Monday, October 12, 2015

Sad Day In Kansas City

From the Kansas City Star:
Two firefighters were killed and two hurt after a burning building on Independence Avenue collapsed on them Monday night, Kansas City fire officials said.
Firefighters were dispatched to a building in the 2600 block of Independence Avenue about 7:30 p.m. and found the structure heavily damaged by smoke and flames.
Fire crews evacuated people from the building, which included apartments. Before the collapse, firefighters on ladders rescued two people from the second story of the building.
While clearing an area with a partially collapsed roof, a further collapse of the structure injured four firefighters. Two of those firefighters died. a former volunteer firefighter, I cannot express the sadness I feel everytime I hear about these incidents where firefighters are killed.99% of the time firefighting is a boring profession, where you train or sit around the firehouse, waiting for a call.Then, that 1% can change a person's lives forever, either by dying, being injured or seeing something so horrific it will stick in your memory.Like the time when I was in North Dakota and had 2 people killed in a fire.  The smell of the burnt bodies stayed with me for months and I could not eat hamburger for weeks.Just something a firefighter has to deal with.RIP to the firefighters and prayers to the families, friends and fellow firefighters in KC MO.

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