The Arlington Cardinal in Illinois covers a lot of the fires in the area and tends to have detailed accounts of the actions of firefighters. The fire yesterday afternoon in the basement of a home in the 1100 block of South Fernandez Avenue is the latest example. One firefighter and a resident who escaped were hurt. Check out the information below provided by the reporter at ArlingtonCardinal.com:
Firefighters went into the basement for an interior attack, but heavy, blowing smoke, and intense heat in the basement forced them to back out. Firefighters deployed a cellar nozzle in a south window well to the basement, but fire was able to spread to the first floor. Firefighters were ventilating on the second floor roof, and firefighters were on the sunroom roof ventilating windows when part of the first floor collapsed. No firefighters were inside the house when the floor collapsed. Firefighters on the sunroom roof were immediately ordered off of the sunroom roof. Firefighters had about five lines on the fire. Extension to the first floor initially flared up and threatened to ignite the rear first floor of the house and sunroom after part of the first floor collapsed. However, firefighters were able to keep the fire in check with multiple hose lines and two cellar nozzles on the fire.
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