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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:24

17 Years ago today: On 15 April 2002 an Air China Boeing 767-200 flew into a mountain (CFIT) on approach to Pusan-Kimhae Airport, South Korea, killing 129 out of 166 occupants.

Date: Monday 15 April 2002 Time: 11:21 Type: Boeing 767-2J6ER Operator: Air China Registration: B-2552 C/n / msn: 23308/127 First flight: 1985-10-09 (16 years 6 months) Total airframe hrs: 39541 Cycles: 14308 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4E4 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 121 / Occupants: 155 Total: Fatalities: 129 / Occupants: 166 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 4,6 km (2.9 mls) N of Pusan-Kimhae Airport (PUS) (   South Korea) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Beijing-Capital Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China Destination airport: Busan-Gimhae (Pusan) International Airport (PUS/RKPK), South Korea Flightnumber: 129

Narrative:
Air China flight 129 departed Beijing at 08:37 on a scheduled flight to Pusan-Gimhae in South Korea. The en route part of the flight was uneventful. At 11:06 the second officer contacted Gimhae Approach. At that moment the airplane was 32 nm from the airport at an altitude of FL170. The approach controller cleared the flight to descend to 6000 feet. Runway 36L was in use and the crew could expect a straight-in approach. at 11:09 the controller notified the crew that the runway was changed to 18R, with winds 210 degrees at 17 kts. This meant a circling approach which none of the crew members had flown yet at Pusan. The captain and first officer then discussed the approach to be flown. The captain cautioned: “We won’t enlarge the traffic pattern, the mountains are
all over that side.” At 11:13 the flight was further cleared down to 2600 feet. Two minutes later the approach controller radioed: “Air China 129, turn left heading 030 cleared for ILS DME runway 36L, then circle to runway 18 right, report field in sight.” At 11:17 they captured the ILS and were cleared further down to the circling altitude of 700 feet. The landing gear was extended and flaps set at 20 degrees. Then the controller instructed the flight to contact Gimhae Tower and to circle west. The second officer responded but did not read back the frequency change. The captain then instructed the first officer to disconnect the autopilot and turn left. From his position in the right hand seat the first officer was able to observe the runway. As the aircraft passed abeam the
runway the autopilot was reengaged with heading select. At that moment the approach controller again contacted flight 129 instructing them to contact
the tower. The crew were busy looking outside to see when they passed abeam the end of the runway. Simultaneously the Gimhae Tower controller contacted
the flight using the emergency frequency. As they passed abeam the threshold at 11:20:02 they started timing to measure the commencement f turning to
base. Eleven seconds after the call on the emergency frequency, the second officer reported to the Tower controller that they were on the circle approach. At 11:20:17 the captain took over control from the first officer and said he was going to turn base. He slowly began a widening turn, causing the first officer to urge him: “turn quickly, not too late.” Meanwhile the flight was cleared to land . At 11:20:32 the captain disconnected the autopilot and banked the plane to the right. Twenty-two seconds later the first officer cautioned: “Pay attention to the altitude keeping,” and the captain asked him to help him get a visual on the runway. Due to the limited visibility they were not able to see the runway. The first officer then advised the captain to initiate a go around, but the captain did
not respond. At 11:21:15 the first officer said, “Pull up! Pull up!” Pitch attitude was increased to 11.4 degrees but thrust was not increased. Two seconds later the aircraft impacted a mountain, about 4.6 km from the runway

Probable Cause:

FINDINGS RELATED TO PROBABLE CAUSES:
1. The flight crew of flight 129 performed the circling approach, not being aware of the weather minima of wide-body aircraft (B767-200) for landing, and in the approach briefing, did not include the missed approach, etc., among the items specified in Air China’s operations and training manuals.
2. The flight crew exercised poor crew resource management and lost situational awareness during the circling approach to runway 18R, which led them to fly outside of the circling approach area, delaying the base turn, contrary to the captain’s intention to make a timely base turn.
3. The flight crew did not execute a missed approach when they lost sight of the runway during the circling approach to runway 18R, which led them to strike high terrain (mountain) near the airport.
4. When the first officer advised the captain to execute a missed approach about 5 seconds before impact, the captain did not react, nor did the first officer initiate the missed approach himself.

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MS AREAS ONLY FD DESTROYED BY TORNADO

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:57

The only volunteer fire department in Hamilton, a small community in Monroe County, Mississippi, was destroyed in this weekend’s devastating tornadoes.

The tornado hit Monroe County on Saturday night, said CNN meteorologist Gene Norman. It was one of about six tornadoes to hit the state this weekend. One person in Monroe was killed and 10 people were injured.

This weekend’s massive storm system ravaged areas from Texas to Mississippi. Seven people died because of the severe weather, including the person in Mississippi, four people in Texas and two in Louisiana.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Sunday for areas affected by the severe weather.

A photo of the destroyed fire station shows debris strewn all over and trucks standing in place underneath.

Terry Tucker, Monroe’s fire coordinator, said on Sunday he was alerted to the fate of the fire department’s building around 11 p.m. Saturday.

“We took a direct hit,” one firefighter told Tucker over the radio. “The fire station (is) gone.”

No firefighters were killed or injured, Tucker said.

Tucker said the Hamilton department was the only one in the immediate area of the small community of about 1,500 people. The other nearest station is 14 miles away, Tucker said.

“It’s hard to fathom, the fire department is gone,” he said. “The people will have a long recovery. The fire department basically has to start over. They have good manpower but they have to start the station all over.”

While the building is gone, Tucker said the department was able to salvage some gear and the trucks are still there but damaged.

Along with the fire department’s building, Saturday’s tornado also destroyed multiple homes and a retail center.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/15

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 04:10

4/15/1840 two Manhattan, New York firefighters were killed when they were caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a fire.

4/15/1857 a Baltimore, MD firefighter “died at his home as a result of injuries the injuries he sustained the previous day in a warehouse fire and collapse.”

4/15/1928 a Hartford, CT firefighter died of the injuries he sustained while operating at Box 8332.

4/15/1961 three Philadelphia, PA firefighters died from injuries they sustained from an explosion at a gas station at 2003 N. 2nd Street.

4/15/1977 a Bulls Head – Staten Island, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while he “operating from an abandoned wooden bridge at a dump fire, some planking broke loose, pitching him 15 feet into a creek. Despite immediate rescue efforts by firefighters, police divers recovered his body in 20 feet of water, four hours later. He had died as a result of drowning and injuries sustained in the fall.”

4/15/1980 an Irvington, NJ firefighter “operating at a fire involving the third floor and cockloft of a three-story frame tenement, collapsed to the street as he exited the building. Attempts were made to revive him, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

4/15/1983 an East Orange, NJ firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained April 13th, when he was caught in a flashover while searching the fourth floor for possibly trapped victims and fire extension at an apartment house fire.

4/15/1994 an Elko, Nevada firefighter died while operating at a gold refinery building fire. “After arriving, he was witnessed putting on his personal protective clothing and SCBA. Two hours later, members of a volunteer fire department that had responded to the fire found his body inside the fire building. He had apparently entered the structure independently and ran out of air inside the refinery. Commanders did not know he was on the fire scene until his body was removed. The initial fire attack was described as hectic to the Nevada State Fire Marshal that investigated the report. His death was attributed to smoke inhalation.”

4/15/2013 Boston Marathon bombings; two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. that killed three people and injuring 264. The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 210 yards apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street.

4/15/1958 Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY fire destroyed the French impressionist Claude Monet painting.

4/45/1957 the Madame Jean Henry Rest Home, a nursing home, fire in Pointe Aux Trembles, QB, a Montreal suburb, left fifteen patients dead in the 18-room 220-year-old building that started in the electric wiring at the point where power lines entered the structure.

4/15/1916 New York, NY an apartment fire burned out the basement and first floor at 453-457 Columbus Avenue.

4/15/1873 Chicopee, MA the Dwight Manufacturing Company was destroyed by fire around 10:45 p.m. that started from an overturned lamp.

1920 the Sacco-Vanzetti case draws national attention. “A paymaster and a security guard were killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.”

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Must see: New video of fire engine crash & burn in Georgia

Statter 911 - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 21:22

Reaction of man & woman as they drive past the burning Cobb County Engine 9

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KC MO LADDER CRASHES INTO SCHOOL

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 16:19

A ladder fire truck careened into the front of the Academy for Integrated Arts charter school after colliding early Sunday with a Cadillac, according to Kansas City police.

Two people in the Cadillac were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. A driver in another car involved in the crash had minor injuries. None of the four firefighters on the truck were injured.

The crash occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday near 79th Street and Troost Avenue.

The fire truck was headed north on Troost when the southbound Cadillac turned left to head east, crossing into the path of the fire truck. The two vehicles collided, sending fire truck crashing into the front of the school at 7910 Troost.

The force of the collision caused the Cadillac to crash into a southbound Toyota Matrix.

The school was unoccupied at the time. The fire truck sustained heavy front-end damage, police said.

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MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON FOR FATAL FIRE WHERE 1 FIREFIGHTER WAS HURT

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 14:37

By Sady Swanson, Fort Collins Coloradoan:

A Fort Collins man has been arrested and charged with causing the fire that killed one person and injured two others at a west Fort Collins residence in October.

Michael Dye, 34, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, fourth-degree arson, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on April 5. A warrant was issued for his arrest in November.

Fort Collins police, along with Poudre Fire Authority and medical units, responded to reports of a structure fire in a unit at 3219 Sumac St., just before 6 a.m. Oct. 24. Seven people were in the home at the time of the fire, but only six people were accounted for when authorities arrived, according to arrest documents.

Read the full story here.

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THREE N.J. FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT ‘EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FIRE’

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 14:27

By Lynda Cohen, Breaking AC:

Two Atlantic City firefighters and a fire captain were injured battling a fire Thursday.

Firefighters arrived at 21 N. Florida Ave. to find heavy fire on the first floor, Fire Chief Scott Evans said.
Flames were coming out the doors and windows, extending to the second floor.

“This was an extremely difficult fire to fight,” Evans said.

Renovations to the building left many hidden voids making the structure hazardous for firefighters, he said.

It took about four hours to get under control. The center of the building was partially collapsed, he said.

Read the full story here.

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NEW ZEALAND FIRE CHIEF COLLAPSES AT TRAINING, AIRLIFTED OUT

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 14:16

Otago Daily Times:

The fire chief of the Upper Rakaia volunteer fire brigade is being airlifted to hospital after collapsing at training.

Fortuitously, that training happened to be first-aid lessons being carried out by St John ambulance staff.

Southern Fire and Emergency NZ shift manager Mau Barbara said a helicopter was called to the station this morning. The fire chief had been airlifted to hospital.

Barbara said they had the appropriate St John staff on hand to help the fire chief as they waited for the chopper to arrive.

A St John spokeswoman confirmed they transported one patient to Christchurch Hospital in a moderate condition.

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NY FIREFIGHTER HURTS LEG AT SUNDAY MORNING FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 13:56

By WHEC:

One Rochester firefighter is recovering from a leg injury received during a call early Sunday morning.

Deputy Chief David Kaltenbach said that a call came in at just before 2 a.m. of a house fire on Seward Street.

Firefighters were able to confine the fire to the rear side of the two-and-a-half story house.

Kaltenbach confirmed that a firefighter fell through the floor of the house while fighting the blaze and was briefly trapped. The firefighter was rescued by a Rapid Intervention Crew and transported by ambulance to Highland Hospital.

Read the full story here.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/14

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 03:14

4/14/1857 “A fire, starting in a row of five-story brick warehouses, in Baltimore, MD, quickly engulfed the entire row of buildings. Despite the heroic efforts of firefighters to stop the spread of the flames, the fire continued around the corner and engulfed a complex of four-story brick warehouses. The entire block was destroyed. As the fire raged out of control, a group of men attempted to enter one of the burning buildings with the intent of stealing boxes of cigars. Firefighters warned them several times to leave the building, but the warnings went unheeded. Suddenly, a wall collapsed into the building, burying twelve of the men and several firefighters under tons of rubble. Immediate rescue efforts were launched, and five firefighters were removed from the debris. One firefighter was critically injured and died after being taken to the Mechanical Fire Company quarters. Another of the injured men, a firefighter, died the next day. After hours of arduous digging, the bodies of the twelve dead civilians were located, one by one, several still clutching boxes of cigars.”

4/14/1874 a Cambridge, MA firefighter died while performing duties on top of a house, he was killed when he fell from the roof and suffered critical spinal cord injuries.

4/14/1901 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of the severe smoke inhalation he suffered the previous day while operating at a fire.

4/14/1904 a Paris, Ontario, Canada firefighter was killed in the line of duty. “He was operating a hose line at the Alabasine Company. The Fire was in a three story well involved building, and without warning the smokestack came crashing down and hit him in the head, killing him instantly.”

4/14/1912 a Waterbury, CT firefighter died from the injuries he sustained while fighting a fire in the attic of the firehouse.

4/14/1957 a Boston, MA firefighter was overcome by the heavy smoke while searching for victims during a fire in a dwelling house at 6 Milton Street, West End, Box 1347, (Charles & Poplar Streets.). He died soon after.

4/14/1965 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while operating at a single alarm fire, he suffered severe smoke inhalation and died as a result.

4/14/1977 a Cherry Hill, New Jersey firefighter died at a race track clubhouse fire. “Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke pushing from the second, third, and fourth-floors of a race track clubhouse with heavy smoke showing from the eaves of the entire 1,500-foot length of the grandstand. Additional alarms were struck, and firefighters were forced to abandon positions, as the 90-foot-high, 600-foot-wide, and 1,500-foot-long, frame grandstand became a sea of flame. Firefighters were forced into a defensive mode and had to cover exposures against the intense radiant heat being generated by the six-alarm inferno. It took firefighters over two hours to control the raging fire. Over 700 firefighters, manning 60 engines, 16 trucks, and 28 rescue vehicles responded to the fire. Included in this response were four engines and a snorkel from Philadelphia. This was the first time in 37 years that mutual aid was sent from Philadelphia to New Jersey. Out of the 12,000 patrons that were evacuated from the track, 21 were treated for various injuries and another patron, and a track worker, were missing and presumed dead. The firefighter died in his car as he arrived on the scene.

4/14/2014 suspected Islamic militants killed at least seventy-two people and wounded one hundred sixty-four in a bus station bombing during rush-hour in Abuja, Nigeria.

4/14/1944 a harbor explosion killed 700 in Bombay (now Mumbai), India when the SS Fort Stikine carrying a cargo of cotton bales, gold, ammunition including around 1,400 tons of explosive caught fire followed by two giant explosions.

4/14/1948 fifteen of the thirty buildings in the business district of Laramie, WY were damaged by fire around 2:00 a.m. the National Guard and the Wyoming University ROTC students were pressed into service to prevent looting.

4/14/1909 Asheville, NC the Kenilworth Inn was destroyed by fire just after 2:00 a.m. all seventy-five guests escaped.

4/14/1895 a Fargo, ND house fire left five dead, including three young children.

4/14/1872 several downtown businesses and residence were destroyed Perrysburg, Ohio around 3:00 a.m. by fire.

4/14/1912 RMS Titanic hits iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinks, more than 1,500 died. A fire may have contributed to the tragedy. It is believed that when the ship left port there was a fire burning in one of the coal bunkers. The Captain, fearing fuel supplies may run low, steamed at full speed despite warnings of icebergs. The hull may have been weakened by the fire. Steel loses strength when exposed to heat above 400oF.

4/14/1865 President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC

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Pre-arrival video of Outer Banks commercial

Statter 911 - Sun, 04/14/2019 - 02:11

Fire at Christmas Mouse store in Nags Head

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MARION CO. FL FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING OVERHAUL

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 22:22

A Marion County firefighter is in the hospital after he was seriously injured while responding to a structure fire in Ocala early Saturday morning.

All residents made it out of the building before fire rescue arrived.

During overhaul operations, ceiling debris fell on the MCFR lieutenant, and he was taken to a local hospital.

He’s currently in stable condition. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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GA FIREFIGHTER CRITICAL AFTER BEING STRUCK DIRECTING TRAFFIC

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 22:19

When you live in a small city like Blackshear, Georgia, everyone tries to play their part.

“Because of all the limited manpower, we kind of do more with less,” said Blackshear Police Chief Chris Wright.

That’s why Johnnie Anderson, a Blackshear firefighter of 30 years, directs traffic when the Pierce County Middle and High schools get out.

“We asked Johnnie if he would mind working at this intersection because this is the one that’s the most crucial and the most dangerous,” Chief Wright said.

Wright says it’s dangerous because the school’s exit road intersects with a highway.

“We’ve got somewhere around 1300 and 1400 vehicles trying to get out,” Wright said.

Wright says Anderson had attempted to stop highway traffic to allow cars to turn into the school, and one car didn’t get the message.

“Witnesses said that it looked like he had indicated for the gentleman to stop, held his hand up, and he just didn’t,” Wright said.

Anderson was hit and airlifted to UF Health in Jacksonville. He reportedly suffered brain bleeding, internal bleeding, and had to undergo surgery.

Wright believes having a traffic light there would’ve prevented this, but they can’t get one approved.

“For at least five years we’ve petitioned GDOT to have a red light installed at this intersection,” Chief Wright said.

“We need it so badly,” said Blackshear mayor Kevin Grissom.

Grissom says because the intersection only sees high traffic in peak school hours, they don’t meet DOT’s requirements to warrant a signal.

“I know that those that have been before me have tried for five years, but obviously we have a real need for it,” Grissom said.

They say the lack of a signal has already put a good man in the hospital and he didn’t deserve it.

“[Anderson] has spent his career being a servant and just more than willing to give anything he could give to his community,” Wright said.

We reached out to GDOT who says though they don’t qualify for the traffic signal, they are conducting a safety study to see what safety enhancements may be warranted. Safety enhancements could include things like a stop sign or warning lights.

Grissom says he will continue to push for a traffic signal.

“We definitely need it regardless of [the] size of [the] population,” Mayor Grissom said.

GoFundMe page had been set up to help Anderson’s family as he undergoes recovery for his injuries. As an alternative, the Chief says they have established an account at PrimeSouth bank. Donations can be made to PrimeSouth Bank – Blackshear Fire Department Johnnie Anderson fund.

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/firefighter-in-critical-condition-after-being-struck-by-vehicle-while-directing-traffic/77-6aa59e05-7035-402d-bed7-43b3f70118b7

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2 KY FIREFIGHTERS RESCUED AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 15:42

Two firefighters had to be rescued from a house fire in Eastwood, authorities said.

Authorities said the fire broke out before 6:30 a.m. at a home in the 1200 block of Clark Station Road.

The homeowner was hurt, along with two firefighters. The homeowner was taken to a hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Eastwood fire officials said while fighting the fire, one firefighter became disoriented while in the basement. Another fell through the first floor into the basement.

Authorities could not elaborate on the firefighters’ injuries, but said neither were taken to hospitals.

It’s unclear what caused the fire.

https://www.wlky.com/article/2-firefighters-injured-in-fisherville-fire-authorities-say/27125279

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/13

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 04:10

4/13/1970 the oxygen tank onboard Apollo 13 exploded 200,000 miles from Earth during the third manned lunar landing mission. Mission Commander Lovell reported to mission control: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,”

4/13/1859 an Atlanta, GA firefighter died “during a fire in a hardware store on East Alabama Street, firefighters were attempting to stave off a major explosion by carrying kegs of burning gunpowder from the store. While carrying one of these kegs, he stumbled and fell across the keg. There was a violent explosion and he was killed instantly.”

4/13/1887 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while fighting a commercial fire at 15 North Wabash Avenue. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after 8:00 a.m. He and another firefighter climbed the building’s standpipe to the fifth floor. The two firefighters entered the building through a window, to ventilate the fifth floor, but their entry point was almost immediately cut off by flames. While the other firefighter darted through the flames and escaped back out the window, he moved further into the building to try and exit via the stairwell. After the flames at the window were extinguished, the second firefighter returned to the fifth floor, but he discovered that the first firefighter had been overcome by smoke and suffocated to death. The fire progressed, and the building was largely destroyed in the blaze.

4/13/1891 an Omaha, NE firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after a wall had collapsed on him at the Paxton Annex building fire at 14th and Farnam Street.

4/13/1910 six New Haven, CT firefighters “died from the burns they suffered after being trapped behind metal doors and barred windows in a fire at the old County Jail on Whalley Avenue. Five other firefighters were seriously injured.”

4/13/1931 four firefighters from the Chicago, IL died during a fire in an underground sewer tunnel along with seven sewer workers. They died in the confines of a 450-foot sewer tunnel that was under construction thirty-five feet below the intersection of 22nd and Laflin Streets. “The fire started at approximately 6:30 p.m. when sewer workers using a candle tried to locate a leak in the tunnel accidentally ignited some sawdust. The fire burned and spread for more than forty-five minutes before the fire department was alerted. Truck 14 was the first apparatus on the scene, and, seeing only a thin curl of smoke rising out of the tunnel, the five firefighters descended into the tunnel via its only access point: an elevator. None of the firefighters were wearing masks or oxygen (air) tanks and fifteen minutes after they descended into the tunnel, three of the firefighters emerged, suffering from intense smoke inhalation. Some firefighters, along with several workers, were still in the tunnel, firefighters from Engine 23 entered the tunnel, but they, too, did not have masks or oxygen (air) tanks and several of them were also overcome with smoke inhalation inside the tunnel. This scenario was repeated several times, as the limited access to the tunnel did not give fire officers an accurate understanding of the intensity of the fire, smoke, and gases inside the tunnel. During the next two hours, more than fifty firefighters who had entered and exited the tunnel were suffering from smoke inhalation injuries. While injured firefighters were rescued during these operations, some of the rescuers became trapped or injured themselves down in the tunnel.
The fire department was soon informed by the construction company about the possibility that some of the missing firefighters and sewer workers could have sealed themselves inside an airtight compartment at one end of the tunnel. In actuality, sixteen missing firefighters and sewer workers had sealed themselves inside the compartment, but their only means of escape was blocked by the fire, smoke, and gases. Firefighters on the surface, however, continued to descend into the tunnel throughout the night, in an effort to reach their trapped colleagues. Every firefighter was now equipped with masks and oxygen (air) tanks, some loaned by suburban fire departments eager to contribute to the rescue efforts.  Also, during the night, a smoke ejector machine, designed by Chief Charles W. Ringer of the Minneapolis Fire Department, was delivered to Chicago from the manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The machine consisted of a massive fan mounted on a truck, with an intake tube that could be placed inside the tunnel. The machine was put into operation at daylight, and it soon evacuated most of the smoke and toxic gases from the tunnel. The sixteen firefighters and sewer workers sealed in the airtight compartment were soon able to escape, and, over the next few hours, firefighters were able to recover the bodies of the dead firefighters and sewer workers from the tunnel.”

4/13/1933 “four alarms were transmitted for a stubborn fire in a Brook Avenue (New York, New York) meatpacking plant just after midnight. The fire was extremely difficult to fight, and 15 firefighters were overcome by the dense smoke. As that fire operation was going on another alarm, a civilian arrived at the scene excitedly reporting a bad fire only blocks away with people trapped! With many men already committed, make-shift crews scrambled to respond, including one ladder truck with a deputy chief. It was 2:30 in the morning when units arrived to find a fire on the upper floors of a five-story tenement at 506 Brook Avenue. Among the first due companies was Hook & Ladder 26 from Harlem. They hurried into the blazing building where 30 men, women and children were trapped. Under extreme conditions a firefighter was able to rescue two children, ages 4 and 6 years old. His boss, a lieutenant rescued a 10-year-old girl. Both men would be awarded medals for their heroism. As a matter of fact, every member of H&L 26 was placed on the Roll of Merit for their bravery and numerous rescues at this fire.

4/13/1995 Hobart, IN firefighter while searching for two reportedly trapped occupants at an early-morning fire in an occupied 2-½-story frame dwelling, he and his partner became trapped on the second floor when the fire came up the stairwell. They had run out of air and were able to make their way to a bedroom window, where he helped his partner onto a ladder. Suddenly, the room flashed over and he was killed. Four other firefighters were injured, none seriously. The fire also claimed the lives of two children.

4/13/2015 a fire that started at 9:56 a.m. at a Jieyang, Guangdong province, China recycling facility that killed four people.

4/13/2014 Veracruz, Mexico thirty-six people were killed after a passenger bus crashed into a broken-down truck and burned, shortly after midnight.

4/13/1976 a munitions-works warehouse explosion killed forty-five (mainly female employees) in Lapua, Finland. The factory opened in 1927 as the State Cartridge Factory and primary supplier of ammunition to the Finnish Army during the Winter War and World War II.

4/13/1918 Norman, OK a fire in the State Hospital (for the insane) leaves thirty-eight boys from ages 10 to 15 dead after, the fire was discovered in a linen closet.

4/13/1911 the Polo Grounds wood grandstand and left field bleachers, home of the New York Giants, burned.

4/13/1904 an explosion of 2,000 pounds of powder in the after twelve-inch turret of the Battleship USS MISSOURI off the coast of Pensacola, FL left twenty-nine sailors dead.

4/13/1878 a conflagration in Clarksville, TN destroyed most of the business district.

4/13/1872 the business district of Ayer, MA was destroyed by fire that started around 11:30 p.m. that spread along the north side of Main Street between the Worcester and Nashua Railroad and the Lowell freight depot.

4/13/1856 Richmond, VA around 1:00 a.m. a fire started at a carriage factory on Eighteenth Street, between Franklin and Grace that spread to a wheelwright and blacksmith shop and then extended to Christ Church, on Grace Street.

 

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San Diego Firefighter Hurt in Surfboard Shop Fire

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 17:35

An overnight two-alarm fire destroyed a surfboard repair and woodworking shop on Pacific Highway in the Morena District.

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion while working on the blaze and was treated at a hospital, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Jeff Mitchell said.

He said fire investigators determined that the cause of the fire was accidental.

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The blaze was reported about 2:15 a.m. at a large complex of storage garages on Pacific Highway east of Interstate 5 and south of Sea World Drive. Fire crews found one single-story, corrugated metal unit engulfed in flames.

They called for a second-alarm response for additional firefighters because the flames threatened adjoining storage garages, including a tree-trimming business, Mitchell said. It took crews about 40 minutes to control the blaze.

When firefighters realized the repair shop was full of potentially dangerous chemicals, such as resins and wood stains, a hazardous materials crew came in to help clean up, Mitchell said.

A witness to the fire, Mauricio DeSouza, told San Diego News Video and other reporters that the shop owner builds furniture and repairs surfboards, and the owner was working with wood stains Thursday evening.

Fox 5 reported that officials set the damage estimate to the shop and its contents at $250,000.

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NJ FIREFIGHTERS BURNED AT BAKERY FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:58

Two Jersey City firefighters suffered minor injuries Thursday morning battling a fire that broke out at a commercial bakery on the ground floor of a massive, five-story residential building, officials said.

Firefighters responded to both Kennedy Boulevard and Garrison Avenue at 5:30 a.m. and quickly knocked down the blaze. One captain and one firefighter suffered minor burns, Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.

Technically the building, which fronts Kennedy Boulevard, Sip Avenue and Garrison Avenue on three sides, is at 2801 Kennedy Blvd., but the bakery is located on Garrison.

The Jersey City hazardous materials unit responded for gross decontamination for the members and equipment, Wallace-Scalcione said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Kennedy Boulevard was closed in both directions for most of the morning rush hour.

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SAN DIEGO FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS SMOKE INHALATION AT STORAGE UNIT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 07:55

One firefighter was taken to the hospital Friday to be treated for smoke inhalation after battling a fire at a storage facility in the Morena neighborhood of San Diego.

The fire erupted just after midnight in a unit at Public Storage off Pacific Coast Highway south of Sea World Drive and was so severe, firefighters called a second unit.

Firefighters tackled the flames pouring from the metal unit but the items inside the storage facility made it difficult for crews to get to the fire.

A firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a nearby hospital. His current condition was not known.

The fire appears to have been accidental but investigators were still working to determine the cause.

San Diego Gas & Electric was also called in.

No other information was available.

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UPDATE: 25 injured in NC gas explosion, including 9 FFs

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 07:49

The coffee shop owner killed in a North Carolina gas line explosion was last seen in the doorway of his business after firefighters evacuated his customers and told him to leave, as well, the fire chief said Thursday.

New details about what led to the death of the coffee shop owner emerged as authorities raised the toll of people injured to 25, including nine firefighters.

Durham Deputy Fire Chief Chris Iannuzzi said eight more firefighters were treated at a hospital, in addition to the one who underwent surgery. All were expected to be released Thursday.

Police said Kaffeinate coffee shop owner Kong Lee, 61, was the only person killed in the blast that leveled the century-old building.

A gas leak had been reported about a half-hour before the blast Wednesday morning, and firefighters were working to get people out of nearby buildings. A Durham police spokesman has said a contractor boring along a sidewalk hit a gas line and caused the leak, but authorities are still investigating what made it ignite. City officials declined to name the contractor.

Fire Chief Bob Zoldos said Thursday that firefighters told people in the shop to evacuate and got about 10 customers out, but Lee apparently lingered and was last seen in the doorway.

Asked whether firefighters could have done more to convince Lee to leave, Zoldos said time is short during an emergency, and firefighters had to move on to other structures and make sure anyone in danger was told to evacuate.

“We spoke with everyone inside his business including him and said that we were recommending evacuation of the structure, and we got everyone else out but him,” he said.

Describing evacuation procedures generally, Zoldos said: “With time of the essence, we don’t make a major case for it. We go in and say: ‘you need to evacuate the structure immediately because of whatever the incident is.’ And that’s what our people did.”

Zoldos said some of his firefighters continued to work the scene after suffering cuts from flying glass or other injuries from flying glass.

A man who answered the door at a Raleigh home address for Lee told a reporter Thursday he didn’t have anything to say.

Iannuzzi said at least 15 buildings were damaged by the blast, which happened in a shopping district downtown made of converted tobacco warehouses and other industrial buildings. Some windows were shattered blocks away. Authorities were inspecting the nearby businesses to determine when they can reopen.

Authorities say no one else was believed to be trapped or unaccounted for, but a search of the rubble was continuing as a precaution. Several dozen firefighters, state agents and other authorities could be seen at the site of the explosion on Thursday, including one officer leading a search dog in and out of the rubble pile.

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