01/15/09 56 W - + 13 - 15 Kernersville Backdraft Caught on Camera

Dave Statter surfaces a dashboard camera that captured the backdraft at a Kernersville house fire early yesterday morning. Firefighter Jay Coleman was transported with minor injuries, after the roof collapsed while crews were still inside. More coverage from Dave. Also read the FireNews story. More about the Kernersville Fire Department.

Scary to say the least.
[2redline] - 01/15/09 - 11:12

Not a backdraft. There is too much visible fire via self ventilation and no other visible signs of one from that camera. Maybe a smoke explosion somewhere in the house but I doubt that as well. I put my $$ on some kind of BLEVE from a propane tank in the house or something like that especially to blow the roof upward and the walls out.
Mike - 01/15/09 - 11:32

I agree with Mike. If you look at the comments on Stater911, the K’ville chief apparently stated that it was a backdraft “caused by a buildup of smoke in the crawlspace of the home”. Definately sounds like a smoke explosion of some sort to me.
Barrett (Email) - 01/15/09 - 13:20

Or the possibility of a gas line rupture (if the house used propane or gas) and filling the crawl space. I also do not believe it was a backdraft.
gen3fire - 01/15/09 - 18:45

From http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/smoke_expl.., Smoke Explosion – An extreme fire behavior phenomenon in which a mixture of products of combustion (such as carbon monoxide), pyrolysis products, and air are ignited explosively within a compartment upon contact with a source of ignition. Conditions for a smoke explosion require that the fuel/air mixture be less than 600C, otherwise it would have already experienced autoignition. The term smoke explosion is often used (incorrectly) as a synonym for backdraft which is a completely different extreme fire behavior phenomenon.
Legeros - 01/15/09 - 18:56

While enroute, rec’d report of 3 persons trapped inside; 1st & 2nd engines arrived simultaneously with 3 personnel each, both Captains w/20+ yrs exp. and no personnel w/less than 8+ years paid exp.;1st arriving Capt. performed complete walkaround to find heavy fire showing from side B; 2-1/2 attack line and water supply established as walkaround performed; residents on scene difficult to communicate w/due to language barrier; no structural integrity problems visualized during walkaround; initial attack line in front door and then towards side B which placed it between fire and bedrooms; 3rd and 4th due engines, 1st due truck, and BC arrived at this time; explosion occured approx. 2-3 minutes after entry; explosion seperated floor joists from main beam and dropped section of floor approx. 18-24" into crawl; interior crew able to self extricate; resident attempted re-entry after initial crew went inside and was restrained by 2nd due pump operator; all appliances total electric; house was not meth lab; no flammable/combustible storage found; no lp or natural gas present
[Kville Fire] - 01/16/09 - 12:12

Whatever it was, I’m glad my friends in Kernersville are OK.
A.Rich - 01/16/09 - 13:28

What was the flaming object that appears to be rocketing in the air away from the B/C corner of the structure? Potential LP gas cylinder?
Invest1 - 01/24/09 - 14:09

Interesting postscript, http://firenews.net/index.php/headlines/..
Legeros - 01/27/09 - 20:51

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