You often see firefighters on the peripheries of a fire on the news, but it’s rare to catch a glimpse of what they actually do in a high-stress incident like a house fire.
Thanks to body cam video from a camera worn by a San Bernardino County firefighter, we get a first-person glimpse of the risky and heroic work they do trying to save lives and homes.
The house fire occurred just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the desert city of Victorville. The dramatic video, produced by the fire department, starts with the dispatcher relaying information, then shows firefighters speeding to the scene.
The family of seven escaped the fire and were outside when firefighters arrived. The grandmother ended up stranded in the back yard and was evacuated and reunited with the family by firefighters, according to the Victorville Daily Press. The family dog was found and rescued by the crew during a house search. A pet cat was missing as of Friday.
The video shows firefighters sawing through a gate then climbing to roof, where they saw holes for ventilation. The video shows flames licking firefighters while they work on the roof. They had the fire doused within 30 minutes of arrival, local station KTLA reports. It caused $150,000 in damage and displaced the family. The Daily Press reports the fire was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring.
Watch the firefighters battle flames, via San Bernardino County Fire Department’s YouTube page: