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LP Gas Tank Explosion Kills Two Volunteer Firefighters (Carthage, IL - October 1997)

Two Carthage, Illinois Fire Department volunteer firefighters died, one was seriously injured, and another was injured when a horizontal liquefied petroleum gas (LP-Gas) tank BLEVEed (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion).


Six Firefighter Fatalities in Construction Site Explosion (Kansas City, MO - November 1988)

Problems in fire service hazardous materials training, emergency response guidebooks, placarding policy and jurisdictional issues are discussed.


Structural Collapse at Dwelling Fire Results in Two Firefighter Fatalities (Stockton, CA - February 1997)

A technical review of a residential fire in Stockton, Calif., that claimed three lives, concludes that large, open areas and non-standard construction are indicators of potential collapse in a burning residence and the existence of these must be conveyed to interior fire crews whose vantage point may prevent them from being aware of the potential danger.


Three Firefighter Fatalities in Training Exercise (Milford, MI - October 1987)

An unusual training exercise involving simulated arson sets and live firefighting evolutions in an abandoned farmhouse resulted in the deaths of three volunteer firefighters and injuries to three others.


Three Firefighters Die in Pittsburgh House Fire (Pittsburgh, PA - February 1995)

This report stresses the importance of effective incident management, communications and personnel accountability systems.


Two Firefighter Deaths in Auto Parts Store Fire (Chesapeake, VA - March 1996)

This incident, in which two firefighters were killed when they became trapped by a rapidly spreading fire, illustrates the failure of lightweight construction systems when key support components are involved in a fire. It also points out the importance of pre-fire planning and accurate size up by fire companies to determine the risk factors associated with a fire in this type of construction.


Wood Truss Roof Collapse Claims Two Firefighters (Memphis, TN - December 1992)

Arson fire set to cover crime scene enters concealed space in ceiling, compromising truss roof and resulting in a collapse on two firefighters.


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