Jefferson City fire reminds us that vagrancy is not seasonal
Early Tuesday morning Jefferson City firefighters responded to a fire at 111 Adams Street. During the course of the fire and investigation a homeless man was arrested for allegedly starting the fire, knowing that other squatters were inside.
“[Police] also located numerous people who were sleeping in the vacant house and were able to escape the fire.”
It is common to think of squatters seeking refuge during the cold winter months, and in large urban areas, but Jefferson City’s fire should remind us that this issue is not seasonal. As always, we remind you that safely searching such properties should be done based on the fire conditions observed and interpreted, the building conditions, staffing and resources responding, direction from command and without regarding the value of life of those who may be inside. Everyone has value regardless of their station in life. Blindly writing off possible victims based on how society views them and the occupancy state of the building is simply wrong and illogical.
Video below is during and after the fire, courtesy of KRCG.
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Video image courtesy of KRCG on YouTube.
Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Firehouse.com. Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.