I had to share this and certainly think that this is something most departments don't see on a regular basis. Something different to discuss from a training standpoint and definitly presents new and difficult challenges to an already difficult job. Heavy snowfall year in the Sierras of California with 20 foot snow banks on either side of a well involved home with no access around the structure without laddering the snowbank and stretching lines to the rear of the building in 4 feet of fresh snow. No water supply readily available due to buried fire hydrants. No one home at the time of the fire. Difficult access into a well established neighborhood due to single lane heavy snow conditons. Secondary powerlines were only several feet above the snow banks and at times and in some neighborhoods the powerlines are buried under the top of 30 foot snow banks.
This photo shows the attached garage in front of the main house that is not visible in the photo or from the street. Snow on the roof is about 15 feet deep. This caused some concerns about the possibility of early collapse after being exposed to fire. The propane tank that supplies the gas to the home is an above ground tank under the snowbank to the left about 20 feet under the snow.