Incident directory

2013 - Marston Road

09/09/2013

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Near miss

Description

Date of event

9th September 2013                 

Time of event

12:00 HRS (INITIAL CALL)

Name of premises

93 Marston Road.

Location

Stafford, Staffordshire.

Service area

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS)

Nature of incident

Fire

Property type

Victorian terraced house of 3 floors and a basement.

Premises use

Dwelling.

Construction type and materials

Brick with timber joists and floors, under a pitched slate roof.

Occupancy

Occupier.

Fire source and location of fire

Accidental ignition involving dehumidifier within the basement area.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to a fire at 93 Marston Road on the 9th September, 2013. The occupier had been alerted by smoke alarm. An initial 2 pump pre-determined attendance was sent. On arrival at 12:06 the initial incident commander saw light smoke emerging from the property. Information was gathered, a dog required rescue and 2 breathing apparatus (BA) teams were committed with 2 high pressure hose reels and a thermal imaging camera (TIC) (Griffiths, circa 2013).

Due to the deteriorating conditions a make pumps 4 message was sent at 12:18. Conditions inside the front lounge were described as hot, with thick smoke and a very low neutral plane. The floor was described as spongey and the TIC ‘whited out’. Conditions appeared better towards the rear of the house. The dog was rescued from the first floor. At 12:21 there was an explosion, suggested as either a backdraft or other type of fire gas ignition. There was partial structural collapse and both BA crews were blown off their feet. A BA emergency was instigated and after approximately 20 seconds the BA teams egressed on their own without assistance (Griffiths, circa 2013).

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

Photo 1

Courtesy of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).

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Courtesy of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).

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Courtesy of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).

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Courtesy of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).

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Courtesy of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).

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Courtesy of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).

Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, key lessons & learning outcomes

Taken from the Staffordshire FRS Investigation Document:

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Learning outcomes.

1.  Information gathering – active questioning and external thermal scanning

2.  Information exchange – risk critical information e.g. spongy floor, level changes

3.  Impact on crews and the OIC – debrief and investigation

Additional actions carried out by SFRS.

Training for all Crew and Watch Managers in ‘active questioning’ of owner/occupier to include premises layout and fire loading for domestic premises.

Training of all firefighters to Incident Command Level 1 (ICS 1) theoretical input.

New TICs with ability to record images and externally thermal scan a building.

Training officers to externally thermal scan buildings as part of 360 appraisal to assist decision making.

Additional radios to each appliance so that all crews entering risk area have comms.

Amendments to BA procedures around BA entry control officer (BAECO) messages and dynamic risk assessments (DRA).

Review of debrief policy.

Review of trauma risk management policy.

Guidance on role of liaison/welfare officers.

Coroners rule 43 from previous firefighter fatality incidents, gap analysis conducted by Staffordshire FRS identified gaps in knowledge and understanding around;

  • Training (ICS1 and BA cable entanglement)
  • Equipment (Posotive pressure ventilation ((PPV)), BA mods, wire cutters).
  • Procedures (high rise policy).
  • Risk information (PORIS).
  • Liaison with local authority building control.

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FBU summary of main findings, key lessons & recommendations

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

None produced at this time.

Known available source documents

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

FRS Incident Report/s

Staffordshire FRS Investigation Document.

FBU Incident Report/s

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Staffordshire Police Service or Constabulary Incident Report/s

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Incident Report

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Coroner’s report/s

Not relevant.

Other information sources

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Service learning material

Griffiths, B. (circa 2013). Marston Road, Stafford incident case study. [PowerPoint]. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Griffiths, B. (circa 2013). Operational case study, backdraft at Marston Road, Stafford. [word doc]. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Griffiths, B. (circa 2013). Disclaimer, Marston Road – incident case study. [word doc]. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Videos available

CCTV footage from attending appliance of incident and explosion (backdraft/fire gas ignition)

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