Maybe I'm being ignorant here but if a McMansion catches fire and poses no threat to the buildings in adjacent lots, why not let the fire burn itself out in a controlled environment? Was there a particular reason why the men had to go inside with hoses or is that SOP?
I didn't catch - why did he leave the building? Also, is it normal for the fire to be so resistant to all that water?
There was an awful lot of visibility compared to most of the interior fire attacks I've been on. It looks as if the building was ventilated ahead of the attack team entering the building, which may also account for the volume of flame they encountered.
McMansions represent a distinct threat due to recent changes in construction methods and materials. I have a harder time stoking up my fireplace than some of these houses have in transforming from "a few flames licking up off a back deck" to completely-engulfed bonfires.
I wish we had a pamphlet we could put in homeowners' hands after a fire that would help explain some of the damage that can be done during normal firefighting efforts. I hate to think that homeowners think we were reckless or showed no regard for their home, but some of the things we do may seem nonsensical and almost unrelated to putting water on a fire.
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