Norma Candeloro

Today in fire history: Firefighter fatalities at auto dealership

Blog Post created by Norma Candeloro Employee on Jul 1, 2016

Fire Firefighter fatalities from the Hackensack, New Jersey fire department were killed while they were engaged in interior fire suppression efforts at an automobile dealership when portions of the building's wood bowstring truss roof suddenly collapsed. The incident occurred on Friday, July 1, 1988 at approximately 3:00 p.m., when the fire department began to receive the first of a series of telephone calls reporting "flames and smoke" coming from the roof of the Hackensack Ford Dealership. Two pumpers, and ladder truck, and a battalion chief responded to the first alarm assignment. The first arriving firefighters observed a "heavy smoke condition" at the roof area of the building. Engine company crews investigated the source of the smoke inside the building while the truck company crew assessed conditions on the roof. For the next 20 minutes, the focus of the suppression effort was concentrated on these initial tactics.  Members can download the investigation report for free. 

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