Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs in our country, as they run into burning buildings and put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis to protect our communities from tragedy.
Two firefighters in Palm Beach County, Florida, who responded to a house fire in West Palm Beach on Monday are getting national recognition after video footage showed their extreme bravery in the face of a nightmare situation.
When the heroes, carrying a water hose, opened the front door of a home engulfed in flames, a dramatic explosion called a “backdraft” nearly knocked them off their feet, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The backdraft was ignited when the oxygen from outside was rapidly reintroduced into the home, where the flames had already consumed it. That can happen when a window is broken or a door opened into a still-smoldering area.
“This introduction of the oxygen to the smoldering fire caused the dramatic explosive force captured in the video,” Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto told the Sun Sentinel. Borroto explained that backdrafts pose a serious threat to firefighters, but they have been a fairly rare occurrence.
Even though the firefighters who opened that door were injured as a result of the backdraft, they continued to spray water on the fire in an effort to save the house and cats that were reported inside. Rescuers were able to save a cat from the fire, reuniting it with its owner, and the displaced family was being assisted by the American Red Cross, according to WTSP.
They were eventually taken to a hospital for treatment, according to WCMH.
The fire reportedly started around 10 a.m. Monday in the home’s garage, but the cause of the blaze was unknown. Watch the heroic incident here:
Wow! These firefighters wouldn’t let anything — not even an explosion right in their faces — stop them from doing their jobs.
The actions shown in this video indicated that these firefighters have more than just courage or bravery, which they certainly possessed, as all firefighters do. But they also must have a deep sense of compassion and care for their community and the family whose home and belongings they were working to save.
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