The Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services has responded to three similar basement fires in a 13-year period that had three dissimilar results. The first involved a close call when a lieutenant fell into a basement but was able to self-rescue. The second resulted in two line-of-duty deaths when a captain and firefighter both fell into a basement. The third fire had a successful outcome due to the lessons learned from the first two incidents. The presenters of this session examine all three incidents and share the lessons learned.