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Helmet-cam video with good view from inside Stockton, California house fire

Statter 911 - 6 hours 5 min ago

Interior conditions provided good visibility for helmet-cams

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Firefighter Close Calls - 6 hours 25 min ago

A volunteer firefighter and a civilian were struck by lightning in Corolla, North Carolina Tuesday night.

According to Fire & Emergency Medical Services Chief Ralph “Chip” Melton, Emergency Communications received a call about two people being injured by a lightning strike in the 200 block of Crane Road around 8:45 p.m.

Both are considered to be in stable condition, but an ambulance is transporting them to Virginia Beach for treatment.

The firefighter was responding to a report of a home being hit by lightning when the incident occurred.

No further information has been released at this time.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:37

52-year-old cleaning lady and four firefighters were hurt Monday after they were attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees, leaving the woman in critical condition.

CBSLA’s Stacey Butler reported Monday night that the woman’s son said that it appears she will survive her injuries from the bee attack.

The woman had arrived to clean a home in the 23000 block of Buckland Lane in Lake Forest just before 10:30 a.m. when she was attacked by a swarm of bees, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito.

According to witnesses Maria was in the house with the other three cleaning ladies when she decided to come outside to get a mop. She opened up the trunk and as she was looking in she turned and that’s when the bees hit her.

There was so many bees that when firefighters arrived they couldn’t even see her face.

“She probably had a few hundred if not a thousand bees just embedded into her hair and crawling all over her face,” said Orange County Fire Authority Firefighter Ryan Wilson.

There were as many as 80,000 bees in all involved in the attack, CBS2’s Dave Lopez reported.

Maria was stung more than 200 times.

Opting not to wait for special suits to protect them from the bees, the firefighters rushed in with a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher they typically use for grease fires, Bommarito said.

“They determined they needed to get that patient away from the bees, so they sprayed them with a carbon dioxide extinguisher and in the process all four got stung, two multiple times,” the captain said.

Maria was transported to Saddleback Medical Center in critical condition, Bommarito said.

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Two firefighters were also injured but were expected to recover, while the other two firefighters were also stung a few times but declined to be transported, Bommarito said. A total of six people were hospitalized.

“They did an excellent job,” Bommarito said of the firefighters. “I hate to use the cliche that they made a life-or-death decision, but that’s just what they did. Hopefully maybe she lives based on what they did.”

An estimated 10 pounds of hives were also removed from the scene by a company that specializes in handling bees, according to Bommarito.

“It looks like she opened her trunk” next to the hives, which were “completely hidden”, Bommarito said.

“I was telling her move from the bees,” said the homeowner, Sarah. She heard Maria screaming, went outside and got stung herself on her arms and put the garden hose on Maria, hoping to chase the bees away. Hours later Sarah complained she was having breathing issues. Paramedics were called and she was taken to the hospital. She was released from the hospital and was back home Monday night resting. She is expected to make a full recovery.

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Early video from Montana house fire

Statter 911 - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:03

Missoula area house fire on Sunday

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:13

Three firefighters were treated after a fire in Hartford that damaged a building Monday.

The fire on Capitol Avenue was called in at 11:30 a.m. The fire started in the attic of a three-story multi-family home. Three firefighters were treated for heat related issues.

The road was closed for a time.

Officials are determining the structural integrity of the building.

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Fire buff’s video prompts Baltimore Police Department investigation of officer

Statter 911 - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 19:46

Fire buffs and firefighter attempt to tell officer about a man stashing & then retrieving gun

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Columbia County Fire Ruled Arson

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Pit bull rescued from house fire mauls California battalion chief

Statter 911 - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 22:50

BC John Whiting from Alameda County received serious facial injuries Saturday

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Must see: Police chase stolen California fire engine for more than two hours

Statter 911 - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 10:24

Two arrested after Sac Metro rig stolen at vegetation fire

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Caught on camera: Explosion knocks down firefighter at container mover fire

Statter 911 - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 09:11

Vehicle burns Friday on Blount Island in Jacksonville, Florida

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 06:54

It happened in an instant. Scott Dalrymple and Joshua Doyon from Ladder 2 were the first Everett firefighters to run into a burning, three-family home on Morris Street, where a woman was trapped on the second floor on Friday at 1:45 p.m.

Dressed in protective gear, Dalrymple and Doyon immediately saw flames shooting from a heating vent inside the hallway, meaning the 3-alarm fire was roaring in the basement below, Everett Fire Chief Tony Carli said Saturday.

They scaled the stairs, but the heat and flames were so intense that Dalrymple and Doyon had to turn back, the chief said.

As they retreated, witnesses on Morris Street said a deafening boom erupted from inside the house. Doyon bolted through the front door followed by Dalrymple — both with flames shooting from their gear — as fire consumed the hallway behind them, the bystanders said.

“One firefighter came out tumbling,” said Mitchell Donnelly, 44, who lives across the street. “The other firefighter came out like he was a linebacker, head tucked down. He was totally engulfed in flames.”

Everett Firefighter Scott Dalrymple.

Doyon, 27, who wasn’t as badly hurt as Dalrymple, 48, tried to help his colleague, who fell down the exterior stairs and needed to be sprayed with water.

“Josh was taking care of Scotty with a crew out front,” said Craig Hardy, president of Everett Firefighters Union Local 143, who was also summoned to the blaze. “He’s military trained. He didn’t worry about himself.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 06:52

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has initiated an animal neglect and cruelty investigation into a dog mauling that left a fireman badly injured.

A pit bull viciously turned on one of his rescuers, attacking Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting, who was responding to a fire call in San Leandro on Saturday morning.

Whiting was talking with a 15-year-old girl who had been rescued from the fire when he was bitten on the left side of the face from the cheekbone down to his chin.

“We’re taking it a little hard. It’s hard on him, it’s hard on the family. It’s hard on all the firefighters,” said Alan Evans, division chief with Alameda County Fire. Evans said Whiting is in stable condition.

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Alameda County Fire crews responded to a San Leandro home at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday after a fire broke out in the back of the property. As many as 20 dogs were in the house where the fire occurred. The fire was first reported shortly after 9 a.m.

Once the fire was out, two pit bulls were pronounced dead.

Right before the male dominant dog bit Whiting, he asked the fire victim if the dog was secure.

“He did ask if that dog was secured with the leash and the girl wasn’t holding it really taut,” Evans said. “The dog attacked him for no reason.”

Officials said Whiting is a well-respected veteran with the department. Alameda County Fire tweeted an image of the dog along with a wish that Whiting recovers.

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This AM rescued a 15 y/o girl & 18 dogs from a fire at 16011 Maubert in Ashland (unincorporated San Leandro). One of the dogs, a male pit bull, then attacked one of our Battalion Chiefs. Please join us in keeping BC John Whiting in your as he recovers.

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Whiting was taken to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley before being transferred to Stanford Hospital for surgery.

Alameda County Sheriff officials say residents are only allowed to have two dogs unless they have a permit. Neighbors knew there were multiple dogs at the property.

“I hear the dogs but we don’t hear the dogs to where we thought 20 might be in there,” said Julia Dunson, who works nearby.

There is now a criminal neglect investigation underway by the Sheriff’s Office.

All dogs have been taken by animal control services. The pit bull that attacked the battalion chief has been placed under quarantine during the investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 06:50

A police chase across four counties Saturday ended above Lake Oroville after a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District fire truck was stolen and taken on a pursuit that lasted about 85 miles.

The truck was stolen at the scene of a grass fire in Rio Linda nearly two hours before the stop, and sped through Sacramento, Placer, Yuba and Butte counties, reaching speeds of 70 mph and, at times, traveling in the direction of oncoming traffic, according to several law enforcement officials.

The truck was chased by the California Highway Patrol and several other agencies before it was stopped on Highway 70 just north of Lake Oroville. The CHP said that two suspects, a man and woman, were arrested when the vehicle came to a stop. No other details about the suspects were available.

“It’s the first time it’s happened to us,” said Metro Fire spokesman Capt. Chris Vestal, who said the truck would need to be hauled back for extensive work by the department’s fleet crews.

“It’s got some obvious damage to the front axle area, and it will have to be assessed,” Vestal said. “That will take some time.”

Vestal said that the truck is worth $1 million fully outfitted, but no damage was believed to have been done to the equipment inside.

Photographs of the vehicle posted to social media showed the fire truck sustained damage, including a front wheel that was down to its rim.

“It wouldn’t be going into service until extensive work is made.”

Vestal did say that the firefighters of Station 111 in Rio Linda would not be without equipment, as the department’s fleet and maintenance staff quickly brought in a reserve engine for service calls.

The fire truck was taken about 4 p.m. as crews had fought a 12-acre fire near Elkhorn Boulevard and Cherry Lane in Rio Linda, said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton.

Deputies were the first to pursue the truck on surface streets in northern Sacramento County and the city of Antelope before it moved onto Highway 65 in Placer County. While taking command of the chase, and out of concern for other drivers’ safety, Placer County Sheriff’s deputies at one point decided to pull back in the pursuit along Highway 65 as the fire truck drove counter to traffic.

When the truck entered Yuba County, the California Highway Patrol took over the chase, Vestal said. Multiple local agencies assisted in the chase along the way as the vehicle raced north, sometimes using off-ramps along the way. Officials made several attempts to stop the vehicle using spike strips as it rolled through the cities of Wheatland, Marysville and Oroville before being stopped on the 11800 block of Highway 70.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 18:42

Four Chicago firefighters were injured after flames swept through two buildings on Chicago’s Far South Side Saturday morning.

The fire broke out at about 4 a.m. in the 13500-block of South Baltimore Avenue in Hegewisch, fire officials said. It quickly engulfed one building and then spread to the second. Both buildings were vacant.

The heat appeared to leave some firefighters exhausted. Four were transported to hospitals to be treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but fire officials have reason to be concerned.

“This area had been a rash of fires,” said Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Brian Helmond. “This is the seventh or eighth fire just in this area alone.”

The fire department is asking people in the area to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.


Four Chicago firefighters were injured after flames swept through two buildings on Chicago’s Far South Side Saturday morning.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:13

Three children were killed and more than a dozen others were injured, after a fast-moving fire engulfed a building in New Jersey.

The fire broke out just before 9 a.m. on 25th Street between Bergenline and New York avenues in Union City. Smoke billowed out the windows and through the roof.

Witnesses say a boy was on the roof on his hands and knees waving for help.

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Moments later, firefighters went up a ladder to bring the child to safety.

Multiple witnesses say he was rescued in the nick of time and was able to walk away on his own, but there were others who were not as lucky.

Three children, were killed – Mailyn Wood, 5; and her cousins, Jason Gonzalez, 2, and his eight-year-old brother, Christian, who died hours later at the hospital.

Neighbors say they tried to help, but it was just too much.

“I went inside to the second floor and I knocked a couple of doors. When I tried to come back, I saw all the smoke already somewhere in the foyer,” said Eudez Hernandez.

18 firefighters were also injured from smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. All of them are expected to survive.

It took half an hour to get flames under control.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:10

Fire investigators said a three-alarm fire at the three-family home on Morris Street in Everett Friday afternoon was electrical in nature.

Two firefighters were burned while battling the stubborn blaze in the multifamily building.

One of the firefighters was released from the hospital by Friday night but the other suffered extensive burns, officials said.

Two firefighters — a lieutenant with 20 years with the department and a firefighter with four years with the department — were taken from the scene with burns.

“We’re not sure what happened when they went inside,” Carli said. “They were backed out of a room on the first floor and that’s when the injuries occurred.”

A woman on the third floor was also rescued from the building by a ladder. She was treated and released from the hospital.

Investigators determined that the fire started at the electrical panel.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 08:08

Flames damaged several homes in Schuylkill County Thursday afternoon.

The call came in just after 1 p.m. Thursday for the fire along Market Street in Port Carbon.

Heavy smoke filled the sky as firefighters worked to put out the blaze which appears to have spread to a neighboring home.

Firefighters say it was reported the flames started in one of the buildings which housed a bar and an apartment.

Encounters Tavern has a sign on it that it was closed for repairs.

Six people — two children and four adults — were displaced in this fire.

We spoke with a man who says he just moved out of the apartment above the bar.

“We didn’t get all of our stuff out, but that’s about it. All that’s just stuff. Clothes, furniture, stuff like that. I’m alright. I’m not too bad. I mean it sucks. All of our stuff gone but everybody is OK though. It doesn’t matter it’s just stuff you can replace it,” Gerald Hunsinger said.

Firefighters say it was difficult to control the flames at first as they waited for more firefighters to arrive on scene.

While no one who lives in these homes were hurt, Port Carbon firefighters say a firefighter did have to go to the hospital after hurting his ankle.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:14

Just before 6:30pm on Thursday, a crash between a Trenton Fire Department vehicle and a private car blocked State Road 26 in Southeast Gilchrist County.

Both of the drivers and a passenger had to be taken to UF Health Shands. 22 year old, Ryan Cumbie, and 55 year old, Troy Breton, of the fire department had to be airlifted with critical injuries.

Investigators are still figuring out how the crash happened.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:10

Two firefighters were injured in an explosion as they tackled a large blaze at a sawmill in Co Cork.

The blaze at Palfab in Lissarda, which is west of Cork city, started early this morning.

Gardaí arrived at the scene at around 5am, and a large explosion occurred at around 6.30am.

Two firefighters were injured in the blast and were treated at the scene before being brought to Cork University Hospital.

They were not seriously injured in the incident.

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Around 12 units of Cork City and County Fire Brigades attended the fire.

There are no road closures in place and the Health and Safety Authority has been informed of the incident.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:09

A Tesla, along with another vehicle and the basement of a home were destroyed by flames Thursday morning.

Fire crews were called to a house on Sageview Road to find smoke billowing from charred windows.

The tenants of the residence were not home and there were no pets inside.

Brent Watson with the West Kelowna Fire Department said crews quickly extinguished fire in the basement and garage areas.

“One firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire,” said Watson.

The fire remains under investigation, but the preliminary cause appears electrical in nature. The fire is not considered suspicious at this time, and it is not known if the owner has insurance.

Watson explained the quick action taken by neighbours to report the fire helped to minimize the damage by the blaze.

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