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A firefighter balancing act

Firefighters balance on a roof as they cut into it while fighting a fire at 21023 E. Wellesley on Jan. 28, 2103.  (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)
Firefighters balance on a roof as they cut into it while fighting a fire at 21023 E. Wellesley on Jan. 28, 2103. (Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department)

I was cleaning out my email today and found this photo sent to me on Monday. I was struck by how precariously the top firefighter is balanced as he cuts a hole in the roof of a home in the 21000 block of East Wellesley. It's a little hard to see in this small size, but his right foot is supported by the head of an axe driven into the roof. His left foot is on the metal ladder and a fellow firefighter is helping support him. (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

The four people in the home got out without injury. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage, largely because the firefighters were forced to cut into the roof. The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.




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