“Gun Death” Massive Fire

Two Boston Firefighters are dead following a MASSIVE fire in Bean-Town

Two firefighters lost their lives responding to a nine-alarm fire at a brick brownstone in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood Wednesday.

More than a dozen other firefighters were injured.

The fire got so bad because of gail-force winds that essentially turned the burning building into a forge. Also for those like me who didn’t know the notation, nine-alarm is as high as the fire alarm scale goes. Amazingly the only reports of injuries I’ve heard were firefighters. That’s really good work on such a horrible fire.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the fallen firefighters, and to those were were injured on scene.

All this horror, but not a “Gun Death” to be seen. Do you really think that’s a metric we should be using for safety?

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2 Responses to “Gun Death” Massive Fire

  1. Archer says:

    Stop me if I’m wrong, but I believe those conditions would make the fire literally impossible to put out with fire-fighters’ standard water hoses.

    It seems to me, it would be hot enough that any water sprayed into the building would be flash-boiled into mist before it got to within several feet of the source. And that kind of steam is dangerous unto itself. It absolutely AMAZES me that the only injuries and deaths were the fire-fighters themselves.

    RIP to the fallen. They died doing their duty, and doing it damn well!

    • Weerd Beard says:

      I am not a fire fighter, but if you get the unburned fuel wet and cold enough it won’t burn or burn hot. Plus the energy to flash the water into steam comes from somewhere, and that’s essentially making the fire cooler. Make it cool enough it stops burning.

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