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One Dead In Banner Plane Crash In Fort Lauderdale

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:21

By Carey Codd

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – One person is dead after a small plane crashes into a building in Fort Lauderdale Friday.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan says the bright yellow plane was a banner plane. 

“The banner plane made contact with a high-rise building between the 16th and 17th floor,” said Chief Gollan on CBS4 News at Noon.  He said the building was under construction and the plane fell to the pool deck.

The pilot did not survive. There were no other injuries.

The building, called The Berkeley South, is located at 3015 North Ocean Boulevard.

The building’s balconies and pool deck have been under construction for more than a year but the 18-story building is occupied.

Residents say they heard the crash around 11:55 a.m. then a loud boom, which is when the plane hit the 17thfloor and fell to the pool deck.

The fire alarm went off and about a hundred people were evacuated.

A1A was shut down both northbound and southbound just south of Oakland Park Boulevard.

Witnesses said they could tell the plane was in trouble.

“We noticed that the plane was low and shaking a little bit and seconds later, we hear the crash,” said Tony Bonilla.

Witnesses said the plane was pulling a banner along the beach shortly before noon Friday. One witness said it appeared the banner got stuck at some point. Ken Criswell said it was clear the pilot was in trouble even though the engine was running.

“It was running but he just had no power,” Criswell said. “He couldn’t climb. I saw him when he was crossing A1A. And I could still the see banner in the air and then that quick, I knew this guy was going down.”

First responders from Fort Lauderdale arrived quickly. They said the plane hit the building around the 16th floor.

A person was in the condo near the crash but was unhurt.

Then the plane fell to the 2nd-floor pool deck where workers ran for safety. Investigators say there were more than 100 people in the building. Some told us they felt the building shake. Investigators said they need to make sure the building is safe.

“We have the building evacuated and evaluated for structural integrity,” said Stephen Gollan, Battalion Chief for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

We looked up the tail number on the Piper PA-25 airplane. It comes back to a company called Aerial Banners in Pembroke Pines.

The FAA says the plane took off from North Perry airport in Pembroke Pines.

CBS 4 News contacted the owner of Aerial Banners, Bob Benyo, and he told CBS 4 News that they’re struggling to figure out why this plane crashed. He said the pilot should not have been this low when he was turning west.

All in all, however, investigators say they’re grateful there weren’t more fatalities with the number of people on the pool deck.

“It’s a recipe for disaster when you have 20 individuals there that are just doing their job working,” Gollan said. “There’s no telling what could have happened.”

Investigators with the NTSB will be back Saturday morning to figure out how to remove the plane from the pool deck.

One Dead In Banner Plane Crash In Fort Lauderdale

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2 Southwest Planes Clip Wings At Newark Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:19

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSDFW.COM) – A Southwest Airlines that was taxiing at Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday clipped wings with a parked aircraft, the company said.

The Dallas-based company said the incident happened at around 7 a.m., and there were no injuries reported.

According to Southwest, an aircraft bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida was taxiing when its left wing “grazed” a parked plane that was getting ready to travel to Nashville.

Twitter user Bryan Rogers tweeted from the taxiing plane, saying “Well looks like my Florida vacation will actually be at Newark Airport because my Southwest plane just got hit by another plane on the tarmac.”

The company said the planes will be out of service for inspections.

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Small Plane Crashes Into Water Near Merritt Island Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:17

By Spectrum News Staff Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard County Fire Rescue is investigating a small plane crash at Merritt Island Airport.

According to an airport spokesperson, the plane took off from the airport and went down into Sykes Creek about 50 yards off the runway around 9:08 a.m.

According to Brevard Fire Rescue, at least one person was brought to shore by boat.  That person was flown as a trauma alert to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

No word yet on how many people were on board the plane when it went down, or what led to the crash.

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Scottsdale Airport reopens after plane makes emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:16

Alia Beard Rau, Arizona Republic

A plane reporting gear problems Saturday afternoon made an emergency landing on its belly, sliding off the runway.

According to airport officials, there was one person on board the Cessna 172. The individual is not reporting any serious injuries.

Officials closed the airport for about an hour due to the landing. It was reopened at about 2:15 p.m.

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Flight data recorder from Trinity Bay crash site found

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:13

By Nicole Hensley

A mud-caked flight data recorder was recovered Sunday from the site of a cargo jet wreckage in Trinity Bay. 

The black box was one of two devices that National Transportation Safety Board investigators hope will shed light on what caused the Boeing 767 aircraft to crash in Anahuac during a Feb. 23 flight from Miami to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental. Investigators will analyze the data — the plane’s functions, altitude and other measures — in Washington D.C., officials said.

The plane fell 11,750 feet in about 30 seconds and plunged nose-first into the shallow waters about 30 miles from its destination, where it was slated to deliver an Amazon and U.S. Postal Service payload. A cockpit recording device was recovered from the crash site Friday, according to the NTSB officials.

A layer of mud at the crash site made it difficult for divers to hear the ultrasonic pings emitted by the devices.

Authorities have identified the remains of Capt. Ricky Blakely, Capt. Sean Archuleta, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska, who were aboard the Atlas jet carrying cargo for Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service.

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Worker Killed When Tire Explodes in John Wayne Airport Workshop

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 06:11

The force of the explosion triggered a fire alarm and sprinklers inside the workshop and prompted a response from an Orange County Fire Authority crew and paramedics stationed at the airport.

By City News Service

One person was killed when a large tire being worked on exploded at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, officials said Wednesday.

The man was an employee of John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT AeroTech) and was fatally injured when a jet way tire exploded and struck the man in the neck, according to the Department of Industrial Relations Public Infoamtion Officer.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident in an attempt to determine the cause.

Two airport contractors were working on the four-foot tall jet bridge tire about 11:30 p.m. in a workshop near Gate Three when the tire exploded and caused traumatic injuries to one of the workers, said airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson. A jet bridge is an enclosed, movable connector which extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, allowing passengers to board and exit the aircraft without being exposed to the elements.

The force of the explosion triggered a fire alarm and sprinklers inside the workshop and prompted a response from an Orange County Fire Authority crew and paramedics stationed at the airport, she said.

The second employee in the workshop refused medical attention, Thompson said.

No airport operations were affected, she said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was conducting an investigation into the incident and CalOSHA investigators were expected to arrive at the airport later Wednesday to conduct its investigation, Thompson said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 03:52

3/4/1908 the Collinwood School (near Cleveland, Ohio) fire (also known as the Lake View School Fire) occurred on Ash Wednesday and killed 172 students, two teachers and a rescuer. The fire started in the four-story school house built of ordinary construction when a steam pipe overheated a floor joist. The open stairway allowed the fire to rapidly extend, oiled wooden floors contributed to the fire spread. Panic led to the crush of a large number of students in stairwell vestibules. Doors to the building were equipped with common door knob latches, not panic hardware; a misconception is that the doors opened inward, this is not true. “Some crucial circumstances of the tragedy were almost instantly knowable. The masonry exterior of the building acted as a chimney, sucking flames upward as the wooden interior burned; the school had only two exits and fire quickly blocked one of them. … Collinwood’s horse-drawn fire equipment and volunteer fire department were woefully ill-equipped to fight the roaring blaze. It took less than one hour for the three-floor school to burn to the point of collapsing into the basement, killing all those inside.”

3/4/1949 a fire in the Woolworth Building left seven firefighter dead in Charleston, WV. The fire started in the department store’s basement. One team of firefighters went to the first floor with hoses, while another squad was making their way down a back staircase. “The first floor gave way, sending firefighters crashing down into the burning debris of the basement. Witnesses say men were buried up to their armpits in fiery merchandise, stock, and building debris. Two firefighters managed to escape out of the basement. By noon, the fire was finally under control, and exhausted firefighters were said to have wept as the bodies of fallen comrades were removed from the rubble. In addition to the damage suffered by Woolworth’s, the roof of the adjoining Kresge store burned and partially collapsed. The Fleetwood Hotel, located next to the Kresge, and the Charleston National Bank Building, suffered water and smoke damage. Total damages were estimated at close to $1 million.”

3/4/1901 a Gas City, IN firefighter was injured “while fighting a fire in a commercial building on March 2, 1901, when a brick wall collapsed. He died two days later on March 4, 1901.”

3/4/1917 five Detroit, MI firefighters lost their lives and three others were seriously injured at a fire in the Field’s Suite and Cloak Company when the floors of the five-story building collapsed. “The building was located in the at center of the downtown business district at 187 Woodward Avenue. The fire was reported around 2:00 a.m. About a half an hour into fighting the fire the 3 lower floors of the 5-story building collapsed without warning. They carried twenty firefighters down in the wreckage. Two firefighters were also thrown from a ladder to the sidewalk from the 3rd-story. The fire also consumed the top floor of the R. H. Fyfe Shoe Company building to the south. Monetary loss from fire and water damage was estimated at $500,000.” “A few weeks after the fire a coroner’s inquest was convened. Architect Adolph Eisen testified that the joists of the third and fourth floors were made of soft pine and were not strong enough to hold the floors. The Secretary/Treasurer of the Fields Company also testified that the third floor of the building had sagged about an inch, but no one paid attention to it. He also testified that the building inspector had never inspected the building.”

3/4/1942 a Hartford, CT firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while operating at Box 715.”

3/4/1977 a Fitchburg, MA “firefighter was killed, and several others were injured, when a backdraft blew out the entire front wall of an occupied four-story frame tenement. He was killed when a 14-inch double steel I- Beam struck him. Another firefighter was permanently disabled.”

3/4/1977 a Baltimore, MD firefighter was killed while operating “a hoseline in the garage door opening of a fiberglass factory, a section of the front cinder block wall collapsed, crushing him to death.”

3/4/1977 a Little Rock, AR firefighter “suffered a fatal heart attack in the hospital as a result of complications that set in from the scalding burns he sustained while operating at a four alarm furniture store fire on February 26th.”

3/4/1985 a Belmont, MA firefighter died at a one-alarm fire in a house at 73 Scott Road. When they arrived, they found a fire in the basement. Firefighters entered under heavy smoke and began tearing open the walls to stop the spread of the flames. While fighting back the fire, he collapsed.

3/4/2000 a Frase, MI firefighter died of smoke inhalation while attempting to rescue an elderly woman from an apartment building fire set by an arsonist.

3/4/2008 a Town of Val des Monts, Quebec, Canada firefighter while operating at a “house fire in Varennes. The fire began on the 2nd floor, the firefighter was on the first floor when the debris fell. It took almost 45 min to get his body free.”

3/4/2012 a Colby, Wisconsin firefighter was killed, and four other firefighters were also injured by the roof collapsing at the Abby Theatre in Abbotsford, WI.

3/4/1909 a defective flue pipe in a school results in a fire that guts the west wing in Allentown, PA.

3/4/1991 an accidental fire the Crystal Springs Estate, a board and care facility, in Colorado Springs, Colorado killed nine, injured eight of the twenty-five and elderly residents, and injured five fire fighters in the single-story masonry and wood structure, with two separate partial basements. The building was divided into three fire compartments by noncombustible walls with fire doors in the corridor. A fire alarm system with heat detectors in all rooms, closets, and attic spaces; manual pull stations and smoke detectors were located next to the fire doors. The fire started in the attic from an electric motor in the east wing. Approximately 12:35 a.m. the ceiling collapsed in a residents’ lounge, smoke entering the occupied space activating the smoke detection system. The fire breached a wall between the wing of origin and a dining room and spreading across the combustible ceiling. Firefighters found the dining room heavily involved with fire and smoke in corridors of both wings. The fire destroyed two of the three wings in the building.

3/4/2012 one person was killed, and six others injured in a fire at a meth lab housed inside a nursing home in Ashtabula, Ohio at the Park Haven Nursing Home.

3/4/2007 a suspicious fire that started around 2:30 a.m. in a small trailer on lot 18 of Cleve’s Trailer Park, 713 Second Ave Immokalee, FL killed five of the ten residents.

3/4/2001 a massive car bomb explosion in front of the BBC Television Centre in London seriously injured eleven; attributed to the Real IRA.

3/4/1965 Natchitoches, LA a natural gas pipeline explosion in a residential area killed seventeen, including nine children.

3/4/1942 Burlington, Iowa Arms (Iowa Ordnance) Plant explosion killed sixteen and injured forty-two shortly before midnight that demolished a three-story brick and steel building.

3/4/1916 a 300-foot barge filled with 15,000 gallons of gasoline caught fire while moored to the Standard Oil Company pier in New York City, NY on West 48th Street. The FDNY Battalion Chief ordered the fireboat James Duane and Willard to tow the burning barge out into the river hoping to avoid a major explosion. As they reached 70th Street the stored gasoline the barrels began to explode. The fireboats were ordered to drop their lines. The barge drifted south and ran aground near Weehawken with flames leaping over 100 feet into the air.

3/4/1911 Center, TX the Mistrot Brothers store fire killed six shortly after midnight. The victims were carrying goods out of the burning store when the roof collapsed.

3/4/1904 Danville, VA the Holland Building on Main Street was destroyed by fire that damages four adjacent buildings.

3/4/1904 a building of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA was destroyed by fire.

3/4/1897 Boston, MA six were killed and scores more injured, ten severely hurt, in an illuminating (natural) gas explosion in the subway at the intersection of Tremont and Boylston Streets.

3/4/1881 the Almy Mine explosion near Evanston, WY killed thirty-seven at 8:45 p.m.

3/4/1944 five crewmen were killed in a collision of two Chesapeake & Ohio Railway freight trains near Manassas, VA.

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Early video from Maine fire where Capt. Joel Barnes died

Statter 911 - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 15:41

Fire Friday in Berwick apartment building

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 12:41

By Victoria Wyss, WANE:

Firefighters were called to the 900 block of Woodland Plaza Run around 4:55 a.m. after a fire alarm signaled city dispatchers.

Crews arrived to find smoke and a small fire in a counter area of 918 Woodland Plaza Suite B which was unoccupied and under construction. The name of the business listed in a Fort Wayne Fire Department news release was Nailed DIY. The fire had spread to the attic. The business is located between the Sugar Love Boutique and Studio Tan.

Firefighters cut a hole in the top of the building with an axe, and got the fire under control about an hour after arriving.

One firefighter was hurt, however there were no specifics as to the severity of the injuries.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 11:13

A man with a sword was shot and killed by police in Mount Holly on Saturday after he set a home on fire, jumped from the second story and tried to run away, multiple media outlets reported.

The man was shot after police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Dutchman Meadows Drive at 6:45 a.m., Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper said at a news conference at the scene.

The man had set an upstairs bedroom ablaze, Roper said.

“A short time later, there was contact between a male subject and officers, during which the subject was shot and died at the scene,” Roper said.

Police had not released the man’s name by 7 p.m. Saturday or the name of the officer who shot him.

The man was shot after leaving the home with the sword, Charlotte Observer news partner WBTV reported, citing a Mount Holly first responder.

First responder at Mt. Holly fire tells me the OIS shooting started with a domestic disturbance call. Man then set second story bedroom on fire, jumped out the window with a sword, and started running from home.
Police shot him. He died.@WBTV_News

— Anne Marie Hagerty WBTV (@AnneMarieWBTV) March 2, 2019

The man who was shot did not live at the home but was a relative of the couple who reside there, the Gaston Gazette reported, citing neighbors.

Roper said the Mount Holly Fire Department extinguished the fire. Gaston County Police assisted his department at the scene, Roper said. The NC State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the circumstances of the shooting, he said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 08:17

One day after he was killed in the line of duty, a Maine fire captain was remembered Saturday as a hero.

Berwick fire Capt. Joel Barnes, 32, died battling a four-alarm fire Friday.

“In my mind, he’s a hero,” Berwick fire Chief Dennis Plante said Saturday as he fought back tears.

Barnes’ father says another firefighter told him that his son saved that firefighter’s life by shielding him from the flames.

“I know Joel has had several times when he has saved people’s lives,” said Berwick Town Manager Stephen Eldridge.

Barnes’ body was escorted by first responders from across the region from the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office in Concord to a Dover funeral home. Police officers and firefighters also lined the route to show their respect.

Firefighters will be by his side at the funeral home in Dover as part of a 24-hour vigil until the funeral, which is still being planned.

A fund has also been established in Barnes’ memory. Donations will go to the Berwick Volunteer Firefighters Association. They can be sent to Kennebunk Savings Bank, 2 School St., Berwick, ME 03901.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 08:12

No bigger than an ordinary watch battery, adding this little sensor to firefighter’s gear could help save lives.

Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario announced on Friday they had created a fireproof, self-powered sensor that could be used to track people working in high-risk environments, such as firefighters, steelworkers, and miners. The research team – from McMaster, UCLA, and University of Chemistry and Technology Prague – published their work in the journal Nano Energy.

Cool Gadget

The self-powered sensor is embedded in the sole of a boot or under the arm of a jacket, areas where frequent motion can be registered by the device. The friction of motion generated in these areas charges the sensor, similar to the static charge you sometimes generate by sliding your socks on the carpet. If motion stops, the device alerts someone outside the hazardous area so help can be sent.

“If somebody is unconscious and you are unable to find them, this could be very useful,” said Ravi Selvaganapathy, a professor of mechanical engineering who oversaw the project. “The nice thing is that because it is self-powered, you don’t have to do anything. It scavenges power from the environment.”

High heat environments have posed a challenge to similar sensors. The new sensor is self-charging, since most batteries breakdown in hot environments, and thanks to its key material, a new carbon aerogel nanocomposite, it successfully withstood temperatures up to 300° Celsius (572° Fahrenheit), around the temperature most wood starts to burn.

Stayin’ Alive

The research team is hoping to connect with a commercial pattern to help make the device more accessible to a larger market. Such a device could make a world of difference to those working in hostile environments and particularly to local fire departments.

“It’s exciting to develop something that could save someone’s life in the future,” said co-author Islam Hassan, a McMaster PhD student in mechanical engineering. “If firefighters use our technology and we can save someone’s life, that would be great.”

READ MORE: Tracking firefighters in burning buildings

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 08:09

A firefighter was hospitalized after a fire at the Canon-McMillan High School football field on Friday night.

The fire was reported around 10 p.m., according to Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Timothy Solobay.

Solobay also said a firefighter was transported from the scene to the hospital due to an unrelated heart issue.

According to Solobay, the fire was caused by a heater in the women’s bathroom and burned part of the roof. The damage was described as minor.

There was no damage to the field.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 03:25

3/3/1883 an Albany, New York firefighter was killed while operating at a general alarm grain elevator fire.

3/3/1884 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained February 20th, when he was caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a fire in the Lathbury flour warehouse.”

3/3/1907 a Newark, NJ firefighter died while “he was fighting a café fire in the basement of 156 Market Street when he was overcome by smoke. He collapsed into a pool of water on the floor and died from drowning.”

3/3/1920 two Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighters “died as a result of severe burns they sustained in a gas explosion on February 26th.”

3/3/1934 two London, Ontario, Canada firefighters died while fighting a fire at the Hunt’s Co’s Flour Mill on Nightinggale Ave in the city’s east end. “On the night of March 3, at 5:20 p.m., the crew from Station 2 on Dundas Street responded to a fire in the Mill. Upon arrival, they found smoke coming from the upper floor of the six-story mill building. The Chief had the men stretch a line to the top floor and help with search and rescue, as several mill employees were still in the building. The Chief of Department arrived on scene and sounded a 2nd Alarm. The smoke started to get thicker and it was hard to find the seat of the fire. Two members were operating inside, when a dust explosion occurred, and the fire quickly grew. With zero visibility and high heat, the crews split up and were forced to seek windows, while two firefighters found the hose and followed it to the stairwell. Part of the group was rescued off the 6th floor by an aerial ladder, at full extension. Another group was not able to be reached by aerials, and two firefighters, actually found a window and jumped the 75 feet to a life net, surviving with injuries to them and the members holding the life net. Two firefighters were both last seen trying to make their way to a window, but were overcome by smoke and died. The Fire grew rapidly, and a defensive attack was set up. Recovery operations could not begin until the next morning and the bodies were recovered under the debris.”

3/3/1947 a London, Ontario, Canada firefighter died while fighting a fire at 9:58 p.m. in the area of the Grand Dairy Lunch on Richmond Street in Downtown London. “Upon arrival, he found a serious fire in the London Venetian Blind Manufacturing Company just north of the Grand Theatre. He ordered a fast attack from Pumper 1 and as he assisted in stretching the hose, he collapsed.

3/3/1970 a Boston, MA firefighter “died of injuries he received during a very stubborn cellar fire in a carpet store at 2235 Washington Street, Roxbury, a three-alarm fire, Box 2124, (Washington & Palmer Streets). The smoke was very thick, and he had just come out of the basement to change his air tank for the third time when he collapsed.”

3/3/1970 a Thurston-Walterville, OR firefighter died “while fighting fire, manning a 2-½ inch hose, during a fully involved single family structure fire, when he suddenly collapsed.

3/3/1982 a Bridgeport, CT firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after being caught in a roof collapse.

3/3/1985 a Freeport, NY firefighter “died while operating at Box 232.”

3/3/2013 a fire killed nine children at Senegalese Koranic School while forty children were sleeping in a crowded room at a Koranic school in the Senegalese capital Dakar

3/3/2012 Warren, OH a man, a woman, and two children died in a house fire; there were no working smoke alarms in the home

3/3/1992 a gas explosion in coal mine at Zonguldak, Turkey killed 263.

3/3/1962 an explosion killed thirty-one as they filled gasoline cans from leaking truck in Syria.

3/3/1960 Palmyra, MO a gas explosion wrecked a two-story brick building leaving one dead and two injured during a snow storm.

3/3/1916 Hastings-On-Hudson, New York a gas pipe fire on the first floor quickly spread through the walls of a large frame tenement on Depot Square occupied by 50 families. Many families, disinclined to put their money in banks, hid their cash in their rooms. A large sofa, pushed out a first-floor window, was quickly surrounded by over a dozen men who tore it apart and recovered rolls of bills.

3/3/1911 Albany, WI “a fire totally destroyed two buildings, put the electric light plant out of business and damaged several other stores” in the small town.

3/3/1908 the three-story frame school house in Rock Hill, TX was destroyed by a fire

3/3/1898 the Every One’s Home Hotel, the adjoining saloon, and dance hall in Dyea, AK was destroyed by fire that killed five where more than twenty persons were sleeping.

3/3/1896 Bristol, PA the Providence Hosiery Mills, on Buckley Street was totally destroyed by fire shortly before 1:00 a.m.

3/3/1896 Danbury, CT 15 buildings were destroyed by fire caused by the explosion of an alcohol tank in a hat shop

3/3/1890 Wilkes-Barre, PA a coal mine gas explosion and fire killed seven.

3/3/1905 U.S. Forest Service was formed

3/3/1791 the first internal revenue act taxed distilled spirits and carriages was enacted.

3/3/1931 U.S. President Herbert Hoover signed legislation that officially designated ¨The Star-Spangled Banner¨ as America’s National Anthem. For more than a century, the song had grown in popularity among Americans and by the third decade of the 20th century had already become the nation’s de facto anthem

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News report: Maine captain died protecting another firefighter

Statter 911 - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 14:05

Berwick FD's Capt. Joel Barnes & firefighter were trapped in a third-floor bedroom

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 12:27

A 46-year-old fireman died on Friday while attempting to put out a large blaze at a chemicals factory in Thessaloniki’s industrial Sindos area.

The 46-year-old father of two, who was identified as the president of the Macedonia firefighting union Dimitris Tsalis, appears to have died after inhaling toxic fumes, while a 45-year-old colleague who was also involved in the firefighting effort was transferred to a military hospital in the northern city with breathing problems.

The fire broke out in brush near the industrial site before spreading to the factory, and its cause remained unclear late on Friday.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 12:24

One person was taken to the hospital after a crash involving a car and a Savannah Fire truck Thursday night.

It happened around 9:25 p.m. Savannah Police say the truck was responding with lights and sirens to a vehicle fire at 36th and Burroughs streets. The truck was traveling west on 37th street when the driver attempted to turn right onto Burroughs Street. That’s when a female driving a Toyota Venza, came up on the right side of the fire truck and struck the passenger front portion of the truck.

The woman transported to the hospital and is in stable condition. None of the personnel in the fire truck were injured.

Savannah Police’s TIU continues to investigate.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 12:22

Firefighters are out Saturday morning working to put out a huge fire in southwest Houston.

The Houston Fire Department responded to the fire at the Life Storage Facility on Westheimer near south Dairy Ashford at 3:06 a.m.

No one was inside the facility, but a firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 12:20
Potosi Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire on Springtown Road at 10:17 a.m. Thursday.

According to Lt. Robert Lang Jr. the initial dispatch advised that people were trapped and there were flames through the front door.

A Washington County deputy was first on the scene and saw someone pulling a man from the back porch of the home.

Lang Jr. said that he and Assistant Chief Robert Lang Sr. arrived on the scene and quickly started getting fire hoses in place to begin attacking the fire. The assistant chief quickly called for a second alarm for more manpower and equipment.

“This is where we ran into a snag,” said Lang Jr. “Some of the other departments we were calling were already assisting with a second alarm residential fire in Park Hills.”

He said smoke inside the home was so heavy he could barely see six inches in front of him. A portion of the roof collapsed, landing on Lang Jr. He was transported to Washington County Memorial Hospital by ambulance. He was released after having X-rays and a CT scan.

“I’m really sore from the incident, but thankfully the injuries weren’t serious,” said Lang Jr.

A woman who had been in the home suffered minor burns and was also treated at Washington County Memorial Hospital.

Departments that assisted with the blaze included Potosi Fire Protection District, De Soto Rural, De Soto City, Leadwood, Irondale, Caledonia, Belgrade and Steelville.

Lang Jr. said the house was a total loss. He thanked everyone for their assistance in fighting the fire, especially in the nasty winter weather conditions.

With weather conditions the way they were at the time of the fire it makes response times longer, and the use water to put out the flames just makes things more difficult when handling calls in below-freezing temperatures.

“When we go into a house we have on about 80 to 100 pounds of equipment, and by the time we come out we are usually frozen stiff and it feels like we have on an extra 300 pounds,” said Lang Jr.

The state fire marshal’s office was called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 04:08

3/2/1884 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from injuries he sustained after falling from a roof at 29 S. Water Street.

3/2/1901 a Gas City, IN firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while fighting a fire in a commercial building when a wall collapsed. The collapse also claimed the life of a second firefighter, who later died on March 4, 1901 from his injuries.”

3/2/1903 a Chicago, IL firefighter from injuries he received on February 18, 1903 when he was fatally injured while fighting a fire at 642 S. Loomis Street. “He fell on his ax during firefighting operations. He died from his injury on March 2.”

3/2/1905 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died from of injuries sustained the previous day, when he was caught in a naphtha explosion while operating at a three-alarm fire in an oil plant.”

3/2/1919 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained while operating at a basement fire.”

3/2/1925 a Janesville, WI firefighter died at “a residential fire at 410 S. Locust St. While on the roof, he fell and landed on the frozen ground. The cause of death was a double skull fracture.”

3/2/1927 a Washington DC firefighter died while operating at a fire, he was killed when a chimney fell on him at 4th & Portland Street SE.

3/2/1979 a Chesterfield, Missouri firefighter died “from injuries received when he fell thru the family room floor, while battling a house fire at 14036 Augusta Drive in the Green Trails subdivision in Chesterfield. He was trapped by falling debris in the basement with enough oxygen in his air tank to last about 30 minutes.” Chesterfield firefighters tried repeatedly to rescue him but were hampered by heat, smoke and flames. The firefighter died of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

3/2/1980 a Spokane, WA firefighter died as one of 65 firefighters fighting a four-alarm fire at the Zukor Building. “The building was “fully involved” with fire when the first companies arrived. The fire fight had been over when the accident took place. Three firefighters were in the bucket of Ladder Tower 7 directing a water stream into the smoldering ruins when the front of the building collapsed, hitting them with falling debris. One firefighter was hit by a piece of the cornice and fatally injured.”

3/2/1994 a Pawcatuck, Connecticut firefighter died of “carbon monoxide poisoning after being separated from his crew while conducting search operations on the second-floor of a single-family house. He and three other firefighters were attempting to rescue a victim reported on the second floor when a flashover occurred, separating the crew members. Three firefighters escaped with injuries. He was found unconscious on the second floor and died later.”

3/2/1973 while under construction the center section of the 26-story Skyline Plaza collapsed at Seminary Road and Route 7, Bailey’s Crossroads, Fairfax County, VA The collapse killed fourteen and injured thirty-four workers when the shoring was prematurely removed from newly poured concrete floors.

3/2/1965 twenty-six residents were killed and thirty-seven injured when a natural gas explosion blasted a 40-unit, three-story apartment building in Montreal, QB.

3/2/1953 a nursing home fire in Largo, FL claimed thirty-three lives; only twenty-five of the fifty-seven patients escaped the fire that destroyed the 185-foot long white one-story wood frame Littlefield Nursing Home about 3:15 a.m.

3/2/1939 Halifax, NS the old wooden Queen Hotel, Nova Scotia Liquor Commission building and the Greek Orthodox Church, in the crowded downtown section, near the waterfront, were destroyed by a fire that “left scores of persons dead or injured” around 6:45 a.m. “Authorities said that 21 persons were believed dead, 25 injured and 45 missing. At least 26 were rescued.” There were “117 persons in the hotel, one of the oldest and finest in Halifax, 87 were guests and 30 were employees.” The fire also damaged the General Electric Company building.

3/2/1930 Alton, NH the Bayview Pavilion, a 100 by 75 foot, seven years old dance hall that overlooked Alton Bay, was destroyed by a fire in the Lake Winnipesaukee region at 9:30 p.m.

3/2/1916 Providence (RI) Journal was damaged by a suspicious fire followed by an explosion in the managing editor’s office.

3/2/1908 Laredo, TX a theater fire extended to a jewelry store and sewing machine factory, all 3 buildings are ruined shortly before 10:00 p.m.

3/2/1904 New York, NY the 13-story Darlington Hotel collapse killed five, injured several and ten were missing during construction at 57 West Forty-sixth Street. “The steel frame work had been erected as far as the eleventh floor and the structure was swarming with iron workers, masons and laborers, when the upper floor sagged and collapsed, and the whole structure fell with a crash that was heard for blocks and shook all the buildings in the vicinity.”

3/2/1892 Bayonne, NJ the 3-story wood St. Charles Hotel on West Eighth Street was destroyed by fire at 2:20 a.m. that was discovered in the basement; the fire “caused a panic among two dozen guests and the servants.”

3/2/1944 a passenger train stopped in a tunnel outside of Salerno, Italy, more than fifty people on board were asphyxiated by the carbon monoxide.

3/2/1970 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) [a halon] fire extinguishers.

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