LODD Squirrels Nest Fire

“Squirrels Nest Lane Fire”

Captain Robin Broxterman 

Firefighter Brian Schira

April 4th, 2008

Colerain Township, Ohio


Broxterman and Schira were assigned to Engine 102 along with a fire apparatus operator and another firefighter. Their unit was dispatched along with other firefighters to the report of a fire in a residence. Engine 102 was the first unit on the scene and laid a supply line up the extended driveway to the residence. Broxterman reported moderate smoke showing and established command at 0623hrs. While donning her PPE, Broxterman was advised by her driver that the home’s resident said that the fire was in the basement. Schira advanced a handline to the front door. Broxterman and Schira entered the structure with a dry handline and called for the line to be charged. Engine 102’s other firefighter entered the interior after checking the deployment of the supply line. At 0627hrs, Broxterman radioed that E102 was making entry into the basement and reported heavy smoke. After a request for water, the handline was charged at 0629hrs. At 0634hrs, the second firefighter from Engine 102 told another officer that he could not find his crew. The officer reported this fact to command and mayday operations were initiated. A second alarm was requested and a rapid intervention crew was deployed. Broxterman and Schira were located buried under collapsed structural components and were declared dead at the scene. The cause of death for both firefighters was smoke inhalation.


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