Although no one was home during yesterday's devastating fire, this is a reminder for us all to test our home's smoke alarms by simply pushing the test button...

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Comment by Brian Mackie on June 13, 2012 at 11:22pm

Oh and Cory.. NO.. it was most certainly not DUMB to ask that!  Good job!

Comment by Brian Mackie on June 13, 2012 at 11:21pm

I agree Larry. I don't believe this was a backdraft either. Too much venting. With a backdraft, the fire room would be starving.. which I don't really see in this. Almost simultaneously you see the flashover, and what appears to be a rapid release of escaping gases ( and explosion in you will) from a number of different openings. Perhaps the window and a door was partially open. I hope others will weigh in.. I am not certain, but in my opinion it wasn't a backdraft.  I had a similar situation a bunch of years ago, and when I noticed the smoke change, I pulled my crews out, based on other videos I had seen..and within 3 -4 minutes... the entire house was fully involved..but there was no BANG.. just a major flashover.   Good video! thanks for posting.

Comment by Jared micheal freeman on June 13, 2012 at 10:48pm


Comment by Cory Deaton on March 16, 2012 at 9:42am

This may sound dumb but could this have been a smoke explosion

Comment by Larry Taggart on February 19, 2012 at 1:01pm

I'm sorry but I do not think this was a backdraft, having seen 3 of these in my 38 yrs. in the fire service. I think what may have happened is the roof went in at the same time the back porch lit-up it looks a lot like a backdraft.

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