Mayday called, 3 Dallas firefighters burned in house fire

In high temperatures, firefighters retreated, and one became disoriented, prompting the mayday call


By Leila Merrill

DALLAS — Three firefighters suffered burns early Thursday at a house fire where a mayday was called after a firefighter became disoriented.

The resident escaped the fire, but when Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighters went into the home, they were overcome by extreme heat from a flash of flames, NBCDFW reported.

“We train our members – upon the time you know that you need help, that you’re lost, trapped, disoriented, confused or whatever the case may be – that you call that mayday,
“We train our members – upon the time you know that you need help, that you’re lost, trapped, disoriented, confused or whatever the case may be – that you call that mayday," said Dallas Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Jason Evans. (Photo/Dallas Fire-Rescue)

"The occupancy flashed over where pretty much anything in the building that was combustible would ignite instantly. Temperatures 1,100 degrees or more," said Justin Ball, Dallas Fire Rescue assistant chief.

Firefighters retreated, and one became disoriented, so officials made the mayday call.

"Thankfully, that team of firefighters managed to self-extricate, with the assistance of additional firefighters already on scene, and the mayday response was canceled," said DFR Public Information Officer Jason Evans. “We train our members – upon the time you know that you need help, that you’re lost, trapped, disoriented, confused or whatever the case may be – that you call that mayday. And that’s exactly what they did."

The three firefighters suffered burns to various degrees and were transported to Parkland Hospital. The injuries were not life-threatening. One firefighter was treated and released. The other two were released later Thursday.

The occupant of the home was arrested and charged with arson.

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