Why We Search: Rescue in New York, Bodies in Texas, Colorado and Ontario


Refuting the belief that there is no need to enter since no one is inside


It continues, the reporting that inside some of these abandoned, vacant structures, people of all type seek shelter inside them or use them for various reasons, malicious or unconcerned.

Syracuse, New York
Firefighters responded to a house fire on Lynch Street and rescued two men inside. “Several passers-by Saturday morning said they did not think the house where the fire occurred has permanent residents.”

Dallas, Texas
Body of an adult male is found inside a boarded up house on the 2200 block of Jordan Street when firefighters made entry.

Denver, Colorado
Firefighters arrived at the West 24th Avenue house finding fire showing from the abandoned, boarded up structure. Body of person, gender unidentifiable, was located inside.

Toronto, Ontario
Body found inside abandoned building fire on Bathurst in the city’s Dupont area.

Additional similar reports are here as well as stories of cities and departments taking preventative action against abandoned structures.


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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.


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