treated at Henry Ford Hospital.

“These men are Detroit Fire Fighters, I know they’ll be ok,” Houseworth said.

Because the structures are unstable, firefighters worked to extinguish the fire from the outside. They also had difficultly because of low water pressure in the area.

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