Some excellent video of a fire at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Copiague, Long Island yesterday. Take a good look at the smoke conditions and the fire spread. Also watch the roof construction-bow strung, rapid fire spread and collapse. Keep an eye on the front door (alpha) when it appears the collapse occurs-and compare it to the other conditions, prior etc. In yesterdays fire an EVACUATION ORDER was transmitted, followed by the collapse.
In addition to the video, here is a photo of the aftermath.
VIDEO OF YESTERDAY’S FIRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-lvu0fdm4E&t=5s
NOTE: There are approximately 1,570 fires in places of worship annually in the United States. Many times, these fires are extensive and result in structural collapse of part or all of the structure. Civilians and Firefighters have been injured and killed during these fires. Yet, the fire service has few standard operating procedures for managing fires in places of worship.
===TRAINING OPPORTUNITY WITH FDNY DC FRANK LEEB
PODCAST: FIGHTING FIRES IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP:
ALSO, READ Frank’s current articles in Fire Engineering APRIL & MAY 2020
Common Occupancy, Uncommon Response: Firefighting in Places of Worship
TRAINING & DRILLS===BOW STRING ROOF FIRE TRAINING VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo5ZtBXJiHo (Demo of collapse)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKDp1Tm3HCY (Bowling Alley Fire)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfb-D6-ALh8&t=26s (Hackensack Ford Fire)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dpou439s0g (Fire Engineering Training Bowstring Truss Roofs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X0KOBAO4CY (Fire Engineering Simulation)
https://firerescuemagazine.firefighternation.com/2013/01/10/bowstring-truss-roof-construction-hazards/#gref (Some HISTORIC Bowstring Fires That Killed Firefighters)