Jan 19, 2016
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A firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling a challenging blaze near 25th Street and Bissell Avenue in Richmond on Saturday.

The fire broke out at a home where up to 10 people reside, including an elderly couple who were the only people in the building at the time the fire crews responded, according to a fire training video captured via a firefighter’s helmet cam.

No other injuries were reported other than to the firefighter, who suffered second-degree burns to her ears. In the helmet cam footage, Fire Capt. Mark Lucero says the injured firefighter was one of several crew members who were initially forced out of the battle by increasing heat and lack of visibility.

“Difficult stretch with a house packed with furniture and stuff with rapidly building heat conditions,” Lucero wrote in a description of his helmet cam video, which he films for training purposes.

That same injured firefighter, along with Lucero and three others, regrouped, returned to the battle and knocked it down.

Here’s the description of the fire battle as told by Lucero:

One of two fires last night in Richmond. Not all fires go smoothly and this was definitely was one that provided some challenges. Reported elderly couple inside confirmed by bystander on arrival. Difficult stretch with a house packed with furniture and stuff with rapidly building heat conditions. The rapid build up of high heat conditions forced crews out (Modern fuels). Engine 67 with Jessica Wraa Capt. Marc Lucero and Anthony Woodards FF Ben Faulkner and Donnie Rath were force out only to regroup and complete the knock down. 10 people actually occupied the building but as most often every one was already out by the time crews arrived. For me as the first due officers I didn’t set up like I normally would and that came into play going back to get gloves then a radio that worked, for me making it a very frustrating fire to try and manage and get the task done from a company officers perspective. Over all operation took some time and went well even though video is obviously condensed to not completely bore you. Good teaching fire for the rookies.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.