Yes, apparently a home was struck by lightening and had flammable products in the basement. News is now reporting that it was a Wea Township volunteer firefighter, who was first on the scene - he fell through the floor into the basement.
I havent heard news of the deceased yet - thoughts and prayers go out their family.
Information from WISHTV.com (WISH-TV 8 CBS Indianapolis)
Volunteer Firefighter Killed In The Line Of Duty
June 25, 2006 09:10 PM
Wea Township firefighters are mourning the first firefighter killed in the line of duty since their station opened in 1969.
Investigators say deputy chief Steven Smith arrived at the scene of a house fire just outside Lafayette, first and went inside.
Investigators say the 35-year-old fell through the floor into the basement.
"Every effort possible to rescue him and to bring him to safety was done. Including a traditional backboard victims are placed on. And that was cast aside, in the essence of time to bring him up to the fresh environment, to get him fresh air. Very proud of the efforts they did in trying to rescue their brother, their fellow comrade," state fire marshal Roger Johnson said.
Smith leaves behind a wife and three children.
Doctors treated one firefighter for a knee injury and another for smoke inhalation.
Counselors will be available to help the firefighters deal with this tragedy.
In the firefighter-rescue classes, "Savings Our Own" and "May-Day! Firefighter Down!," there is a drill taught called the Columbus Drill that is designed for this specific scenario. It was named after a Columbus, OH firefighter that died in similar circumstances. I'll be curious to see if this is discussed in the coming months and years, or mentioned in the NIOSH report that comes out after all FF fatalities.
A firefighter trapped in a basement can be one of the hardest things to ever overcome.
My prayers go out Chief Smith's family during this time, and to the members of his department.
Sincere Sympathy to his family and Brotherhood of Firefighters, they are in my prayers. Very tragic situation as it is tough to fight a basement fire and very dangerous. It is a very sad when that final alarm bell sounds. hoser147
My thoughts and prayers are with the firemen's family and also his family of fellow firefighters!
In these times of Thermal Imaging Cameras, the Federal rule about two men in and two men out before anyone enters the building and of every firemen having a radio, we often forget that these awful tragedies can happen!