ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A rare mayday call went out after a 6,000 pound ice-snow mix collapsed on an Anchorage firefighter fighting a deck fire Sunday, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.
“From the time the mayday was called, to when he was actually extracted, was about 12 minutes,” says AFD Deputy Chief Chris Bushue.
Bushue says the routine call came into a three member crew from Station 14, off Campbell Airstrip Rd.
"Over doing some training,” Bushue says. “Heard the call for fire. Could see some smoke in the air. So they knew they had what we call a working fire."
Soon after the crew arrived at 3007 Campbell Airstrip Rd., the engineer pumped water from the truck, while the captain and firefighter quickly extinguished the blaze inside the home.
"The two firefighters (then) realize there was more fire on the exterior deck area," Bushue says.
On his hands and knees, Bushue says the firefighter stayed on the deck when he heard a creaking sound.