James E. Hynes, Firefighter

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Lt. McElveen and Firefighter Hynes died as a result of smoke inhalation at the scene of a residential structure fire. The fire was a result of wires that had come down on the roof during a heavy rain. The firefighters were operating in the interior of a two-story occupied dwelling with a fire in the basement. They both ran out of air, removed their SCBA masks, and remianed inside the dwelling. The two firefighters were found near the back door with their SCBA's on, but their masks off.

Department information

Philadelphia Fire Department
240 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Chief: Fire Commissioner Harold Hairston

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James E. Hynes was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 27
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 27, 1997 04:30
Date of death: October 27, 1997
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential