Rolling Green Apartments: Side A of the building (photo: Steven O'Toole)
Fire is a most formidable foe. Because it doesn't feel anything except the urge to feed. And it doesn't care about you, your friends or loved ones, or what your future plans are.
The State Fire Marshal's investigation report of the January 21, 2013 Rolling Green Apartments fire, issued over a year after the disaster, could not establish a cause for the fatal inferno.
Rolling Green Apartment 202 Side C of the building
AFD report by initial on scene commander
Investigators are certain, however, the fire started in Jake Hoffman's bedroom, and that he was initially dragged unconscious out of his burning room by his best friend. Hoffman awoke however, and sprinted back into harms way saying, "Fuck this, I'm putting the fire out."
(Editors Note: Bold black overlay is state officials redaction, white out is mine)
By then the beast was fully formed, a raging inferno well beyond the taming capabilities of an untrained amateur. Especially one with reflexes and judgement dulled by too much alcohol.
Firefighters were driven from the apartment by a partial roof collapse and had to back their way down the same stairs Hoffman's roommate had originally used to drag him to safety. They found Jake Hoffman a few hours later under a pile of debris, in the bathroom.