I just read a news report of a row house fire in East Baltimore that sent six firefighters to the hospital. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire investigators said the fire started in the basement. I cannot remember the last time that I wrote about basement fires. Basement fires are difficult for firefighters to fight, especially if entry must be made from the first floor. The stairwell acts as a chimney for the heat, smoke
Listing the causes of fires in basements would require knowing what
Whatever your basement is used for, it must be treated as any other level of your home and protected by smoke alarms. The best type of system is where all smoke alarms are connected in series. This means that when one alarm activates, they all activate. If smoke alarms are not wired in series, then each detector goes off once the smoke or heat reaches it. A fire in an unoccupied basement could burn for a while without detection. The homeowner in East Baltimore said that others in the home were shouting that there was a fire.
Our church has a basement that has bathrooms, office space, classrooms, a residential kitchen, storage areas, a mechanical room
Fire burns up and out. If there is a pathway up the stairwell,
If a fire is burning in the basement because of activating smoke alarms, keep the basement door shut as you exit.
The fire in Baltimore displaced all the home’s occupants. Basement fires are difficult for homeowners and firefighters.
Thankfully, I heard that six firefighters had suffered non-life threatening injuries.