1 St. Louis firefighter useless, 1 injured in house collapse

A St. Louis firefighter died and one other was injured after a big house collapsed whereas the firefighters had been looking to make certain nobody was inside

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis firefighter died Thursday and one other was injured after a big house collapsed whereas the firefighters had been looking to make certain nobody was inside.

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson stated the blaze broke out earlier than midday at a 2 1/2-story construction in north St. Louis. It wasn’t clear if the house was vacant, and since homeless individuals typically keep in vacant homes to maintain heat in the winter, firefighters went into the burning constructing.

The firefighters extinguished the blaze on the primary ground and went to the second, however the flames there have been so intense they determined to go away, Jenkerson stated. As the 2 firefighters had been about to exit the second ground, the roof and higher ground of the brick residence collapsed on prime of them.

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The firefighter who died was recognized as Benjamin Polson, who had been with the division since November 2019, fireplace officers stated.

Jenkerson stated Polson “was trapped underneath an incredible quantity of particles till we dug him out.”

The second firefighter was injured from the preliminary collapse and whereas attempting to rescue Polson, Jenkerson stated. His situation wasn’t instantly identified.

“We receives a commission to guard lives. We receives a commission to take a danger and, you realize, it’s arduous to inform any person on the road who’s yelling and screaming at us that there is perhaps somebody in there, properly this danger is perhaps too nice,” Jenkerson stated. “So we take the danger and sadly, terribly the danger we took at the moment wasn’t price it. We misplaced a firefighter.”

The fireplace broken a number of close by properties. The trigger has not been decided.

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