Backdraft Like Explosion Blows Helmet Off Firefighter

Watch at 6:18 the force of the explosion blows off the chiefs helmet.

Crews were dispatched to a reported house fire at 402 Madison In New Chicago on 02-17-12, On arrival smoke was showing and a working fire was declared. Crews quickly stretched lines into the house to knock the fire down and a hole was cut in the roof of the living room/entrance. Shortly after the hole was cut there was a violent explosion that blew an officers helmet off his head and blew the leaves in the lawn. We are unsure what the explosion was. There were three members in the structure when this happened and all were ok. One other member suffered an asthma attack while fighting the fire and was treated on the scene. The Lake County Fire Investigators Team was requested to the scene to assist with cause and origin.

Text and Video Uploaded by mabas21 on Feb 17, 2012