Portable O2 Dangers

Published by The Bee News

March 4, 2024

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On Sunday, March 3, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Bat 7, E731, E721, E711, and M711 were dispatched for a Commercial Fire at 839 Landon Dr. (Sunridge Village). Upon arrival, crews reported nothing showing from the outside of the structure. Dispatch relayed information that there was one victim brought to the front entrance of the building; medics made contact, secured the patient, and transported one female to WARMC. (No further information is available regarding the patient’s condition.)

Upon investigation, crews found a single-occupant room where a fire had ignited, activating the sprinkler system, which contained the fire in the affected room. Crews quickly extinguished the blaze; Battalion Chief Campbell advised that the fire damage was limited to items in the immediate area due to the activation of the automatic sprinkler system. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), buildings equipped with automatic fire sprinklers experience significantly lower death rates, reduced injuries, and less property damage than those without such systems. The NFPA reports that the combination of smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinklers reduces the risk of death by 82% compared to properties without either system.

The cause of the fire is under investigation; however, smoking materials used around oxygen equipment cannot be ruled out.

BCFD wants to remind citizens that smoking when oxygen is in use should never be allowed. Fires burn hotter and faster in oxygen-enriched atmospheres and can ignite at lower temperatures. Additional items that should be kept away from these areas include candles, aerosol sprays, flammable petroleum-based creams or lotions, and vape pens. For more information please contact our Community Risk Reduction Division at 928-758-3971.

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