Why does the Fire Department break windows or cut holes in the roof during a fire, it seems they are causing more damage?
As a fire burns, it moves upward until it meets an obstruction such as a ceiling and then moves horizontally through the entire building. Cutting a hole in the roof allows the heat and smoke to go out into the atmosphere, cuts down on the smoke damage, and makes conditions more favorable for firefighters to enter the building.

Breaking the windows provides the maximum area for smoke to exit the building as well as providing an exit for firefighters operating in the building that may otherwise become trapped.

All this combined is called ventilation. This is necessary at all fires so the fire can be extinguished quickly and safely.

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1. I am interested in a fire safety presentation for my group, how do I arrange one?
2. When should I call 911?
3. When I call 911 for an ambulance, why does a fire engine show up?
4. What should I do if my smoke detector goes off in the middle of the night?
5. Why does the Fire Department break windows or cut holes in the roof during a fire, it seems they are causing more damage?
6. How do I get a copy of a fire report?
7. How can I get a tour of the fire station?
8. Is burning allowed in Weston?
9. How big is your service area?
10. How many stations do you have?
11. How do I get plans reviewed?
12. I am selling my house and need a smoke detector certificate. How do I arrange for an inspection?
13. I would like to have my blood pressure taken. How do I go about getting it taken?
14. Who should I contact with questions about my ambulance bill?