- A Firestone, CO construction crew is being hailed as heroes for rescuing a woman from a residential explosion
- The woman, a science teacher at Mountain Range High School, is in critical condition
- Two others lost their lives in the blast
A construction crew building an apartment complex in a residential area of Firestone, CO, initially thought they had caused a disastrous accident on their site.
After hearing a huge crash, they quickly realized the noise hadn’t come from their site, but from a house several lots away.
The crew rushed to the scene to find a woman, Erin Martinez, trapped beneath burning debris. Realizing time was short, one of crew members ran back to the site to get their forklift.
With no other way in, he drove the lift straight the house’s fence and managed to raise the rubble off the woman enough for the rest of the crew to pull her out.
Two other individuals trapped in the basement of the house were unreachable and died in the blast.
The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined.
On the whole, fires and the injuries/deaths associated with them have been on a steep decline over the last decade. See the trend as reported by FEMA below.
In an effort to reduce deaths from residential fires, the National Fire Protection Association has started the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, an effort to incorporate sprinkler systems into the construction of all new homes.
The Martinez family has expressed their deep gratitude for the actions of the crew and has welcomed them into their family. Ms. Martinez remains in critical condition, but is expected to make a full recovery.
A GoFundMe page set up to help with her medical bills raised over $100,000.
Source: Daily Camera News