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106 – Fire – 3.5

July 2, 2011


The temperature was 106 – it was a structure fire – and it lasted 3 1/2 torturous hours. Unless you’ve actually fought a fire in these conditions, you cannot imagine the difficulty firefighters face. It only compounds conditions when they don their thick, insulated turnout suit.

At one point during the fire, senior firefighter Paul Eisenhour alerted fellow firefighters – he smelled Phostoxin! Three canisters of the fumigant had reacted to the fire and water – and they were off-gassing. Phostoxin is very toxic. And, there is no doubt that Eisenhour’s quick notification prevented the possibility of firefighters getting a serious dose of the toxic gas.

Mary Bunker – our lone Stafford County Fire Red Cross volunteer – was another hero of the firefighters. Firefighters would have been in serious peril if not for the steady flow of water and gatorade.

But, back to the firefighters. Nobody would wish it on their worst enemy. The temperature was 106 – it was a structure fire – and it lasted 3 1/2 torturous hours.

Be sure and thank a firefighter if you get the chance.

*St. John News Editor Terry Spradley has a great story and incredible pictures that tell the story more than words could ever do. Please check it out at St. John News Online @ http://www.sjnewsonline.com/photos/x1672978298/Fire-destroys-work-shop.

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