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 By WILLIAM GOLDFEDER




 “It Felt Like a Bomb Went Off!” – Part 2
 “Debris Was Flying Down the Hallway and Hitting Me”


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          s we noted last month in Part 1                                                                                                                           did heavy damage. It punched several holes
          of this column, for most firefight-                                                                                                                       in the floor and knocked siding off the
          ers, odds are your most com-                                                                                                                              house. A total of eight cylinders were found
mon structural fires involve single-family                                                                                                                          in the house, all but one in a bedroom.
dwellings. In addition to construction
concerns, “what’s inside” is a major factor                                                                                                                              This account is by Firefighter Bryan
that can lead to close calls, or worse, for                                                                                                                         Claybern with information from Lieuten-
firefighters. In this case, for members of                                                                                                                          ant Chad Dietz (the injured members):
the Independence Fire District in north-                                                                                                                                 While we were enroute on Engine 452,




                                                                                                                           Courtesy of Independence Fire District
ern Kentucky, “what’s inside” at a working                                                                                                                          Kenton County Dispatch advised us of an
house fire turned out to be eight oxygen                                                                                                                            elderly woman rescued from the home
cylinders. Again, our sincere thanks to                                                                                                                             who had minor burns on her body and that
Independence Fire District Chief Rich-                                                                                                                              several oxygen cylinders were inside the
ard A. Messingschlager and all the offi-                                                                                                                            residence. Units arrived on scene to find
cers and members operating at this fire,                                                                                                                            a single-story, single-family dwelling with
including Assistant Chief Jeff Armstrong,                                                                                                                           fire coming from a rear-bedroom win-
Captain Dave Murphy, Lieutenants Chad                                                                                                                               dow on the D side. Ambulances 463 and
Dietz and Ron Crone, Firefighters Bryan                                                                                                                             464 were with the victim in the front yard.
Claybern, Larry Gross, Paul Heringer and                                                                                                                            Engine 453 was the first on scene and was
Steve Maselli, Firefighter/Medics Darlene                      “The oxygen bottle that exploded was only feet                                                       positioned on side A/B. Crew members
                                                               from us when it blew.”
Payette, Joshua Cox and Rick Sturgeon,                                                                                                                              of 453 stretched a 2½-inch pre-connected
and Captain John Bidwell, who assisted                         rior crew went in to mop up hot spots with                                                           hoseline to the front door. Engine 451 ar-
with this column.                                              a 1¾-inch line, entering through the front                                                           rived at nearly the same time (positioned at
                                                               door on the A side. It was during this oper-                                                         D/A) and deployed a 1¾-inch line to the D-
     This account is by Fire Chief Richard                     ation that the bottles exhausted and one ex-                                                         side window. Truck 460 arrived at the same
A. Messingschlager:                                            ploded. At the time of the explosion, I was                                                          time as ou
								
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