Eye-Opening Firefighter Bodycam Footage From Inside Burning House—This Is What Their Job Looks Like

Petr Svab
By Petr Svab
April 3, 2018US News
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Eye-Opening Firefighter Bodycam Footage From Inside Burning House—This Is What Their Job Looks Like
(Video courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire Department via AP)

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter walking into a burning house? San Bernardino County Fire Department released some footage from a body camera that literally walks you through it this moment.

It was 6:22 a.m. on March 25 when the department learned that a fire had broken out at a home in Victorville, California.

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The location of a house that was on fire in Victorville, Calif., on March 25, 2018. (Screenshot via Google Maps)
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The location of a house that was on fire in Victorville, Calif., on March 25, 2018. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

The Medic Engine 313 from a fire station only several blocks away was the first one to arrive at the scene—within four minutes. The first responders went straight into “attack mode.”

Two more paramedic engines joined in, as well as one truck company, a battalion chief, and an investigator—a total of 14 people.

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(Courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire Department via AP)

The footage shows a firefighter approaching the scene, pulling the hose out of its compartment and dragging it to the burning doors.

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(Courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire Department via AP)

The firefighter douses the fire on the doors, pushes them open, and then proceeds inside the smoke-filled house.

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(Courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire Department via AP)

The camera has almost zero visibility inside the house, but the fierce flames cut through the smoke and darkness, coloring the footage with orange and purple hues.

The firefighter proceeds through the house, battling one flame after another.

It took about 26 minutes to put the fire out, the department stated. One child was treated for smoke inhalation. None of the fire personnel were injured. The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Saturday, March 31, when the video was posted on the department’s Facebook page.

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