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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:30

A family became displaced Sunday morning after a fire blazed through the roof of their Scottsville home late last night.

When crews arrived, four people inside the home had safely made their way outside and were left uninjured.

The blaze caused the roof to collapse. Albemarle County Fire Rescue says improperly discarded smoking materials are to blame for the blaze at 6373 Jefferson Mill Road.

“There was a small amount of fire starting to come through the roof on the charlie side of the structure all occupants were out, we talked to them before we made entry into the house,” said Timmy Cersley, Scottsville’s volunteer fire assistant chief.

The Albemarle County Fire Marshall estimates the damage to be over $95,000.

Two firefighters were sent to the hospital last night after suppressing the fire, but have since been discharged.

The displaced family is being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Harvey lays off 40 police and fire employees, union officials say

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:14

Harvey police and fire department employees were hit with major layoffs Tuesday, one day after an adverse court ruling spurred city officials to convene an emergency meeting with workers.

Officials did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday but the lawyer who represents both Harvey’s police and fire unions said 18 rank-and-file firefighters and 13 patrolmen are believed to have been let go. Another nine police department employees who are not sworn officers — including five booking officers and traffic and records clerks — also had their positions cut, said Dominique Randle-El, the president of AFSCME Council 31 Local 2404.

Overall, the 40 cuts represent about a quarter of the city’s police union members, 40 percent of its firefighters union and 55 percent of its non-sworn police personnel, union officials said.

Jerry Marzullo, who represents the Metropolitan Alliance of Police Chapter 234 and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 471, called the cuts “shameful,” and criticized them for apparently not touching management or civilian employees who are related to Mayor Eric Kellogg.

“I believe that this action speaks for itself in how (city officials) feel about the citizens of Harvey and their safety and protection,” he said.

Alderman Christopher Clark, a strident critic of the mayor and his administration, also bemoaned the choice of employees apparently let go.

“Police and fire are essential services and they should be the last to be laid off, if layoffs have to take place,” he said. “But it looks like (Kellogg) is getting rid of essential services first, and he’s keeping all the fluff.”

Harvey’s layoffs come a day after Circuit Court Judge Raymond W. Mitchell denied the city’s emergency motion requesting that he order Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza to stop withholding revenues the city receives from the state.

Since February, the comptroller’s office has withheld a combined $1,484,000 in city sales, income, local use, transportation, motor fuel, replacement and excise tax revenues at the request of the Harvey Police Pension Fund, spokesman Abdon Pallasch said.

The pension fund, which won a multi-million dollar judgment against the city in 2015, claims Harvey remains more than $7 million delinquent in its payments.

Clark said he wasn’t surprised that the comptroller had begun garnishing city revenues. He’s been expecting a reckoning like this for some time.

“You can rob Peter to pay Paul, but you can only do that for so long,” he said.

Clark said police pension fund representatives had been trying to work with the city to resolve longstanding underfunding issues for years but had not been successful.

“The pension fund has tried to work with the city over and over and over again, just like other vendors have,” he said. “But the bottom line is, this city is just a bad paymaster…They make promises and they don’t pay. As a result, the pension board had to take another route.”

The Illinois Administrative Code directs the comptroller to seize revenues before they flow to a municipality when a claimant – in this case, the Harvey Police Pension Fund — certifies that the municipality is delinquent in making required pension fund payments.

While the law has been on the books for a couple years, it had not been utilized until now because the comptroller’s office lacked the necessary systems in place to enforce it, Pallasch said.

Now that those processes are in place, the comptroller has begun withholding Harvey’s tax revenues at the request of its police pension fund, which in late January certified more than $7 million in delinquent payments from April 2007 to April 2014, he said.

The fund established its claim by citing a September 2015 judgment against the city for $7,334,181.88 that included $7,027,648 in unpaid pension contributions. An appellate court affirmed the judgment in April 2017, according to the fund’s filing.

“Once it’s certified, the law requires us to redirect the payments to the pension fund — the Comptroller’s Office has no choice,” Pallasch said.

Harvey’s lawyers have argued, both in court and in protest letters to the comptroller, that the city has complied with the pension code and appropriately funded its police pensions.

They wrote in a complaint filed Thursday that if the withheld funds were not released, the city would face, “catastrophic issues regarding safety, security, and maintenance of adequate services to the City’s senior population, four school districts, Ingalls/University of Chicago Hospital and over 120 businesses.”

According to the city’s filing, Harvey is running a government operational deficit of nearly $6 million and has less than $200,000 in its general fund to pay for essential government services. This Friday’s payroll alone amounts to approximately $400,000, with another $300,000 due on employees’ health insurance, the complaint states.

After Mitchell denied Harvey’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order Monday, the city summoned first responders to the police station and told them to prepare for layoffs because of the comptroller’s actions, officers said.

“I think it’s shameful that the city of Harvey — that has been plagued by the worst municipal mismanagement I’ve ever seen — is blaming their problems on this latest comptroller issue, where the issues that have led to these layoffs are going back years,” Marzullo said. “It’s disgusting what’s taking place.”

The comptroller’s office released a statement Monday asserting that the blame Harvey was assigning it was misplaced, and explaining that the garnishment of city revenues was a requirement under state statute.

“The Comptroller’s Office does not want to see any Harvey employees harmed or any Harvey residents put at risk, but the law does not give the Comptroller discretion in this case,” the statement reads. “The Comptroller’s Office is obligated to follow the law. This dispute is between the retired Harvey police officers’ pension fund and the city of Harvey.”

A lawyer for the Harvey Police Pension Fund declined comment on the dispute Tuesday.

While the Comptroller’s Office has until May 21 to evaluate arguments presented by the city and the pension fund before deciding how to distribute the revenues it’s been withholding, officials would prefer both sides reach some sort of agreement ahead of time.

“The best way forward is for Harvey to negotiate with the pension fund and agree on an amount our office can release for the town to make payroll,” Pallasch said. “We urge a constructive dialogue between both parties that will lead to a positive resolution.”

Court proceedings, which are continuing in parallel with the comptroller’s administrative review, also could impact how the dispute is ultimately resolved, he said.

“We want to give those (other court actions) time to complete,” Pallasch said. “But at some point, there’s an end for us to evaluate the arguments and rule on it.”

Even before this pension issue arose in February, the cash-strapped south suburb had battled “financial constraints” that caused it to miss payroll in January, according to emails obtained by the Southtown.

At the time, city spokesman Sean Howard blamed the issue on a technical glitch and denied the city was experiencing financial hardship.

“We’re good,” he said at the time. “The town isn’t broke, and we’re doing well.”

Payroll issues have continued, however, according to police sources, who said the city was still behind on overtime payments. Clark said the city also had ceased paying its liability, property, auto and dental insurance, the latter of which has forced workers and elected officials alike to foot their own dental bills in recent months.

In February, Harvey residents experienced a disruption in garbage collection after the city failed to pay its waste hauler, and last month officials shuttered the municipal jail after a Southtown report shed light on the facility’s decrepit conditions.

Officials said at the time that the jail’s temporary closure was part of a “citywide Capitol (sic) Improvement program,” not because the facility was in serious disrepair, as state Department of Corrections inspection records indicate.

Clark said Tuesday that he’d drafted a letter to the Cook County State’s Attorney and Illinois Attorney General asking that they conduct an investigation into the city’s finances. He is also hoping to convene a special meeting on the topic of city finances either late this week or early next week.

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Today is Monday the 16th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:00

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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Small plane crash in Colorado Springs sends one to the hospital

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:59

Written By Tyler Dumas

A small Cessna 210 was unable to make it to the airport and was forced to make a crash landing in the area of Constitution and Powers. 

Numerous roads were closed in the area of Tutt, Constitution, and Waynoka. The aircraft has been removed and roads in the area have been reopened.

Police said the crash happened at 12:49 p.m.

According to the fire department, three people were in the plane. One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, and the lack of injuries surprised the emergency personnel on scene.

“When I first saw the aircraft, you really had to wonder to what extent the injuries were,” said Lt. Howard Black, public information officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department. “So, very, very fortunate to be able to report that we have no serious injuries out here.”

Marcie Runnells and her kids were eating lunch when the plane came in flying low.

“I could see the wing, the rest of it was kind of blending in with the fire trucks, so it was hard to see exactly it what it all was. It was a little scary,” Runnells said.

The fire department said fuel was leaking from the plane but crews remained on scene for clean-up.

The Colorado Springs Airport said the crash will not impact any airport operations, and would not confirm to News 5 if the plane was headed there. The Federal Aviation Administration is now conducting the investigation, sending updates as necessary.

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Pilot identified following deadly plane crash in Medina County, FAA investigating

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:52

by SBG San Antonio

BEXAR COUNTY — Authorities said a pilot is dead after his aircraft crashed near the Medina-Bexar County line Sunday morning.

The pilot has been identified as 68-year-old Carl Bray, according to Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown. Grey departed from Freedom Springs Ranch Airport, which is nearly 25 miles north of the crash site, and it’s possible he was flying to Castroville Municipal Airport to get fuel, according to Brown.

Medina County investigators are holding the scene until Monday morning when National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are expected to arrive, Brown said.

Firefighters with the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office said they were called out to the 14900 block of Omicron Drive at about 10:30 a.m. for reports of a plane crash. When crews arrived, they encountered a small engine aircraft that crashed and caught fire. One person was found dead at the scene inside the two-seater aircraft.

The original call was made to Bexar County firefighters, but when they arrived, it was determined that the scene was in Medina County. Firefighters said there is a housing development under construction in the area and no homes were affected.

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F-22 Raptor Came To A Rest On Its Belly During Major Mishap Friday At NAS Fallon (Updated)

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:51

Few solid details are available regarding this incident but USAF officials have confirmed that it did indeed occur and the damage is extensive.


An F-22A Raptor belonging to Elmendorf Air Force Base’s 3rd Wing was involved in a major mishap this weekend. Details remain sketchy and are likely to change, but a source told The War Zone that the jet may have retracted its gear too early during takeoff, with the aircraft slamming back down on the runway at relatively high speed and skidding its way to a stop. Thankfully the pilot was able to egress from the aircraft without major injuries.

We contact the public affairs office at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson who jumped right on the story and quickly confirmed that the aircraft had been involved in a mishap at Fallon and although the damage is extensive, it is hoped that it can be repaired at this time. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.

The F-22 was at NAS Fallon to support the Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, better known as Topgun, providing a dissimilar adversary for students to fight against as part of a class graduation exercise. This is a widely known event in which Topgun students take part in a 1v1 fight against an unknown ‘surprise’ enemy aircraft. Aircraft of all types, from warbirds to foreign fighters, have been brought in to take part in the exercise over the decades.

For a relatively small cadre of fighter aircraft—roughly just 125 out of 183 jetsare combat coded at any given time—the F-22 community has experienced a number of gear-up and runway mishaps over the last half-decade or so.

On May 31st, 2012 a student pilot on his second solo flight in the F-22 didn’t apply enough power before retracting the jet’s landing gear during departure. The F-22 sunk down and careened its way across the runway on its belly before coming to a stop. The cost to repair that jet was a whopping $35M and took six years to accomplish the task.

The description of this mishap sounds similar to the one in Fallon on Friday, at least as it was described to us. But once again, this description could be inaccurate as we have not been able to verify it at this time.

In 2015 another Alaska-based Raptor had a brake issue on the runway at Honolulu International Airport causing damage to the aircraft. The jet was there for the 154th Fighter Wing’s annual Sentry Aloha exercise. Three years earlier another F-22, this one belonging to the local Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Fighter Squadron, experienced a tail-strike while landing. The repair bill for that mishap was $1.8M.

Update: 1:20pm PST—

The Air Force amn/nco/snco forum page on Facebook has posted new images of the stricken F-22 on NAS Fallon’s runway as well as a description of what they have been told caused the mishap. This should be treated as a rumor at this time, but in the images, the F-22’s thrust-vectoring nozzles are in asymmetric positions. The right engine looks as if it was shut down normally, while the left is still fully deflected downward. Here is the page’s entry:

UPDATE from sources: “Info on the Raptor mishap at Fallon: The slide happened on takeoff. Appears to have been a left engine flameout when the pilot throttled up to take off. By the time he realized the engine was dead, he had already been airborne for a few seconds and raised the gear. The jet bounced for around 1500 feet, and then slide for about 5000 feet. They got it off the ground and on its landing gear last night, so the runway is clear. Chain is wanting it to be quiet still. It’s very fresh obviously. But it’s looking like the second engine failure on Elmo jets in a 7 day period.”

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One person dead after plane crashes near Crozet

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:49

Local emergency services and the Virginia State Police responded to a reported plane crash Sunday evening in western Albemarle County

By Jake Gold

Local emergency services and the Virginia State Police responded to a reported plane crash Sunday evening in western Albemarle County. The crash occurred around 9 p.m. off Saddle Hollow Road near Crozet.

One body was found in the wreckage and the cause of the crash is under investigation, according to state police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

The body will be brought to the Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.

Geller said the aircraft was small and privately-owned.

She also said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been alerted about the incident.

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Despite flattened tires, pilot ‘does really nice job’ landing plane in Halifax

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:48

Air Canada flight from Orlando makes emergency landing in Halifax after landing gear problems

Anjuli Patil, Frances Willick · CBC News 

Passengers aboard an Air Canada flight from Orlando, Fla., had a few tense moments Saturday afternoon when the plane developed problems with its landing gear prior to its approach to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

​Halifax Fire and Emergency Services were called to the airport at 3:33 p.m. after crew members reported the plane’s landing gear wasn’t descending properly. Air Canada Flight 1219 was travelling from Orlando to Halifax.

The aircraft landed on the runway, blowing out two tires, but no injuries were reported.

“It was a nice landing. He did a really nice job landing the plane,” said Gordon Barton, who was returning home after a trip to Disney World with his wife Peggy Blair and their grandchildren, Alexis and Kenleigh.

“You wouldn’t be able to tell hardly that he had flat tires the way he landed it. He did a great job getting us on the ground.”

Air Canada said in a statement that the plane got two flat tires during the landing. A spokesperson said she could not provide further details about damage to the plane.

One of the airport’s two runways was closed until about 5 p.m. while the A320 plane was towed to the gate.

Peggy Blair said about 20 minutes into the flight “we heard the big boom.”

Her family was sitting over the wheels so it felt “like your feet actually ‘boomed’ underneath you,” she said.

“We really knew it was something, but then the pilot came on and said, ‘Well, there’s big boxes with luggage in them down there and maybe something came loose and just tipped over,'” Blair said.

But Barton, who has experience working with vehicles, said he had a feeling there was a problem with the aircraft’s wheels.

“Just the way it sounded, it sounded like one of the wheels may have jammed a little bit when it was coming up so it was just an educated guess, I guess,” he said.

The couple’s grandchild, Kenleigh Barton,16, said she felt a little bit nervous during the landing.

“We had to circle around a few things. At one point, we were closer to Truro than Halifax so it felt weird,” she said.

Alexis Blair,14, felt the same as her cousin.

“It was scary. I was scared. I was fidgeting with my fidget spinner, it was pretty crazy,” she said.

Once it came time to land, Blair said the plane circled around the airport. She said staff were quick to tell passengers they had “some bugs to work out” before landing.

“They had a wheel that wasn’t coming down, and I guess just before they landed, it did come down,” said ​Halifax Fire and Emergency Services  division commander Greg Hebb.

“I guess there was some damage to the underside of the plane. It was a fairly rough landing.”

Halifax airport spokesperson Theresa Rath Spicer said the plane landed safely at 3:45 p.m.

“However, it has to be inspected for potential damage and as a result of that, the aircraft has to be towed from the runway.”

Hebb and Rath Spicer said as far they know, there were no injuries among the 143 passengers.

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TSB investigating after 2 private jets crash on the ground at Winnipeg airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:46

No injuries reported in crash

CBC News

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating after two planes crashed at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Sunday.

In a release the TSB says the crash happened on the ground between two private jets, and a team of two investigators is en route to Winnipeg to gather information and assess what happened.

The TSB says no injuries were reported.

Winnipeg Airports Authority spokesperson Tyler MacAfee says the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. and one of the planes was stationary at the time.

He says crews were able to contain a fuel leak from at least one of the planes caused by the crash.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences.

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MCI: 7 Inmates Killed, 17 Injured During Incident at Lee Correctional

SCOnFire - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:46 Bishopville, SC (WLTX) – Seven inmates were killed and 17 injured following an incident at Lee Correctional Sunday night. The South Carolina Department of Corrections says the incident started at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday and it involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units. Multiple agencies responded to the incident…FULL STORY Lee ...

Officials: Aerobatic biplane likely caused mistaken plane crash report

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:45

Brandon Mulder – Austin Community Newspapers Staff

Emergency officials called off a search for a small airplane crash Sunday after determining the report was a false alarm.

Fire crews responded to an area just west of Loop 360 off Bee Cave Road near the County Line on the Hill restaurant.

“They said they had gotten a report there was a plane crash, so they just wanted to check it out and see if they could see off our balcony,” said Alicia Fuertsch, a manager on duty at the restaurant Sunday afternoon. “They went out there and they didn’t see anything, and I went out there as well and I didn’t see anything either.”

A short time later, the Austin Fire Department called off the search and tweeted that a biplane was buzzing the restaurant, generating a mistaken alarm.

It’s not the first time aerobatic biplanes have triggered mistaken 911 calls, said Mike Elliott, fire chief of the Travis County Emergency Service District No. 9.

“We got what was reported to be an aircraft down about two months ago in the same area, and it ended up being one of these biplanes that was flying low and doing some maneuvers around Lake Austin,” Elliott said. “So we went out and all kinds of agencies responded, and we never found anything. That’s what we think it was.”

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:44

46 Years ago today: On 16 April 1972 an ATI Fokker F-27 crashed near Ardinello di Amasend, Italy, killing all 18 occupants.

Date: Sunday 16 April 1972 Time: ca 22:10 Type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 Operator: Aero Trasporti Italiani – ATI Registration: I-ATIP C/n / msn: 10251 First flight: 1964 Total airframe hrs: 20461 Cycles: 26490 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15 Total: Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Ardinello di Amaseno (   Italy) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy Destination airport: Foggia Airport (FOG/LIBF), Italy Flightnumber: 392

ATI flight BM392 was a scheduled service from Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Foggia (FOG). The flight was cleared for takeoff from runway 16 and takeoff was accomplished at 21:56. Immediately after takeoff the crew contacted the Rome Departure controller. The controller confirmed the en route clearance via Pratica, Latina and Teano. He then instructed the flight crew to contact Pratica di Mare. The crew was not able to contact the air traffic controller at Pratica di Mare. At 22:00 the flight contacted Rome Departure again. They reported leaving FL65 for FL110 and noted their problems of contacting Pratica. They were then instructed to call Rome-Control (Terminal Sector South). At 22:04 flight 392 contacted the Terminal Sector South controller and reported at FL100, estimating Latina at 22:10.
At 22:05 the flight was cleared to climb to FL150, following the specific request of the pilot. The F-27 was also cleared for a direct route to Teano, skipping Latina.
Three minutes later the pilot reported passing FL135 and the crew were instructed to switch frequencies to Teano. Nothing more was heard from the flight. By then the flight entered an area of poor weather with local thunderstorm activity. The aircraft had almost reached FL150 when it suddenly lost 1200 ft of altitude and the airspeed dropped 30 knots. This developed into phugoid oscillations from which the pilots were not able to recover. The airplane entered a descent and struck the ground at 340 knots at an angle of 20 degrees.

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Video: Removal of collapsed Boston tower ladder

Statter 911 - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:59

Crane used to remove tower ladder from building

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 17:21

The two firefighters injured in Saturday’s fire on Jefferson Mill Road have been treated and released from Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Firefighters said a family of four was displaced from the fire, and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office said the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.

Damages to the home were estimated at $95,700.

Two firefighters were hurt while battling the fire on Jefferson Mill Road Saturday evening.

Firefighters said the fire started in the attic of the home, but caused major damage.

The firefighters who were hurt only received minor injuries, according to firefighters.

Everyone inside the home was able to make it out safely.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters are currently on the scene of a house fire at a home in the Woodridge area of Albemarle County.

The call came in just after 10 p.m. on Jefferson Mill Road.

Our reporter on scene says heavy smoke could be seen approaching the home.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 17:19

Two firefighters were seriously injured battling a blaze in Washington Heights on Sunday, authorities said.

The fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story building on W. 163rd St. near Broadway at 12:10 p.m., according to the FDNY.

The flames were brought under control about an hour later.

The two firefighters were taken to Harlem Hospital with serious injuries, officials said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 07:23

Firefighters found a person dead as they searched through the burned out remains of Napoli’s Italian Cafe early Saturday.

Euless firefighters responded to a 911 call that came in about 3:35 a.m. and found smoke pouring from the building, according to a press release from the Euless Fire Department.

Firefighters combat blaze at a popular Euless eatery on Saturday and then find one person dead inside Ben Saladino Courtesy

The cause of the fire and the death are still under investigation, the release said.

A Euless firefighter who was injured during a partial interior collapse was treated at Texas Health Methodist Hurst-Euless-Bedford Hospital and released.

One person was found dead and a firefighter was treated for injuries early Saturday during a fire that badly damaged Napoli’s Italian Cafe in Euless Ben Saldino Coutesy

No other injuries were reported.

Units from the Bedford, Grapevine, Haltom City and Fort Worth fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:28

A brush fire turned into a rescue mission in Scioto County Thursday afternoon.

Two Vernon Township Volunteer Firefighters were injured while fighting a nearly four-acre fire.

Wyatt Henderson was burned when his wind machine on his back caught fire.

“He was burnt severely on his back and sides,” firefighter Rob Pyles said.

Pyles says responding to a fire involving a fellow firefighter is completely different.

“That throws a whole spin on the game,” Pyles said. “When we first got there I wasn’t aware we had an injury at first. Once I got our engine on the scene, I realized we had a firefighter down. My first instinct was just to take care of him, get him off the hillside, get him in the back of the ambulance and get him to the hospital.”

Pyles transported Henderson to SOMC. He was later flown to OSU’s Medical Center in Columbus.

Pyles says as soon as he transported Henderson, he got word that another firefighter was injured.

“Needless to say I didn’t let no grass grow under the truck on the way back. We got there as quickly as we could, safely as we could but quickly,” Pyles said. “Your adrenaline’s running … when it’s one of your brothers, your adrenaline is running.”

Chase Porter was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center after falling down the hillside.

“He ended up with head injuries and back and neck injuries,” Pyles said.

Pyles says the South Webster Fire Department and Forestry Crews also responded to assist.

Pyles says several firefighters went to Columbus and Huntington Thursday night to be by Henderson and Porter.

Both are recovering and are expected to be OK. Henderson was released from the hospital Friday afternoon.

“We’ve eased up and we’re doing OK. We’re just trying to get our bearings back together, and we’re waiting on the next call,” Pyles said.

The state fire marshal’s is investigating to determine what caused the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:27

Peel paramedics are tending to a Mississauga firefighter who fell off a ladder during a training exercise Friday, April 13.

Training exercises were taking place at the Garry Morden Centre on Ninth Line south of Steeles Avenue in Mississauga when the firefighter fell around 3:25 p.m.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:26

Firefighters were treated by medical crews after a large brush fire near Horseshoe Curve in Altoona Saturday.

That fire first broke out alongside Veterans Memorial Highway at noon and scorched part of the hillside on the right as you drive toward Horseshoe Curve.
It took several crews more than 4 hours to get those flames under control.

We’re told as many as 5 firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion, but no serious injuries have been reported. Power was out for just over 200 people in Blair County.

No word yet on what sparked that blaze

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Video & radio traffic: 4-alarm house fire in Brooklyn

Statter 911 - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:01

Fire Wednesday on 63rd Street.

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