Decatur (IL) Firefighters operating at a house fire on North Union and West Center Street August 18, 2012. Video by NewAgeVideos
From what we see in the video it did not appear as though firefighters ever entered the structure. This leads me to believe that they knew 100% that no one was in the building and they have a policy on not fighting fires in boarded up structures. I found the strategy to be interesting. My assessment could be completely wrong though.
It could be that the IC simply did not feel as though the risk of entering the structure was worth it. That is a perfectly decent reason for the defensive attack as well.
Then again, it could be for reasons we simply don’t see in the video.
But then again…you know my train of thought. A building isn’t “unoccupied” until we say it is unoccupied (typically by searching).
IF indeed the structure is not sound enough to put firefighters inside, how can we be sure it is sound enough to put firefighters on top of?
Whether or not my assessment is correct, how many other departments would have fought this fire this way?