Video above from Andy T of yesterday’s fire in Harrison, New Jersey that injured five firefighters in an explosion described by fire officials as a backdraft. This view of the explosion (at 6:50) isn’t as dramatic, but the video provides a lot better view of the fireground prior to the explosion. There is more video from Andy T here and here.
Below is some even earlier video shot by a neighbor.
The fire, which started around 11 a.m., is believed to have started in the kitchen area of a restaurant located at 600 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. in Harrison. According to Fire Director Harold Stahl, the fire heavily damaged two buildings, 600-602 and 604-606 Rodgers Blvd. and an adjacent residence on Davis Avenue.
Stahl said that backdraft, which is caused by a buildup of unvented gasses inside an area, could have been much more dangerous.
“I’m a career firefighter and I’ve been caught in a backdraft,” Stahl said. “I’m very grateful that the injuries weren’t more serious.”
Jersey City Fire Director Armando Roman said that the backdraft could have been prevented had the roof been vented, a process of putting holes in the roof that would allow the trapped gasses to escape.
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Also on STATter911 …
- UPDATE – Must see video: Five firefighters injured in explosion, described as backdraft, at Harrison, NJ 5-alarm fire. – March 10, 2013
- Harrison, NJ backdraft puts spotlight on staffing cuts. Union officials explain people without PPE handling hose & on ladder. – March 13, 2013
- Must see: Neighbors capture video of explosion during Pittsburgh apartment fire. – March 30, 2013
- Early video: Garage fire with exposures in Kearny, NJ. – April 6, 2013
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