CEDAR LAKE ,IN Seven fire departments responded to a Wednesday morning fire that gutted a large home and left one volunteer firefighter with injuries. “The fire was already involved in the attic, in the roof, when we arrived,” Cedar Lake Fire Chief Todd Wilkening said of the blaze reported at 11:03 a.m. “The winds were killing us. They said there were 25- to 30-mile-an-hour gusts.” Two-year veteran Josh Fisher suffered second-degree burns to his face while fighting the fire. He was released after treatment at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point. Cedar Lake Fire Department was assisted by departments from Lake Dalecarlia, Lowell, Crown Point, St. John, Lake Hills and Beecher. source:thetimesonline.com 11/29/06 The Cedar Lake firefighter was injured due not listening to warnings, due to not wearing his scba mask while in the house fire. He was also told not to be standing under the section of the ceiling where there was moderate fire and suppressions efforts are going on due to the increase weight on the celing dry wall cause the celing to drop on the firefighter knocking him down and the fire flashing around his face.
When in a house fire no matter how clear you might think the smoke conditions are you still need to be wearing your SCBA while offensive firefighting operations are going on. If the firefighter had listen t earlier warnings about leaving his mask on, and not standing under wear the hose team is spraying the firefighter would have no gotten hurt.