Ride along with the truck crew- possible smoke explosion- helmet cam

As reported by Anthony Bendele

“On October 18th, 2015 at 0750 hours our tower (542) was dispatched to a reported working building fire at Sun Re Cheese Factory on Lenker Avenue in the city. Immediately after dispatch the column was visible from the station and we responded with 4. Upon arrival we found a portion of the plant well involved with fire. We immediately set up to go to the roof, however after finding fire had burned through a portion of the roof already, we transitioned into venting horizontally so that we could set up a master stream from the bucket through the windows. After we started master stream operations through the tower, a smoke explosion occurred (8:22 mark of the video). The force of the smoke explosion caused the exterior wall to buckle outwards and a small portion of the roof to collapse just inside the windows. Initially there were disagreements about whether this was a smoke explosion or if a roof collapse caused this incident. However after careful review of multiple videos as well as eye witness accounts from various angles on scene (including chiefs and line officers), it was decided by all that a true smoke explosion occurred. Immediately after this occurred all units were pulled from the building and operations were turned into a defensive mode until control was marked. The truck operated on scene for close to 7 hours until the fire was called out. There were multiple call backs for reported re-kindles, however all turned out to be just steam from the boilers and other areas of the building.”

Units on scene:

CHIEFS: 501, 502, 503, 504, 505

ENGINES: 561, 721, 531, 572, Snyder County 9-2, Union County 2-3, Snyder County 7-1, 111, 731, Montour County 63, 521

TRUCKS: 542, 734, 32, Union County 15-1

RESCUES: 735, 552, Snyder County 5-1

SQUADS: 533, 581, 723, 563

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