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Firefighter OK after falling through floor at Warren house fire

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 16, 2020

 A Warren firefighter fell through a floor weakened by a fire at a home on De Mott Drive on June 14.

A Warren firefighter fell through a floor weakened by a fire at a home on De Mott Drive on June 14.

Photo provided by the Warren Fire Department

“Luckily he was uninjured. He participated in extinguishing hot spots in the basement, since he was already down there.”

Skip McAdams, Warren Fire Commissioner

WARREN — A Warren firefighter escaped injury after he fell through a floor weakened by fire at a home near Martin and Schoenherr roads June 14.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the fire on De Mott Drive at 5:31 a.m. after neighbors called 911 dispatch.

“They arrived to find smoke coming from the first floor. The fire originated in the basement, weakening the floor,” McAdams said.

Firefighters made entry into the home to extinguish the fire. That’s when a 29-year-old firefighter, a four-year veteran of the Warren Fire Department, fell through the floor and landed in the home’s basement.

“A mayday went out. Crews found him in the basement, fine but a little bit confused. He walked out unassisted,” McAdams said. “Luckily, he was uninjured. He participated in extinguishing hot spots in the basement, since he was already down there.”

Warren Fire Chief Tim Morgan said he checked on the firefighter again when he returned for his next shift on June 16.  

“He said he’s a little bit sore, but he’s young. I wanted to make sure he documented everything,” Morgan said. “I gave him some friendly chiefly advice.”

McAdams said a mayday call for a firefighter in danger, missing, injured or trapped immediately changes the strategy at the scene of a fire. A rapid intervention team immediately begins a search and rescue operation that supersedes any work being done to protect property.

In this case, the firefighter was quickly located and the fire was extinguished.

According to an incident report, the damage was estimated at about $35,000. The home’s owner was on vacation but was contacted, McAdams said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined on June 16.