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Saturday, October 09, 2010

KC-MO Home Suffers Severe Damage By Fire

No one was injured but damage to a 1-story home in southwestern KC-MO is considerable after a midnight fire.

The alarm sounded for KC firefighters at 12:03 a.m. Saturday morning.

When the first crews arrived at 12:07 a.m.- heavy flames were already showing from the basement windows of the home in the 8700 block of Belleview.

Two "small streams" or 1-3/4-inch handlines were used to bring the fire under control at 12:18 a.m..

The occupants escaped safetly- but 2 cats perished in the fire.

A fire investigator was sent to the scene- but his findings were unavailable at post time.

Please watch KSHB41 NBC Action News at 8 am- 5 and 10 pm ...


Radioman KC said...

So why didn't the fire department bring enough assets in to put out the fire before the house was nearly a total loss?

Two small streams? C'mon KCFD... surely you can do better than that. Where's Bill Grady asking the district chief why he didn't pour LOTS and LOTS more water on it to save some of the belongings?

What good are they by just peeing on it?

Groucho K. Marx said...

Well Radioman lemme tell you from experience here...

You know those rubber oversized reels of hose on fire trucks?

Those are called "boosters."

At 75-80 psi- you can put out a Hell of a lot of fire with just those dinkies.

Now the "small streams" or 1-3/4-inch handlines like they used on the house fire are 50 to 75% more efficient.

Those are some of the hose you see folded and stacked in side and/or rea compartments..

At twice the pressure of the booster line- you can attack a LOT of fire with those babies when used correctly.

Plus- their the most manueverable in the tight confines of a typical residence.

Each line- for safety reasons- have 2 people on them. But one person can operate a "small stream."

Remember this about KC-MO fire operations: If at ALL possible- fire crews go inside to engage the fire and search.

Watch sometime if you have the chance how KC-MO engine or pumper crews work in tandem with the ladder or truck company crews at a fire.

The "truckies" are venting the heat and smoke from the burning structure at the highest possible point while the "pumper pimps" run the water in and hit the fire at it's origins and spreads.

Only on known vacants or clearly badly-dilapidated heavily-involved structure fires is when the fire's fought from outside to battle back in.

I don't know about Bill Grady- but I sure as hell miss Charlie Gray. ;)