Fire Service

New evidence in lawsuit filed by family of 4 firefighters who died in Southwest Inn fire

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:43

By Robert Arnold – Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON – New evidence was revealed Thursday in a lawsuit filed against Motorola by the family of four Houston firefighters killed in the Southwest Inn fire in 2013.

The lawsuit on behalf of the families of Robert Bebee, Robert Garner, Matthew Renaud and Anne Sullivan filed suit in 2016, seeking punitive damages. Robert Yarborough, who survived the fire but suffered serious injuries, also joined the suit.

The new evidence released by their attorney Ben Hall comes in the form of a report by famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who bolsters family members’ claims that faulty Motorola radios are to blame for the deaths of several Houston firefighters.

Baden’s report states the firefighters who died in the fire died from suffocation. His report also claims the firefighters could have been successfully revived seven minutes after they lost breathable air.

The lawsuit claims the faulty radios caused an 18-minute delay in firefighters reaching their trapped colleagues.


Dr. M. Baden Report on SW Inn Firefighters’ Deaths

HFD Captain Bill Dowling was also critically injured during the fire and eventually died as a result of those injuries.

Back in 2016, Motorola responded in a statement that read in part, “We want to reiterate our sympathy toward victims of the May 2013 tragedy and remind that an independent report after the fire listed numerous potential contributing factors. Since the fire, Motorola Solutions has worked closely with the Houston Fire Department to improve training and understanding of operational capabilities, as well as to provide system enhancements.  We stand behind our equipment and support our Houston customer.”

Final Report

A final report, detailing the events that led to the death of the firefighters, was released in 2015 by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After a line-of-duty death, NIOSH conducts its own independent investigation to check for contributing factors to the incident and to make recommendations to prevent future deaths.

The 108-page NIOSH report found eight contributing factors to the deaths of firefighters, including:

  • Fire burning unreported for three hours
  • Delayed notification to the fire department
  • Building construction
  • Wind-impacted fire
  • Scene size-up
  • Personnel accountability
  • Fireground communications
  • Lack of fire sprinkler system

Three-hour head start

As Channel 2 Investigates has previously reported, investigators believe the fire actually started around 9:00 a.m. on May 31. Employees say they smelled smoke throughout the morning, but the first call to 911 came after noon, when black smoke started showing through vents and flames first became visible. The NIOSH report found the hours of smoldering allowed the fire to spread to an area above the first floor, unnoticed.

Wind-driven fire

Adding to the danger that morning, strong winds gusting to 20 mph made visibility on the scene difficult and affected firefighting tactics. A high rise building next to the fire scene also created a wind break, sending high winds channeling on both sides of the Southwest Inn. Intense heat and smoke continued to grow as crews arrived and hampered their efforts.

15 minutes, 29 seconds

The NIOSH report found that 15 minutes, 29 seconds elapsed from the time of dispatch to the roof collapse that killed four firefighters. In the 20 minutes following the collapse, command staff and rescue teams sent into the building frantically tried to locate the missing firefighters. The report states: “At this point in the incident, radio communications were severely hampered due to significant radio traffic, which overloaded the radio system.” Trouble with radio communication made rescue attempts even more difficult. The report found crews were attempting to account for every firefighter on the scene, but “due to issues with the radio system, it took the accountability officer 44 minutes to complete the PAR (personal accountability report).”

Roof design

The report goes into significant detail about the roof design of the Southwest Inn and how the initial design and subsequent remodeling played a role in the roof’s collapse within 16 minutes of the first crews arriving on the scene. The collapse trapped the four firefighters under layers of roof debris, making it difficult for rescue teams to find them inside the building. A secondary wall collapse trapped another team of firefighters, who were later rescued.

The investigation revealed that the roof of the Southwest Inn had three layers of roofing material, with layers having been added during remodeling projects. The report states:
“When re-roofing occurred, instead of removing the existing roof materials, the new roof was placed on top of the existing roof materials. The roofing material consisted of asphalt shingles installed on ½-inch thick plywood roof decking, which was nailed to the top chords of the trusses. Clay (cement) tiles were added to the roof on Side Alpha for decorative purposes.”

When rescue teams rushed in following the collapse, they had to cut through the roofing material with chain saws and crawl through windows to reach trapped firefighters.

Actions taken by HFD since May 2013

Immediately after the Southwest Inn fire, then-Chief Terry Garrison initiated a recovery committee from all ranks within the department to review the incident and make recommendations to prevent another loss of life.Garrison reported a summary of changes within the department to NIOSH.

A communications and technology work group met with Motorola to review radio problems discovered during the fire. Changes were made in the radio system, and radio procedures were updated to improve emergency communications during major incidents. The department worked to update overall performance of the new digital radio system across the city. Equipment was added to improve communication within buildings. The city hired more people in the Office of Emergency Communication to improve incident communications.

A new city ordinance was drafted to address buildings with poor communication. It outlines new requirements that property owners and management companies will need to address to meet the standards set for firefighter safety.
New technology was added to help the incident commander track assignments at a fire scene.

HFD redesigned and updated equipment used by rescue teams sent in to save trapped firefighters. Standard operating guidelines for these teams were updated.

HFD is considering the use of helmet cams to perform on-scene video recording, and the department has secured grant funding to upgrade mobile data terminals (MDT’s) in each emergency response vehicle. HFD also introduced a program that gives chiefs in the field electronic building assessments and real-time information on structures as they respond.

The department also began new training in February 2015, which includes a compilation of fire behavior research conducted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Recommendations from NIOSH report

Many of the actions taken by HFD address the 15 recommendations for fire departments nationwide made by the NIOSH report. The recommendations are detailed in the full report, which you can read here.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:41

8 Years ago today: On 10 April 2010 a Polish Air Force Tupolev 154M crashed near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 on board, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

Date: Saturday 10 April 2010 Time: 10:41 Type: Tupolev 154M Operator: Polish Air Force Registration: 101 C/n / msn: 90A837 First flight: 1990 Total airframe hrs: 5143 Cycles: 3899 Engines:Soloviev D-30KU-154-II Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 88 / Occupants: 88 Total: Fatalities: 96 / Occupants: 96 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 1 km E of Smolensk Air Base (   Russia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Official state flight Departure airport: Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland Destination airport: Smolensk Air Base (XUBS), Russia

A Tupolev 154M passenger jet, operated the Polish Air Force, was destroyed when it crashed on approach to Smolensk Air Base in poor visibility. All on board were killed in the accident, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
The airplane departed Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW), Poland at 07:27 local time, carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, several Members of Parliament, President of the National Bank of Poland Slawomir Skrzypek, Chief of General Staff Franciszek Gagor, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrzej Kremer and a number of passengers and crew members.
During the flight the crew was in contact with air traffic controllers at Minsk, Moscow and Smolensk. The crew also was in contact with the crew of a Polish Air Force Yakovlev 40 passenger plane that had landed at Smolensk Air Base 90 minutes ahead of the Presidential flight.
At about 10:14 the flight descended through an altitude of 7500 m. Minsk Control radioed that the visibility at Smolensk Air Base was 400 m due to fog. The same conditions were transmitted to the crew when they contacted the controller at Smolensk. About 10:25 the pilot of the Yak-40 on the ground at Smolensk radioed that horizontal visibility was 400 m and vertical visibility about 50 m. Shortly afterwards they reported that an Ilyushin 76 transport plane had diverted to an alternate airfield after two attempts to land.
The crew continued preparations for an approach to runway 26 at the Smolensk Air Base. The cockpit door was open and during the approach there were two passengers present on the flight deck.
Meanwhile, visibility worsened to 200 m. This information was transmitted to the crew at 10:37. The crew requested permission to carry out a ‘trial’ approach to decision height (100 m) and asked the controller to expect a go around.
About 18 seconds before impact the terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) sounded: “Pull up”, followed by an aural warning: “TERRAIN AHEAD”. About 5 seconds before impact the autopilot and autothrottle were disconnected in order to execute a go around. The airplane contacted upsloping terrain at a distance of about 1100 meters from the runway and 40 m to the left of extended centreline. The aircraft height at that point was 15 m below the level of the runway threshold. The left wing struck a large tree causing the airplane to roll inverted. The Tu-154 crashed and broke up.

Probable Cause:

The immediate cause of the accident was the failure of the crew to take a timely decision to proceed to an alternate airdrome although they were not once timely informed on the actual weather conditions at Smolensk “Severny” Airdrome that were significantly lower than the established airdrome minimal descent without visual contact with ground references to an altitude much lower than minimum descent altitude for go around (100 m) in order to establish visual flight as well as no reaction to the numerous TAWS warnings which led to controlled flight into terrain, aircraft destruction and death of the crew and passengers.

According to the conclusion made by the pilot-experts and aviation psychologists, the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Air Forces in the cockpit until the collision exposed psychological pressure on the PIC’s decision to continue descent in the conditions of unjustified risk with a dominating aim of landing at any means.

Contributing factors to the accident were:
– long discussion of the Tu-154M crew with the Protocol Director and crew of the Polish Yak-40 concerning the information on the actual weather that was lower than the established minima and impossibility (according to the Tu-154M crew opinion) to land at the destination airdrome which increased the psychological stress of the crew and made the PIC experience psychological clash of motives: on the one hand he realized that landing in such conditions was unsafe, on the other hand he faced strong motivation to land exactly at the destination airdrome.
In case of proceeding to an alternate airdrome the PIC expected negative reaction from the Main Passenger;
– lack of compliance to the SOP and lack of CRM in the crew;
– a significant break in flights in complicated weather conditions (corresponding to his weather minima 60×800) that the PIC had had as well as his low experience in conducting non-precision approach;
– early transition by the navigator to the altitude callouts on the basis of the radio altimeter indications without considering the uneven terrain;
– conducting flight with engaged autopilot and autothrottle down to altitudes much lower than the minimum descent altitude which does not comply with the FCOM provisions;
– late start of final descent which resulted in increased vertical speed of descent the crew had to maintain.

The systematic causes of the accident involving the Tu-154M tail number 101 aircraft of the Republic of Poland were significant shortcomings in the organization of flight operations, flight crew preparation and arrangement of the VIP flight in the special air regiment.

In a separate investigation , the Polish Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents concluded the following:

Cause of Accident:
The immediate cause of the accident was the descent below the minimum descent altitude at an excessive rate of descent in weather conditions which prevented visual contact with the ground, as well as a delayed execution of the go-around procedure. Those circumstances led to an impact on a terrain obstacle resulting in separation of a part of the left wing with aileron and consequently to the loss of aircraft control and eventual ground impact.

Circumstances Contributing to the Accident:
1) Failure to monitor altitude by means of a pressure altimeter during a non-precision approach;
2) failure by the crew to respond to the PULL UP warning generated by the TAWS;
3) attempt to execute the go-around maneuver under the control of ABSU (automatic go around);
4) Approach Control confirming to the crew the correct position of the airplane in relation to the RWY threshold, glide slope, and course which might have affirmed the crew’s belief that the approach was proceeding correctly although the airplane was actually outside the permissible deviation margin;
5) failure by LZC to inform the crew about descending below the glide slope and delayed issuance of the level-out command;
6) incorrect training of the Tu-154M flight crews in the 36 Regiment.

Conducive circumstances:
1) incorrect coordination of the crew’s work, which placed an excessive burden on the aircraft commander in the final phase of the flight;
2) insufficient flight preparation of the crew;
3) the crew‘s insufficient knowledge of the airplane’s systems and their limitations;
4) inadequate cross-monitoring among the crew members and failure to respond to the mistakes committed;
5) crew composition inadequate for the task;
6) ineffective immediate supervision of the 36 Regiment’s flight training process by the Air Force Command;
7) failure by the 36 Regiment to develop procedures governing the crew’s actions in the event of:
a) failure to meet the established approach criteria;
b) using radio altimeter for establishing alarm altitude values for various types of approach;
c) distribution of duties in a multi-crew flight.
8) sporadic performance of flight support duties by LZC over the last 12 months, in particular under difficult WC, and lack of practical experience as LZC at the SMOLENSK NORTH airfield.

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Must see video: Girls jump to flee fire at New Jersey dance studio

Statter 911 - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:21

No life-threatening injuries in Monday's fire in Edgewater

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 17:58

A firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting a garage fire in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor on Sunday.

Crews responded to a fire on Cemetery Rd on Sunday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy fire on the 2nd floor on the one-and-a-half story garage.

Crews said three lines were put into operation and the fire was knocked down within 25 minutes.

Crews from Warehouse Point, South Windsor Fire Department, Ellington Fire, Somers Fire, and Enfield Fire Departments assisted.

The Fire Marshal is working to determine the cause and origin of the fire

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:20

Two firefighters are recovering after fighting a massive fire on Saturday afternoon.

It started on Wilcox Street near Belmont just before 2 p.m. on the west side.

24-Hour News 8’s Brad Maushart was on the scene.

Indianapolis Fire Department says a vacant home caught fire, and the flames spread to the homes on each side of it.

The people who lived in those two homes evacuated safely. Nine people in all were displaced by the fire, and IFD was working to find them shelter.

It took crews about an hour to get the fire under control.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital — one for a steam burn to the hand, the other for a shoulder injury. They were both treated and released.

Damages to the homes are estimated at $350,000.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:17

A Buffalo firefighter was taken to a local hospital by ambulance early Monday morning, after fighting a fire inside a vacant building at Jefferson Avenue and Carlton Street.

The intersection was shut down around 4:30 a.m. as firefighters worked on the blaze. It’s close to the Jefferson Avenue exit off the Kensington Expressway.

Division Chief Peter Kertzie tells 7 Eyewitness News firefighters found two separate fire sources inside the building, on the second floor and attic. This opens up the possibility that the fire was started intentionally.

Kertzie says the firefighter who was taken to the hospital had overexerted himself while working on the fire in the attic. He was taken out of the building on a stretcher after reporting that he felt dizzy. He was loaded into an AMR ambulance and taken to a local hospital.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one else was injured.

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Today is Monday the 9th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:50

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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Helicopter Crash In Pennsylvania Near Smethport, 2 Dead

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:48


A helicopter crash near Smethport, McKean County, Pennsylvania, killed two people onboard Sunday afternoon.

The incident took place at 5:15 p.m. EDT when the helicopter went down in a remote wooded area off East Valley Road in Smethport. There were three people onboard the aircraft at the time, including the pilot.

While the pilot sustained fractures and was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment, the other two passengers were fatally injured in the crash, McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill confirmed. The identities of the deceased have not been released as the police are yet to inform the relatives of the victims.

According to reports, the aircraft was being used in a power line repair or construction project. The cause of the accident is not yet clear.

Multiple search and rescue units from Smethport Fire Department, Port Allegany’s Star Hose Company and from Eldred and Norwich Townships were dispatched by the 911 center in McKean County as soon as the police were alerted about the crash.

JoEllen Wankel, a reporter from the Bradford Era, who was near the crash site when the incident happened, said the rescue teams had a difficult time reaching the spot as it was located in a remote area, cut off from proper communication channels.

According to Erie News Now, the helicopter which crashed belonged to J.W. Didado Electric Company in Akron, Ohio. No other details are available at the time.

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Two soldiers killed in Apache helicopter crash at Fort Campbell

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:47

By: Michelle Tan

Two soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade were killed late Friday when their AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed at the local training area on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The incident happened about 9:50 p.m. Friday, the 101st Airborne announced Saturday morning. The crash is under investigation.

The names of the two soldiers will not be released until their families are notified.

The crew was conducting routine training at the time of the accident, according to the 101st Airborne. There were no other casualties.

Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services are on site and recovery operations are ongoing, officials said.

“This is a day of sadness for Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne,” said Brig. Gen. Todd Royar, acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this difficult time.”

Friday’s crash comes on the heels of a difficult few weeks for military aviation.

On March 14, two Navy aviators were killed when their F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed during a training flight in Florida. A day later, seven airmen were killed when their HH-60 Pave Hawk crashed in western Iraq during a routine transit flight.

On April 3, two more crashes occurred. A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier crashed during takeoff in Djibouti; the pilot ejected and survived. Later that day, a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed during a training flight in California, killing the four crew members on board.

And on April 4, an F-16 from the Air Force’s Thunderbirds crashed near Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, killing the pilot.

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San Diego County pilot dies in crash of private plane in Petaluma Friday night

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:45



A retired Marine Corps officer and environmental consultant for the Sonoma County Water Agency was killed late Friday when his single-engine plane crashed near the Petaluma Municipal Airport after takeoff.

Carl Morrison, 75, was flying his 1990 Mooney M20J propeller-driven plane from the airport back home to San Diego County after a work trip north, according to his family. Morrison, an attorney and vice commander of the Pacific Region’s Civil Air Patrol, was an experienced private pilot who often flew his plane for meetings around the country. 

“We love him and we will miss him,” said the eldest of his six children, Bob Morrison, 51, of Murrieta. “If my dad wanted to be remembered for anything it would be how much he loved his family.”

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash. The plane’s wreckage was found in a field off Manor Lane, about two miles northeast of the Petaluma airport, according to sheriff’s officials.

Friends and work colleagues voiced deep sorrow over Morrison’s sudden death. It came during the type of storm, an atmospheric river, for which he sought to expand research to help bolster regional water supplies.

“He had the most wonderful disposition,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, a Water Agency director. “He was always positive, and always smiling — just a wonderful human being. We can’t even imagine our team without him — it’s just devastating.”

Col. Jon Stokes with the Civil Air Patrol said Morrison joined the nonprofit organization, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, in 2006 and quickly rose through the ranks. The group helps with search and rescue, disaster response and other aviation training.

Stokes said Morrison frequently made the round-trip flight between Petaluma and his home in Fallbrook, about an hour north of San Diego, for work. He was a technically skilled, instrument-rated pilot, which made the circumstances of his death that much more difficult to fathom, Stokes said.

“It’s a very sad day,” said Stokes. “He was a very smart and insightful individual, and it’s a loss to the organization and his family, but also just to our community and people in general. Carl was a great man.”

Morrison was a Vietnam war veteran who served 20 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a lawyer and public affairs officer in 1986 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, according to his law office website. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1966 before obtaining a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 1976. He earned two master’s degrees, from Loyola University and George Washington University.

Following his military service, Morrison started a public relations and environmental consulting firm before founding his law firm in 1995. The office was located at the Fallbrook Airpark.

Morrison was a devout Mormon and held a high-ranking position at his church, according to friends. He had a large family and often boasted about his six children and 23 grandchildren.

Bob Morrison said his father was in excellent health and was a cautious and prepared pilot who was capable flying in rough weather conditions but unlikely to take risks.

“It’s a plane he has flown for years,” Morrison said of the father’s aircraft. “He was meticulous at keeping it maintained … I guess anytime you fly in a plane you take a risk, but my father was the safest pilot I knew.”

Carl Morrison’s family expected him to depart Petaluma about 5 p.m. and land about three hours later, his son said.

And records show he received clearance to take off about 5 p.m. from traffic control, said Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Henri Boustany said. It’s unclear what happened next.

At 6:51 p.m. the state Office of Emergency Services called Petaluma police reporting an emergency signal was originating from a small plane in eastern Petaluma, Boustany said. Officers checked the city’s airstrip. Police then contacted the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, which sent deputies to his destination airstrip to determine whether Morrison’s plane had landed.

Bob Morrison said he believed it was sometime after 8 p.m., around the time his father was due to land, when a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy knocked on his mother Mary Morrison’s door and asked if her husband had returned home. He hadn’t.

Then about 8:20 p.m. the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report the plane’s emergency signal and provide coordinates for a potential crash site.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the coordinates on Sonoma Mountain, but could not immediately find the plane. After 10 p.m., they spotted a small fire that turned out to be wreckage at the crash site, in a remote ravine near the 3600 block of Manor Lane. Morrison was the lone occupant in the downed plane.

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Allegiant plane skids off runway at Sioux Falls airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:44

SIOUX FALLS (KSFY) – An airplane skidded off the runway at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Sunday.

Allegiant Air confirms the plane was flight 456 from Las Vegas to Sioux Falls. It touched down at 11:43 a.m. Sunday. Allegiant said heavy snow conditions and crosswinds caused the plane to slide 20 feet off the runway.

The Sioux Falls Airport is currently working to get passengers off the plane and take them to the airport.

Airport Executive Director Dan Letellier Sunday afternoon confirmed the incident and said maintenance crews were also working to get the plane back on the runway.

Letellier said the passengers were being bused back to the terminal. No word on whether anyone was hurt.

A passenger on another flight at the Airport tells us other flights from Sioux Falls are being delayed or cancelled because of the issue on the runway.

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No Injuries After Small Plane Crash Near Lowville

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:42

A small plane crashed just outside Lowville Sunday afternoon.

Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli said no one was hurt when the plane went down at the corner of Willow Grove and Number Three roads.

Carpinelli said the two adults and child who were on board were taken to Lewis County General Hospital to get checked out.

The pilot had pulled an emergency parachute and called in a distress signal.

The wind caught the parachute and flipped the plane over after the passengers left the scene .

“It is leaking fuel as this time,” Carpinelli said Sunday evening. “We have it stabilized for now and that’s why we’re not letting anyone go out towards that area.”

The cause of the crash isn’t known. The Federal Aviation Administration will be there Monday to clear the site.

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Plane catches fire in Spanish Fork hangar, causes $300,000 in damage

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:39

SPANISH FORK – A late night plane fire on Saturday might have cost the Spanish Fork airport hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Fire crews report that around 10:30 p.m. the plane caught fire in a hangar at the Spanish Fork Airport.

Firefighters estimate it took around an hour to put out the flames.

According to Sgt. Phil Nielsen with the Spanish Fork Police Department, the blaze was caused by a short in the plane’s battery charger.

The plane is considered a total loss and could cost the airport around $300,000 in damage.

Fortunately, police say, no one was in the hangar at the time of the fire.

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Pontoon plane flips after landing in St. Johns River

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:37

Pilot suffers minor injuries, troopers say

By Frank Powers – Assignment manager

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – The pilot of a pontoon plane that flipped over after landing on the St. Johns River north of Palatka was rescued by a nearby boater, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 63-year-old Allen Sasser was piloting an experimental Searey aircraft, which is designed for water landings, about 11:20 a.m. Friday when he attempted to land on the St. Johns River near his East Palatka home.

During the landing, troopers said, the plane crashed and rolled.

After he was helped by a boater, Sasser was taken to the Crystal Cove Marina, where he was checked out by a Putnam County Fire Rescue crew and refused treatment, troopers said.

The crash report said he suffered minor injuries.

Authorities said the upside-down plane was removed from the river to be taken to the pilot’s home.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to investigate.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 08:36

66 Years ago today: On 9 April 1952 a Japan Air Lines Martin 2-0-2 crashed into the Mihara volcano, killing all 37 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 9 April 1952 Time: 08:07 Type: Martin 2-0-2 Operating for: Japan Air Lines – JAL Leased from: Northwest Orient Airlines Registration: N93043 C/n / msn: 9164 First flight: Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33 Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Mihara Volcano (   Japan) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan Destination airport: Fukuoka Airport (FUK/RJFF), Japan

The aircraft, leased from Northwest Airlines, crashed into a mountain. The plane was named “Mokusei”.

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Are firehouse saunas just there to make you feel good?

Statter 911 - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:24

Science isn't backing up claim of saunas as cancer prevention

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 18:15

Several Tulsa firefighters are OK after a crash Saturday morning on the northwest side of downtown Tulsa.

TFD said they were alerted at the Station 2 firehouse about chain reaction crash in the southbound lanes of the L.L. Tisdale Expressway to the IDL and Highway 412 westbound on ramps.

When TFD responded, they said firefighters started working on getting a patient out of a white pickup.

Firefighters said two cars then hit the fire engine causing front and rear damage.

TFD said two people were taken to the hospital, but again no firefighters were hurt.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 16:46

A Yakima firefighter injured in an April 1 house fire has been released from the hospital.

Lt. Cody Burton was hurt when he fell through a floor at a house fire on 1510 Cornell Ave., Yakima fire officials said. Burton, who was treated for five broken ribs and a punctured lung, will be recovering at home, Capt. Jeff Pfaff said in a news release.

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The fire was the second one at the vacant home in two days, and has been deemed suspicious by fire officials. A third fire that damaged part of a fourplex at 1113 Jefferson Ave. at 9 a.m. Saturday. That fire started outside the building and damaged two units, displacing 10 people, according to the fire department.

Fire officials said that fire was suspicious and is being investigated.

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