In January I wrote an article titled “What’s Burning Above You?” The intent of the composition was to ask the fire service if we can improve the way we suppress attic fires and manage salvage and overhaul operations simultaneously.
Shortly after I wrote the article, I had the opportunity to walk through a home that sustained significant damage as a result of an attic fire. The fire started in a zero clearance chimney, traveled up the wall and then spread laterally across the underside of the roof of the split level house. Although the homeowner had several smoke detectors and his kids complained that their rooms were hot, he was unaware of the situation until his neighbor began to bang on his front door. The fire was through the roof when the first engine arrived within minutes of being dispatched.