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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 07:39

The Irving fire department has decorated one of its newly-coined “blocker trucks” with a decal, after the truck did its job by protecting first responders.

The department posted a tweet saying Blocker 12 was hit by an impaired driver while first responders were tending to a major highway accident.

The blocker trucks were first rolled out in June for the sole purpose of protecting first responders working on busy roads from being struck by other vehicles.

It came as a response to an 18-wheeler striking a Irving fire truck working an accident, which left that driver dead and several firefighters seriously injured.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 07:36

Devan Howe-Kizzar’s eyes welled with tears as she sat near the smoldering remains of the two-story Gonzaga-area home she shared with roommates and children.

Hours earlier, she had evacuated everyone in a panic, floor by floor, and made sure her roommate in the basement, a friend and all five children upstairs made it out alive. They did. But all of her belongings didn’t.

“All of my kids’ clothes. My wallet. My keys. Phone. Everything,” she said as she sat on a nearby porch wrapped in a blanket. “My daughter just turned 8. She got a new pair of boots. Gone.”

At about 2:15 a.m., Spokane firefighters arrivedat the home, at 111 E. Sinto Ave., as heavy smoke and flames poured from the building.

Tenants would later tell firefighters they believed the fire started on the home’s porch, where they smelled the heavy odor of gasoline, which they theorized spurred the fire’s quick movement.

The fire grew so intense so quickly that it spread to a neighbor’s house, forcing another family to evacuate. It also melted the tarp draped over a nearby car.

It took about 90 minutes to get the blaze under control. By that time, both homes and a detached garage were destroyed, and perhaps a dozen people were displaced. American Red Cross workers helped find temporary housing.

Two firefighters were injured while inside one of the homes when falling debris struck them, Deputy Fire Chief Mark John said. One was treated and released from a hospital and the other “will be off for a short period of time as a result of the injury.” No other injuries requiring medical attention were reported.

The home’s owner, Janet Dressel, who along with her husband, Vincent, owns multiple properties around Gonzaga, said that while it was “too early to even say anything about it,” she heard from investigators the cause of the fire was likely arson.

“They have cameras on the building across the street,” she said. “From what I understand, they’re looking at those … But that’s all I know.”

Assistant Fire Chief Trisha Wolford wasn’t ready Thursday afternoon to rule on an official cause, instead saying fire investigators were still working the scene along with Spokane police.

“I don’t have any final determination from them,” she said. “They’re still working on whether it’s accidental. Nothing has been ruled out. Accidental is still a possibility and incendiary is still a possibility. And then there’s the undetermined.”

Howe-Kizzar credited her friend Chris Thrasher, who was up at the time and drawing in the kitchen, with saving everyone’s life. She said the home did not have any working smoke detectors.

“If it hadn’t been for him, we all would probably be dead,” she said. “It was so fast. So fast.”

Thrasher said he noticed an intense orange glow coming from a large window on the front of the house overlooking the porch. When he got up and walked outside, the first thing he noticed was the raging fire making its way up the wooden columns. The second thing he noticed was the smell of gasoline.

“As soon I opened the door, it just reeked,” he said. “And it was fast.”

Alan Watts, who was lying in the basement of Howe-Kizzar’s home when the fire started, said he, too, believed the fire’s origin was suspicious, especially since another fire happened on the same block months prior.

“But you gotta just start over and move on,” he said as he packed blankets and clothes into a car. “That’s all we can do.”

The July 5 blaze, at 127 E. Sinto Ave., displaced 11 people and multiple pets. Family members told KHQ at the time they believed the fire was started in an upstairs bedroom by one of the occupants, who suffers from mental illness.

Janet Dressel said the person responsible, the daughter of the tenant who lived there at the time, was not arrested and was instead placed into mental health services.

All three properties that burned on the stretch of Sinto between Ruby and Pearl streets are owned by the Dressels.

In 2005, the Gonzaga Bulletin reported the Dressels were sued in U.S. District Court by more than 40 Logan Neighborhood residents, who said the couple failed to protect the historical qualities of homes on Mission Avenue between Ruby and Hamilton.

The lawsuit was dismissed the following year, and again upon appeal a year later.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 07:32

A Vancouver firefighter has been injured as crews battled a four-alarm apartment fire in Vancouver’s West End.

The unnamed firefighter was treated by B.C. Ambulance paramedics and taken to hospital with unknown injuries, while fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze at the Washington Court apartments at 998 Thurlow St. Flames spread through walls and ceiling voids, which complicated the effort.

“Crews continue to chase and attack this stubborn fire under challenging conditions,” Vancouver Fire Rescue said in a tweet early Thursday.

A witness says the fire started on the fourth floor at the rear of the five-storey building at around 9 a.m.

Firefighters were seen on the building’s roof using chainsaws to get at the flames. Black smoke, which was first spotted billowing from a fourth-floor window, moved to a fifth-floor window and then spread to the roof and out the building’s eaves.

Smoke billows from an apartment fire on Thurlow Street in Vancouver. VANCOUVER FIRE RESCUE

Fire trucks responding to the blaze initially had trouble navigating traffic during the morning rush hour in the city’s most densely populated neighbourhood. The trucks were blaring their horns and sirens to notify drivers as they raced to the scene.

Thurlow Street was shut down at Robson Street, while Nelson was totally shut off to traffic at Thurlow. As of noon, the streets remained closed and drivers were advised to avoid the area.

B.C. Hydro crews were at the scene shutting down power to the building.

By 2:30 p.m., firefighters were mopping up as investigators tried to determine the cause of the blaze.

Vancouver Fire Rescue says several suites have been left uninhabitable and B.C. Emergency Social Services is at the scene.

Fire Capt. Jonathan Gormick says at least six suites were seriously damaged.

“Those suites will need significant work before people will be able to move back in,” Gormick said. “As for the rest of the building, it will probably be a couple of days before residents can return.

“The power was turned off and we had to punch a few holes in the roof to gain access to some of the hot spots. They’ll have to patch those holes before anyone can safely access the apartment.”

Displaced residents can apply to receive free lodging for up to 72 hours from Emergency Social Services.

Gormick said he couldn’t comment on the status of the injured firefighter, whose name wasn’t released.

Vancouver firefighter injured battling downtown apartment blaze

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 07:28

A Douglas firefighter is recovering in a Tucson hospital after being injured while on a call Friday.

According to Lt. Matt King of the Douglas Fire Department, at 3:42 p.m. Oct. 5 the DFD received a call for an odor of natural gas at a residence in the area of 11th Street and Delores Ave.

Upon arrival crews began investigating the house. While investigating Lt. Joe Alvarez stepped into a hole in the floor and sustained an injury to his left leg.

Fellow fire fighters on scene were able to help Lt. Alvarez out of the hole. He was removed from the building and a Douglas Fire EMS crew began treatment of the isolated leg injury.

Lt. Alvarez was then flown to University Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.

“Doctors are still determining the extent of his injuries, but Lt. Alvarez is in good spirits,” Lt. King said.

On scene crews secured the gas utilities to the residence and called in Southwest Gas. Monitoring of the area revealed no gas in the residence prior to fire crews clearing the scene at 5 p.m.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 07:25

A volunteer with the North Callaway Fire Protection District was seriously injured while responding to a call Friday.

Tim Hays received a severe head injury, an NCFPD spokesperson said. The details of the incident weren’t immediately available. An update posted by the NCFPD stated Hays was hospitalized at University Hospital. A scan performed on the injury Saturday morning indicated the injury “did not significantly get worse,” the update stated.

“He is still in serious condition and continued prayers are greatly appreciated,” the spokesperson added. “There has been a huge outpouring of support and too many people to thank but we appreciate everything deeply.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 19:59

We regret to pass on to you that El Dorado Springs (between KC & Springfield) Firefighter Russ Hayes, 62, has died after a wreck in a firetruck. The El Dorado Springs Firefighter lost control of the vehicle in Stockton, and was life-flighted to Springfield.
Firefighter Hayes, 62, was on his way to have a pump inspected for annual certification on one of their trucks.
The truck veered to the right side of the road, then over corrected as he tried to get back, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturn. Hayes was life-flighted to a Springfield hospital after the crash where he succumbed to his injuries.

You can expect additional information as well as memorial details HERE:

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:12

We regret to pass on that 6 fire and rescue department divers in Malaysia died in the Line of Duty. This occurred during a rescue operation for a teenager who is feared to have drowned after falling into a mining pond on Wednesday (Oct 3).


The divers were caught in a strong “whirlpool” during the operation in Puchong, a town on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.


It was drizzling when the divers went into the pond at 2115 hours to rescue the 17-year-old boy. The team had followed standard operating procedures in donning complete diving equipment and were tied to a single rope.

Suddenly a violent current/whirlpool occurred in the water, causing all the fire rescue divers to spin in the water while all their equipment came off.

The divers struggled in the water for about 30 minutes while other fire rescue members tried to rescue them. All of them were unconscious when they were eventually pulled out of the water. All life saving measures were attempted, but unsuccessful.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:50

A fire of unknown cause destroyed an outer building containing family mementos. The fire spread through a fence and into the neighbors outer building. While firefighters were fighting the fire, that building collapsed barely missing several firefighters. A “PAR” (Personnel Accountability Report) was done and firefighters searched under the building for anyone who may have been inside. Both buildings were destroyed and MAST has been requested for an investigation into the cause of the fire.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:49

A frightening scene erupted in an area of Kenner and it was all caught on camera.

John Panzavecchia sent WDSU video of a vehicle fire that was reported on West Loyola Drive. The video starts out with the SUV slowly being engulfed in flames from the passenger side.

At one point, firefighters who were trying to extinguish the fire approached the SUV and then the flames suddenly engulfed them as well.

Fortunately, Kenner fire officials said none of the firefighters were hurt.

Officials believe the SUV’s gas tank ruptured, sparking the blaze.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:44
Read more at Waltontribune

The Walton County Fire Rescue E-19 emergency truck was involved, Battalion Chief Craig League said. It happened early Monday afternoon at U.S. 78 and Mount Vernon Road.

The fire truck was trying to reach a medical call on Mount Vernon Road.

League said four people in the car reported minor injuries but refused to go to the hospital.

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Arrival video from Phoenix house fire

Statter 911 - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 07:33

Fire Monday on Vogel Street

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 07:19

Two people were killed Monday in a fire on Detroit’s east side, according to officials.

Firefighters said there was no way for the victims to get out of the house when the fire started. The stairs were badly burned, and the bodies were found on the second floor.

Officials said the fire started around 7:30 a.m. Monday at the home on Cody Street near Joseph Campau Avenue at the Detroit-Hamtramck border.

A firefighter was also injured after the fire. Officials said he fell through the floor and injured his elbow. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Firefighters used a ladder to enter the home through a second-story window because of the damage to the stairs.

Detroit police are investigating the fire.

Neighbors said they tried to get to the people inside.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 19:38

Clay Firefighters responded to a residential fire on Greenacre Street Saturday morning.

At approximately 7:50 a.m., fire crews from Clay Township were dispatched to 19500 Greenacre Street for a reported explosion with a structure on fire.

Witnesses reported hearing the blast from approximately a mile away.

Arriving firefighters worked quickly to put out the multi-story structure fire and contained the blaze within 15 minutes, officials say.

Clay Fire reports three firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries in the fire fight.

The building suffered damage from the explosion but the fire was contained to the original structure, according to officials.

The cause of the fire and explosion are under investigation.

Corporal Boling with the St. Joseph County Police Department was the first emergency responder on scene.

The corporal entered the fiery structure where he located the occupant of the home who was trapped beneath debris resulting from the explosion.

Boling created a makeshift lever in order to free the trapped victim where both men made it out safely, officials say.

Boling and the 63-year-old victim suffered burn injuries and smoke inhalation. They were transported to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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