Mayday: Firefighters with civilian can’t find exit in Colorado high-rise fire as standpipe fails

Eric Hurst 5280Fire posted the radio traffic above from a high-rise fire yesterday (Saturday) in Aurora, Colorado. At 9:50 in the clip a mayday occurs as two firefighters locate a civilian. News coverage indicates one civilian from the apartment where the fire began died. Here is some of what Eric wrote for 5280Fire.com:

On Saturday evening Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a kitchen fire at 14000 E. Linvale Place. Tower 6 was first to arrive at Heather Gardens, a senior living community, and reported nothing showing from the 6-story building. After a brief investigation Tower 6 confirmed there was a working fire on the top floor. The crew split 2 and 2 for interior recon and exterior aerial placement. Firefighters from Tower 6 searched without a charged hose line, risking everything, and located a tapped civilian in heavy smoke conditions with no visibility. To complicate matters the ground level standpipe ruptured, preventing rapid water supply to the Engine Companies assigned to fire attack.

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