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    LODD Missouri Firefighter Critically Burned in Flashover

    Missouri Firefighter Critically Burned in Flashover
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    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=39&id=59170

    Posted: 04-09-2008
    Updated: 04-10-2008 12:27:12 PM

    SARAH NAIL
    Courtesy of The Sedalia Democrat


    SEDALIA, Mo. -- Firefighter Rick Morris was in critical condition at a Columbia hospital Wednesday after he was burned while fighting a blaze at a Sedalia home.

    Morris, a firefighter of 33 years, was burned during a flashover while fighting the house fire Tuesday at 1209 S. Kentucky Ave. A flashover happens when a fire rolls over a gap because of intense heat.

    Morris was taken by helicopter to University Hospital.

    "(Doctors) expect Morris to make a long, slow recovery," according to a statement issued by the City of Sedalia.

    Morris suffered second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He is on a ventilator, but his lungs and airway went undamaged since his self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) remained in place during the fire.

    "Rick is a true professional and a leader in our department who has dedicated the last three decades of his life to protecting and serving the citizens of Sedalia," said Fire Chief Mike Ditzfeld. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Morris family during this difficult time."

    The city is offering counseling to firefighters, as needed.

    Deputy Chief Don Meier said aside from cuts, sprains and a car accident, "This is the first major firefighter injury I can remember."

    The fire started about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday while Cara M. Fauquier and two children were at home. Bill Whelen is listed as the owner of the home, according to Fire Department reports.

    Morris, along with three other firefighters, were searching for the source of the fire when he became separated from the crew, reports stated.

    Firefighters opened a door to the front room of the house and fire rolled out the door and over their heads. They extinguished the fire in the room. One of the firefighters heard Morris' safety device, which sounds when a firefighter stops moving, and found him face downward on the floor.

    Firefighters pulled Morris onto the front porch and removed his gear.

    Meier said Morris was wearing a new set of gear but the outerwear firefighters have is "fire resistance, not fire proof."

    The firefighters found burns on Morris' upper body and arms, reports stated.

    A Missouri State Fire Marshal investigator, along with firefighters from the Fire Department, are investigating the cause of the fire. A fire marshal is called to investigate any time a fire results in injury or death.

    Meier said it appears that the fire started in the attic. Although the case is still under investigation, Meier said arson is not suspected and it's "very possible" faulty wiring could be the cause.

    Republished with permission of The Sedalia Democrat.
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    LODD Missouri Firefighter Succumbs to Injuries

    Missouri Firefighter Succumbs to Injuries
    The firefighter was badly burned in a fire last week


    Posted: 04-18-2008
    Updated: 04-18-2008 09:32:17 AM


    KAYE FAIR
    Courtesy of The Sedalia Democrat


    SEDALIA, Mo. -- A Sedalia firefighter died Thursday night in a Columbia hospital after he was badly burned in a fire here last week.

    Rick Morris, a 33-year veteran of the Sedalia Fire Department, died at University Hospital in Columbia, said hospital house manager Lisa Wilkinson.

    Morris had been at the hospital since April 8. He suffered second- and third-degree burns over half his body while fighting a house fire at 1209 S. Kentucky Ave.

    Mayor Bob Wasson said that Morris' death is "really a tragic thing. It's been an up-and-down thing for the last few days. I was just in hopes we wouldn't get that call."

    Morris was burned during a flashover, which happens when a fire rolls over a gap because of intense heat. He was wearing fire apparatus that protected his lungs, and he received immediate first aid from his fellow firefighters at the house. He was airlifted to Columbia.

    Just after the accident, the city issued a statement that doctors expected Morris to recover.

    Fire Chief Mike Ditzfeld Thursday evening declined to speak to the Democrat, and deferred to a news release from the City of Sedalia. In the release, Ditzfeld said: "We are extremely saddened by the tragic loss of a man who spent three decades serving our community. I ask the community to join my department and me in keeping Mary Lou Morris and her family in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this tragedy."

    The mayor, City Council and city employees "express their deepest sympathies to the Morris family during this difficult time. Rick Morris was a dedicated professional who touched the lives of many people, not only on the job but as a member of our community, during his long career with the Sedalia Fire Department," the news release said. "Rick will be missed by his fellow firefighters, the department and the City of Sedalia."

    Deputy Chief Don Meier told the Democrat last week that, aside from cuts, sprains and a car accident, "This is the first major firefighter injury I can remember."

    The International Association of Firefighters Local 823 had established a fund for the Morris family at U.S. Bank.

    Republished with permission of The Sedalia Democrat

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=39&id=59170

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