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Hidden Dangers: Firefighters Facing Increasing Obstacles in Homes

'Smart911' Can Alert Officials of Possible Hidden Dangers


Rick Boston

Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company Chief Ron Henry shows the oxygen cylinder that exploded in a house fire, propelling it out of the house and narrowly missing a responding police officer. Firefighters everywhere are facing the growing threat of hidden dangers while fighting fires.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company received an alarm for a fire at a home along Donnertown Road in Freedom Township.

Freedom Township Police Officer Adam Ingram was the first to arrive on scene and approached the now "fully involved" structure to check on any occupants.

The homeowner, an elderly man who had just had back surgery, had escaped the blaze and was waiting near the burning house when Ingram arrived.

As Ingram led the elderly homeowner away from the burning structure, he said he could hear explosions coming from the house, and then...

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