Two Firefighters Die In Diamond Heights House Fire

by Staff Blogger | June 6th, 2011

June 6, 2011

Two firefighters have died as a result of a house fire in the Diamond Heights area of San Francisco. KCBS-San Francisco reports the announcement came at a news conference Saturday morning led by San Francisco Fire Chief, Joanne Hayes-White. The announcement was made with the Chief surrounded by friends and family of the victims and more than 100 firefighters. The two men are the first firemen in the department to die in the line of duty in over a decade.

Reportedly, firefighters responded to the call on Thursday about the blaze at the 100 Block of Berkeley Way. The two men were among the first firefighters to enter the four-story home shooting flames high into the sky. At some point while inside, the men were caught in a flashover. A flashover is a surge of flame that overtakes a room, when everything within those walls suddenly ignites at once.

The men were severely burned and transported to San Francisco General Hospital. The first firefighter died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest. The second held on nearly forty hours before passing.

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