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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Oh and Cory.. NO.. it was most certainly not DUMB to ask that! Good job!
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.
This may sound dumb but could this have been a smoke explosion
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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