In the category of "If this job isn't dangerous enough", add the following to your list of early size up concerns: Houses set up to explode
Real estate agents were shocked to find a home for sale in Anderson, SC loaded with natural gas. Turns out the oven in the home was manipulated to cause a major gas leak. On top of the electric oven sat a burnt rag that didn't totally take.
The real estate agents called 911, and with that fire investigators arrived on scene to find a home filled with gas, and the burnt rag which was set to trigger the explosion.
Consider this when responding to "routine" investigations or jobs. Alerts were recently passed out to departments warning firefighters of attacks on first responders, and delayed explosions intended to kill and injure first responders. It is not out of the realm to respond to a "routine" fire that is masking a larger attack planned to injure firefighters and first responders.
This is another reason for senior officers and chiefs to take all responses seriously, even if it is just an "investigation". Gear up completely at all times and expect the worst.
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