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Firefighter Close Calls - 8 hours 35 min ago

11/14/1877 three Chicago (IL) firefighters were fatally injured while fighting a commercial fire at the Field, Leiter & Company department store (the predecessor to Marshal Field & Co.) located at State and Washington Streets. The fire started in a partial attic space between the building’s fifth floor and the roof around 8:00 p.m. The fire difficult to access in the attic space, the roof and upper two floors of the buildings were filled with flames by 9:00 p.m. Firefighters positioned hoselines on the second and third floors of the building, with fire streams aimed up the elevator shafts towards the flames on the upper stories. A portion of the upper floors gave way, a number of these firefighters were caught in a structural collapse.

11/14/1884 a Memphis, TN firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained April 22, 1883, when he and a second firefighter were caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a saloon fire. His injuries were not thought to be serious at first, but he never fully recovered and his health slowly deteriorated, resulting in his death. The second firefighter was killed instantly in the collapse.”

11/14/1924 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained when he was struck by a hoseline that had burst on October 30, 1924.”

11/14/1954 a Synder, NE firefighter “died of a head injury when a pile of tires, lumber and other items, which had been soaked with gasoline, exploded and flying debris hit him in the head during a training exercise.”

11/14/1990 an Arlington, Texas firefighter died while “involved in heavy firefighting activity; when he collapsed in the garage area of a residential fire. Firefighters immediately began CPR and radioed for an ambulance. He was pronounced dead after all resuscitation efforts failed.”

11/14/2005 a Union City, PA firefighter “collapsed at a residential structure fire late on this evening. He was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital where he passed away.”

11/14/1987 Pampa, TX the Hoechst Celanese Chemical Company was destroyed by fire, loss exceed $348 million.

11/14/1977 a high rise hotel building fire in downtown Manila, Philippines killed forty-seven and injured a number of people during a Typhoon with heavy rain and gusty winds. The fire is believed to have originated near a guest room in the complex that was composed of four buildings. The main hotel, equipped with a fire manual alarm system, and no standpipe, was actually two buildings joined by a common corridor on all floors with a combustible interior finish.

11/14/1946 Baroda, MI an occupied school boiler exploded that killed a student and critically injured another.

11/14/1927 a disastrous gas explosion killed twenty-eight and injured over 100 in the Old Manchester District of Pittsburgh, PA. “The cause of the disaster was soon apparent, for, in the midst of the ruins lay a twisted mass of steel, some of the supports of the giant gas tank, said to be the largest natural gas reservoir in the world. Thirteen men went to work repairing the tank at 8:00 a.m. Forty-three minutes later, as the workers handled their blow torches on the steel framework, the shock came. Eye-witnesses said that the tank with a capacity of some five million cubic feet, shot into the air like a balloon.”

11/14/1904 the three-story brick Lawson McGhee Library in Knoxville, TN was destroyed by fire on Gay Street and Vine Avenue that originated in the basement from the furnace and spread rapidly throughout the structure. “On the ground floor of the building was a double store occupied by the Vance Furniture Company. The second floor was devoted to the public library, containing about 15,000 volumes, and the offices of the Commercial Club. On the third floor was the Knoxville Business College.”

11/14/1880 St. Peter, MN the State Insane Asylum fire left twenty of the 600 inmates confirmed dead. “The origin of the fire is unknown, though it is located in the basement of the north wing, which was destroyed.”

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Video: Pump problems brings out the can for car fire in Newark, NJ

Statter 911 - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 19:21

Car fire next to building on 1st Street

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 18:00

Westcourt Place residents displaced by a now-extinguished building fire arrived at Windsor’s WFCU Centre Tuesday evening.

More than 200 residents of the downtown Windsor highrise were told earlier Tuesday by officials to evacuate the building after a fire in the parking garage left the building without power, heat and water.

Three civilians and two firefighters were taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries caused by smoke inhalation related to the fire that broke out on Tuesday morning. It was extinguished around 11 a.m.

According to a statement from the City of Windsor, the city and the Canadian Red Cross have set up a “temporary reception centre” to provide food and shelter for the approximately 45 residents of Westcourt Place, located at Goyeau Street and Chatham Street.

Westcourt Place resident Chris Baillargeon described the day as “busy.”


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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:57

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — Two firefighters are recovering after suffering injuries battling two separate blazes in Prince George’s County.

The first happened at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at 3016 Kaverton Street in Forestville at an auto body shop, according to Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady.

“Investigators say fire was accidental and occurred when a car fuel tank was being removed,” he tweeted. “1 shop employee suffered minor burns as well as one firefighter.”

Both were taken to the burn unit.

The structure was declared a $100,000 loss.

Just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, firefighters responded to the second floor of a two-story single-family home in the 15700 block of Sherwood Avenue in Laurel.

One firefighter suffered a “sudden illness” at the scene and was taken to the hospital, Brady said. No one else was injured.

Three adults and one child were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross. The home was declared a $100,000 loss.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:55

A firefighter suffered a laceration while trying to contain a commercial fire in Weber County.

According to Weber Fire District, an RV caught fire between two buildings Tuesday near 1527 S. 1100 W. in the Marriott-Slaterville area. The flames spread to the surrounding buildings.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:53

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem Fire said at least one firefighter was injured during a fire at the Quality Inn.

Fire crews evacuated the rooms Tuesday night at the Quality Inn located on Akron Drive. Winston-Salem Fire said the fire started on the hotel’s third floor and was contained to one room. A malfunctioning HVAC unit caused the fire. Firefighters evacuated about 22 people. Many were moved into a conference room on the first floor where there was no smoke.

The fire department says they walked through the hotel to make sure it was safe to go back inside. A battalion chief says the most damage was done to the room on the third floor where the fire started.

However, smoke lingered on the third floor and up. The hotel is eight stories. The hotel’s manager worked to help those impacted by the fire.

Winston-Salem Fire said the firefighter got a minor back injury doing regular firefighter activities.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:52

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WAVE) – A firefighter was injured while putting out flames at a home in New Albany.

The fire was reported on Lincoln Street around 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to New Albany Fire Department chief Matt Juliot.

Juliot said the firefighter sprained his ankle.

Everyone inside the home was able to get out safely.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:04

FARMINGTON – The family of a veteran firefighter killed two months ago in a propane explosion that leveled a two-story building has hired a Lewiston law firm to investigate what caused the building’s propane line to leak in the days leading up to the blast.

Capt. Michael Bell, 68, a 30-year member of the Farmington Fire Rescue Department, was killed Sept. 16 when LEAP Inc.’s central office facility on Route 2 exploded due to a leak in its propane line under the parking lot.

Seven other people, including Bell’s brother, Fire Chief Terry Bell Sr., were injured in the explosion. The six firefighters hurt in the blast have been released from medical facilities.

Capt. Michael Bell died Sept. 16 after an explosion following a reported gas leak at the LEAP building in Farmington. Photo courtesy town of Farmington

Larry Lord, the maintenance supervisor for the nonprofit social services agency, helped clear the building of employees minutes before the explosion. He remains at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in fair condition.

Steven Silin, an attorney at the Lewiston-based law firm Berman & Simmons, said Bell’s family retained the firm’s services and he and the firm are “working with experts in an effort to gain a more complete understanding of how this tragedy happened.”

“We can then determine how best to hold those responsible accountable as we pursue justice for the family and the community more broadly,” Silin added. “It’s still early in the process.”

Phone calls to the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office for an update on the investigation into the explosion went unanswered Tuesday. Federal and state investigators determined the cause of the explosion was propane leaking from a line under the parking lot into the basement of the LEAP building.

The propane tank was filled with about 400 gallons of fuel Friday, Sept. 13, by C.N. Brown of South Paris. The tank was empty three days later when Lord checked it.

As of Oct. 23, investigators had not determined what caused the leak or what sparked the explosion on Monday morning, Sept. 16, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:03

One person was killed and another critically injured in a fire that engulfed a Bayville home Monday afternoon, officials said.

More than 100 firefighters from eight departments responded to the 1:58 p.m. blaze in the Bayville Park Boulevard home, Nassau police said. Authorities pronounced one victim dead at the scene while the other was in critical condition Monday night at a hospital, police said.

Firefighters from East Norwich, Glen Cove, Glenwood, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay, Sea Cliff and Roslyn departments assisted the Bayville Fire Department, officials said.

Three firefighters were treated at a hospital for minor injuries, police said.

Bayville Village Mayor Robert De Natale, who was at the scene, said the occupants of the home are a couple and the person airlifted was an elderly man.

The names of the victims were not released.

Uttaro said the cause of the blaze is being investigated by the fire marshal’s office and the Nassau County Police Department’s Arson/Bomb Squad, which is routine.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 12:01

Fire crews are at the scene of a working structure fire in Pottsville. Just before 8:30pm, emergency personnel were dispatched to 625 Pierce Street in Pottsville for a working structure fire.

Three buildings were reported to have been involved.

A mayday was called from firefighters battling the fire but all firefighters were later accounted for.  One firefighter suffered an ankle injury.

Just after 8:30pm, a 2nd alarm was called.

Multiple Schuylkill County units have been called to the scene as well as stand by for the city.

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Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard killed during 4-alarm fire

Statter 911 - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 07:39

Lt. Menard died during mayday call to rescue trapped firefighters

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 03:36

11/13/1877 National Firemen’s Journal published the first issue.

11/13/1904 a Chicago, IL firefighter “of Engine 10 was fatally injured while fighting a fire aboard the freight steamer Gordon Campbell, which was docked at Chicago’s south pier. The firefighter fractured his skull when he fell through a hatchway into the boat’s hold.”

11/13/1911 Peoria, IL a firefighter died while battling a fire at the National Hotel, located at the intersection of Hamilton and Jefferson Streets. On Sunday night, November 12, 1911, at 10:53 p.m., Fire Alarm Box No. 29 signaled a large fire at the National Hotel, a six-story brick structure occupying an entire city block. By 10:55 p.m. a “33 All Hands” general alarm, summoned all available firefighters to the scene. Shortly after midnight, portions of the walls began to collapse. Several explosions, possibly from leaking and trapped gas, were heard coming from the inside the building. The firefighters had been involved in the fight for more than five grueling hours. Three firefighters were standing on the roof of a shed at the back of the hotel, hosing water onto the smoldering ruins, when a huge smokestack began to waver and collapsed crushing one of the firefighters.

1/13/1917 a Buffalo, NY firefighter “was killed and 6 other men were injured at a fire that destroyed a vacant building at 68 Chandler St. The building was a 100’ X 40’ single story structure, that had only 2 weeks ago, been used by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. Crews had little trouble extinguishing the blaze, and Ladder 4 was sent in to check on any hot spots. As the crews worked near the rear of the structure, a section of roof suddenly collapsed, burying two firefighters. One firefighter was easy to reach, and was quickly rescued from beneath the smoking roof. It several more minutes to reach the second. The roof was a flimsy affair, not built with heavy timbers. Had it been, all six men would have perished. The second firefighter was rushed to Lafayette General Hospital, but never regained consciousness and died on the way. Six other firefighters including the Chief were injured in the collapse and Rescue efforts.”

11/13/1939 a Bronx, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while he “was operating at a two-alarm blaze when he collapsed. He was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he was pronounced dead from smoke narcosis.”

11/13/1990 a Lebanon, Pennsylvania firefighter “was advancing hose lines in the interior of a structure fire on the 2nd floor. During fire operations, he became separated from his team and became lost in the building. The remaining two team members left the building to obtain help in locating the firefighter. He was found 30 minutes later out of air and unconscious. He was immediately transferred to the hospital where he was pronounced dead due to Asphyxiation and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. The fire, which burned for three days, consumed four historic buildings. Six other firefighters were injured in the fire.”

11/13/2012 four people died in Lake City, IA house fire; a 22-year-old woman, a 10-month-old boy, a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl were killed in a fire; the home did not appear to have any smoke alarms; the cause of the fire was an overload pinched electrical cord with two plug-ins that caught the wall on fire.

11/13/1997 around 6:00 a.m. a fire in an occupied, four-story apartment complex in Bremerton, Washington claimed four lives (ages 75 to 91 years) and injured twelve. The non-sprinklered 142 unit (130 units occupied) U-shaped building with ground floor storage areas, laundries, parking areas, and utility rooms were noncombustible construction, and the upper three floors were constructed of wood studs covered with fire-rated gypsum wallboard on each side contained the apartment units. The exterior walls were covered with 5/8” non- fire-rated plywood; and a two-story building occupied the open portion of the U built in a similar style. The fire started in an occupied 3rd floor unattended apartment allowing the fire to grow undiscovered.

11/13/2002 Prestige oil tanker, carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil sank $12 billion loss in a storm off Galicia, Spain.

11/13/1950 Altoona, PA a mother and her four children died after a kerosene stove exploded.

11/13/1890 San Francisco, CA a large fire in the business section destroyed several merchant and manufacturing occupancies.

11/13/1909 St. Paul a coal mine explosion killed 259 near Cherry, IL.


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Union County Apartment Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered

Union County Apartment Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered
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Harris County Fatal Fire Under Investigation

Harris County Fatal Fire Under Investigation
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Banks County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered

Banks County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered
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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:20

A California firefighter suffered a leg injury following a fall while battling a vacant house blaze Monday.

The fire broke out just before 8 p.m. in northeast Bakersfield, KGET-TV reports. County and city crews responded to the blaze at the home, which has had past issues with squatters.

Bakersfield Battalion Chief Mike Lencioni  told KGET that a firefighter was taken to the hospital with either a broken ankle or leg following a fall at the scene. No other injuries were reported

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:18

A longtime Nebraska fire chief suffered a fatal heart attack after an emergency call early Monday.

Boys Town Fire & Rescue Chief John Sing, 67, was part of the response to an EMS call at around 2 a.m., according to the U.S. Fire Administration. He collapsed upon his return to the station and was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died from an apparent heart attack.

Sing joined the Boys Town department in June 1971 “after watching his father work in multiple roles” in the community, the town said in a statement. Before joining the department, he was offered a job with the Denver Fire Department but turned it down to stay in Nebraska, WOWT-TV reports.

“My heart is broken for his family and the Boys Town Fire Department members,” Waterloo and Douglas County Rural Fire Chief Travis Harlow told the TV station. “He was such a leader and mentor to so many in the fire service, no matter serving on Boys Town Fire or a part of the Tri-Mutual Aid area.”

Sing worked in Boys Town for nearly a half century, eventually heading up the department. He also is credited with starting Boys Town’s fire cadet program.

“Chief Sing’s hard work and commitment to the Boys Town mission have greatly served his community, and he will be missed by the entire Boys Town family,” an statement on Boys Town’s Facebook page said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 07:34

By Erin Heffernan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Icy conditions on Highway 367 Monday led to back-to-back crashes that sent five people to the hospital, including a firefighter responding to the first crash.

Fire crews from the Spanish Lake and Black Jack fire protection districts arrived at a two-car crash about 1:20 p.m. on southbound Highway 367 near Redman Road, said Black Jack battalion chief Dave Parker.

Within minutes of crews arriving, a pickup truck towing a trailer full of lumber came over the hill and appeared to lose control on the icy road, Parker said.

The truck hit a Spanish Lake fire truck, before spinning out and hitting the original crash, Parker said.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 03:35

11/12/1890 a Tampa, FL firefighter died in the line of duty.

11/12/1892 two FDNY firefighters from Engine 204 in Brooklyn, NY were killed when they were caught in a floor collapse while operating at a warehouse fire. While operating a line on top of piles of jute on the 5th floor of Harbeck’s Store Warehouse, without warning, the floor collapsed down to the 4th. Heavy smoke prevented their rescue.

11/12/1947 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died after he was ‘hit by rocks thrown at apparatus while driving Engine 16 southbound on Arroyo Seco Parkway {Pasadena Freeway} near Solano Ave. A cascade of rocks and bottles were thrown from a 50-foot hill overlooking the parkway. A large rock crash through the windshield of the Engine, and hit him in the head killing him instantly.”

11/12/2014 a Baltimore, MD firefighter died at “a working structure fire in his role as an on-duty safety officer. He operated on the scene of the fire for some time. The fire was extinguished, and firefighters left the scene. The last apparatus left the scene at approximately 0220hrs. Beginning at 0643hrs, calls were received reporting a fire department vehicle still parked at the scene of the earlier structure fire. After determining which vehicle was on-scene, a fire company was sent to investigate. At 0845hrs, he was found in the basement of an exposure building from the earlier fire. He was deceased.”

11/12/2012 a pre-dawn fire that killed a 30-year-old man and his three children and hospitalized the mother that was caused by empty cardboard pizza boxes stored too close to a wood-burning stove, Orrington, Maine.

11/12/1992, an accidental fire destroyed the Dole Fresh Vegetables plant in Yuma, Arizona, with an estimated loss of $16 million. The noncombustible structure with light-gauge metal exterior walls and roof components, polyurethane foam sprayed insulation over the interior surfaces of the exterior walls and roof; wood-frame walls were constructed throughout the building in front of the foam insulation permitted washing of interior surfaces; the building was protected by an automatic sprinklers system in occupiable spaces. The fire started by a welder installing process equipment in an addition under construction that was near completion. Fire spread in combustible concealed space between the wood-framed interior walls and the metal exterior walls where sprinklers had not been installed and extended from this area into the salad plant overwhelming the operational sprinkler systems.

11/12/1984 Tinker AFB (Norman, OK) a repair plant fire, losses were over $244 million –

11/12/1940 Woodbridge, NJ a terrible plant explosion killed nine and damaged fourteen buildings.

11/12/1917 Camden, ME the historic Elms Hotel was destroyed by fire that started around the kitchen chimney.

11/12/1910 Lincoln, NE a University building was destroyed by an electrical fire. “The fire was first discovered by employees in the administration building, who saw smoke and flame issuing from a ventilating shaft near the front of the burning structure.”

11/12/1900 Poplar Bluff, MO the Gifford House Hotel fire killed four. Originating in the rear of the three-story wood-frame hotel, the flames spread rapidly where forty-five guests and the porter occupied the building. The guests on the second and third floors were unable to escape by the stairs.

11/12/1889 Miami FL, the Miami Hotel a 100 room, wooden building was destroyed by a fire that started from a gas stove and extended to Mrs. Maggie Knapp’s restaurant, the Greet store, a boarding house, the Miami Metropolis Building, and Joseph McDonald’s machine shops and stables.

11/12/1896 Fort Wayne, IN the Trentman block, on Calhoun Street between Berry and Wayne, was damaged by fire.

11/12/1883 Atlanta, GA around 7:30 a.m. a thirty-five-foot section of the walls of the Kimball House collapsed into the alley in the rear of the Peachtree block of buildings in the rear of Moran’s drug store that killed a man after the building was damaged by a fire.

11/12/1883 Shenandoah, PA the United States Hotel was destroyed by fire that started around noon in the large three-story structure at the corner of Main and Centre Streets and communicated to the buildings on the north side of Centre Street. Sixteen street fronts were destroyed, over 250 families are homeless.

11/12/1883 Charleston, SC the Wilbur’s clothing manufactory fire killed two and extended to the Robertson, Taylor & Co., wholesale grocers.

11/12/1880 Stellarton, NS a natural gas explosion in a coal mine killed sixty.

11/12/1864 the destruction of Atlanta began when Union General William T. Sherman orders the business district of Atlanta be burned before embarking on his “March to the Sea.” 37 percent of the city was ruined.

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