DeKalb Fatal Fire Report Released

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue released the report on why the initial crews dispatched to a reported house fire just after 1:00am on January 24, 2010, failed to find the fire, and returned in service. Crews were sent again to the same address at 6:18 am, and found the house well involved. One person died in the fire.

To download the report: Download DeKalb Fire Investigation Report N Houghton Court

To see the video report on the incident CLICK HERE.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
  • John Murphy

    Firefighters screw up, civilian dies, Fire Chief resigned. What happened to our fire service leadership under pressure? If he stayed, is there the possibility to avoid this issue in the future? This is an unfortunate teachable moment for all departments. The chief quitting does not solve this issue. Also, we can envision litigation – will the Chief have to cover the costs of defending himself?


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