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FORT WORTH MOBILE COMMAND UNIT CATCHES FIRE AT SCENE

Firefighter Close Calls - 3 hours 15 min ago

The Fort Worth Fire Department lost a key piece of equipment at the scene of Wednesday morning’s train derailment.

The department’s mobile command post caught fire. The truck that was loaded with radios, computers and other equipment needed at large scenes was completely destroyed.

Fire officials have not released the cause of the fire. They only said it was not related to the train

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/24

Firefighter Close Calls - 9 hours 38 min ago

4/24/1851 the first alarm signal system was installed in Boston, MA, the system had 40 manual crank street boxes on 3 box circuits with 19 alarm bells originally painted black, the concept was pioneered by Dr. William F. Channing and designed by Moses G. Farmer, a telegraphic engineer using closed electrically supervised circuits, the first actual alarm was sent a week later on April 29, 1852 at 8:25 p.m.

4/24/1850 a Manhattan, New York firefighter was killed when he fell through an open hatchway while operating at a fire.

4/24/1889 two Atlanta, GA firefighters died after returning to “the scene of a fire at the Wellhouse & Sons Paper Company that had gutted a paper plant on April 21st. The fire had proved to be very stubborn and resisted all final extinguishment efforts. As firefighters went to work once again, a serious windstorm developed, blowing down the teetering walls onto the men. The two were killed when they were caught beneath one of the collapsing walls.”

4/24/1904 a Newark, NJ firefighter died from injuries sustained in the three-alarm fire at the Weiner Company in the building collapse the day before.

4/24/1919 two Baltimore, MD firefighters died fighting an industrial school fire. “While workmen were repairing the roof of an industrial school, they ignited a fire under the eaves. As a bucket brigade, made up of students, was formed to extinguish the blaze, a call was put in to a nearby volunteer fire department instead of the city department. They responded but didn’t have enough pressure in the hoseline to reach the fire. As the fire grew in intensity, several boys ran a half-mile and pulled a city alarm box. While in route to the fire, the captain of Truck 8 stopped at the box and banged in a second alarm. The chief engineer struck a third-alarm, as the school became totally involved in fire. After the main body of fire was knocked down, several firefighters entered the building to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire. Without warning, the balcony crashed down, trapping eight of the men under tons of rubble. A couple of the men suffered minor injuries and were able to get out under their own power, but the others were far more seriously injured and had to be dug out. It was discovered that two of the men had been killed instantly by a falling girder.”

4/24/1959 an Albany, New York firefighter was killed while operating at a three-alarm fire in a furniture warehouse.

4/24/1972 Los Angeles County, CA firefighter died while fighting a fire at the National Lumber and Supply building. Five firefighters “wearing air masks, had chopped a hole in the wall of the National Lumber and Supply building plant at 17326 Woodruff Avenue, and took a hose to try and prevent the flames from spreading. Flames and thick smoke burst through an inner door and set the area ablaze just after the firefighters entered. Four of the firefighter, unable to see through the smoke, believed he was with them as they grabbed the hoseline and followed it out of the building. Once outside the blazing structure they realized that he had not come out. By the time they reached the outside of the structure, a portion of the roof had collapsed on the area, and the heat and flames prevented a rescue attempt. The fire was believed to have been an arson.”

4/24/1977 a Peoria, AZ firefighter “was electrocuted while trying to get a cat off a power pole.”

4/24/2013 a Bangladesh commercial building that housed five garment factories, several shops, and a bank collapsed and caught fire; an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh. The death toll was reported at 1,127 with approximately 2,500 injured. Warnings to avoid using the building after cracks appeared the day before had been ignored. Garment workers were ordered to return the following day. The building collapsed during the morning rush-hour; several fires broke out after the collapse. Dhaka, the home of more than 4,000 garment factories, where the minimum wage is $38 a month.

4/24/2013 two natural gas barges exploded in Mobile, AL and burned during cleaning that injured three. Firefighters and the USCG responded to four explosions on the two fuel barges in the Mobile River. The explosion came two months after the 900-foot-long Triumph was towed to Mobile after becoming disabled during a cruise by an engine room fire, leaving thousands of passengers to endure cold food, unsanitary conditions and power outages.

4/24/2013 four children were killed in S.C. mobile home fire near the South Carolina city of Hartsville. Firefighters took about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire and then found the victims in the charred interior of the home. The fire broke out on a street lined with mobile homes near Hartsville, a city of about 8,000 people about 60 miles east of the state capital of Columbia.

2/24/2012 five were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Oxon Hill, MD.

2/24/2011 six people died after a fast burning fire tore through a Vancouver, Washington home.

4/24/1913 Courtney, Pennsylvania a terrific mine explosion occurred at the Cincinnati mine of the Monongahela River Coal company that entombed 250 men.

4/24/1907 Parkville, MO Park College fire destroyed Sherwood Hall, a large three-story frame dormitory and a large one-story frame building used as a dining room for the dormitory.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Montana Highway Contractor After Hot Asphalt Burns Three Workers in Laurel

OSHA - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 07:00
April 23, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Montana Highway Contractor After Hot Asphalt Burns Three Workers in Laurel
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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/23

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 03:33

4/23/1940 the Rhythm Club fire killed 207 (209) and injured more than 200 of the over 700 patrons listening to music in Natchez, MS on St. Catherine Street. The fire started around 11:45 p.m. in the hamburger stand next to the lobby of the one-story wood frame corrugated steel-clad 4,560 square foot (200’ long) building with only one functioning 3’ inward opening exit door. The windows were nailed shut and the back door was padlocked and boarded shut. The dance hall was a converted blacksmith shop that once had been used as a church, near business district. The fire reportedly began when a discarded match or cigarette ignited the flammable interior finish including dried Spanish moss hanging from the ceiling quickly spread fire trapping the occupants. The Spanish moss draped over interior rafters as a decoration had been sprayed with petroleum-based insecticide. Dense smoke made movement difficult and many died from smoke inhalation. Some occupants were crushed by the crowd attempting to escape. “The fire began as members of the local Moneywasters Social Club were enjoying the song “Clarinet Lullaby”, performed by Walter Barnes and His Royal Creolians orchestra from Chicago.” The Rhythm Club fire is the forgotten nightclub fire. “The club had been a Negro club, staffed and owned by Negroes, patronized by Negroes and the tragedy was not taken as seriously in 1940. Mississippi was still a segregated state, plagued by the Jim Crow laws.”

4/23/1904 three Newark, NJ firefighters died from injuries they received at a three-alarm fire at Box 323. “On April 23, a three-alarm fire, Box 323, for the Weiner Company, a five-story brick factory collapsed, while firefighters were operating at the fire in a hardware factory. During the early stages of the blaze, the three top floors of the five-story brick factory building collapsed without warning, burying a score of firefighters under tons of rubble, killing two firefighters immediately and third died on April 24th and six firefighters had to retire on disability pensions because of injuries rendering them unable to perform their duties.”

4/23/1908 a Waukegan, IL firefighter was fatally injured while fighting a late-night fire at the North Shore Electric Company. “The fire started at a switchboard in the plant and spread quickly, before the on-duty engineer was able to shut off all of the generators and other machinery. The fire department arrived on scene at 11:18 p/m. Within minutes the fire burned through the belt on a large flywheel that was still operating. The flywheel, more than twenty feet in diameter, broke loose, shattered, and sent pieces crashing through the plant walls. Pieces of the wheel were scattered throughout the neighborhood, including a five-ton piece that was hurled more than one block. The injured firefighter was pulling a hose line into the plant when he was struck by the flywheel’s spoke as it burst through the plant wall. He was caught in the spoke as it rolled away from the plant and plowed through two walls of the nearby Waukegan Ice Company, where it struck and killed a spectator.”

4/23/1910 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of burns sustained while operating at a fire.

4/23/1915 seven Milwaukee, WI firefighters were poisoned by arsenic fumes, all were sent to the hospital. “A small fire at the Sheffield Standard Plating Company on the second floor of 206-208 Canal Street was caused by a thirty-two-gallon cauldron was filled with bubbling chemicals which were boiling and giving off the deadly fumes. Firefighters bailed the cauldron out until they could lift it, and then emptied its contents into the sewer. The wooden floor was smoldering, but there was no fire. A Deputy Chief got one whiff of the fumes which poured from the quarters and then ordered the men of Engine 31 and Truck 6 to get out of the place at once. Some chemicals were giving off fumes which the Chief recognized as containing arsenic, and although there was no fire, he knew that the fumes were more deadly than any smoke or flame. Several hours later he himself was overcome by the poison and five men had been taken to the hospitals. Two firefighters of Truck 6 succumbed in the quarters of their company at 77 Canal Street and were removed to Gouveneur Hospital. A Battalion Chief and firefighter, also of Truck 6, became ill later and were hurried to the hospital also. Then an alarm came in for a small fire in the upper stories of a rear building back of 17 John Street. A firefighter was working there when he sank down. The Fire Department surgeon said he was suffering from poison received at the first fire and sent him to Volunteer Hospital. A Captain of Fire Patrol 1 was also taken sick in quarters, but was not removed to the hospital. Then Doctor said he and the Deputy Chief were not as badly affected as the others and probably would recover without going to a hospital. The Chief said that the Canal Street blaze was like a fire in Milwaukee two years ago, after which twelve firefighters, none of whom complained while fighting the fire, died within twenty-four hours of poisoning.”

4/23/1929 a Louisville, KY firefighter “fell through a skylight at the Jacobs Shoe Company while battling a blaze there. Thirteen other firefighters were injured.”

4/23/1940 a Baltimore, MD firefighter died at a three-story brick grain warehouse heavily involved in fire. “Lines were set up around the building and water was poured on the four-alarm blaze for an hour, when a bulge was noticed in a wall. The members of Truck 6 were ordered to remove the tangle of hose from its extended aerial ladder, so it could be lowered. As four firefighters reached the roof, one of the walls fell with a deafening roar, pulling down the roof with it. The four men clung to the aerial ladder for dear life as a fireball shot from the interior of the building into the sky. Seconds later, another wall fell out onto the street, crushing Truck 6’s rig to the ground. The aerial stood straight for a moment, and then, as tons of rubble piled onto the truck, it began to bend until it snapped off at the turntable, pitching the four men into the blazing wreckage of the warehouse. Disregarding their own safety, firefighters ran into the burning rubble and dug out the four unconscious men. Three of the men were seriously injured and they were rushed to the hospital. The fourth man was found to be dead, his body broken by the fall into the burning debris from the top of the aerial ladder.”

4/23/1996 an Omaha, Nebraska firefighter was killed when the roof collapsed on him at a 4-alarm fire in a commercial building (Dollar General). The firefighter “became trapped in the burning store after unseen fire in the false ceiling caused the roof to collapse. Firefighters made several attempts to enter the store to rescue him, but were pushed back each time by the rapidly escalating blaze. After about 20 minutes, he was rescued and rushed to the hospital, where he later died as a result of smoke inhalation, burns, and severe internal injuries. A 15-year-old was arrested suspected of arson.”

4/23/1910 Lake Charles, LA a fire that started about 4:00 p.m. destroyed most of this city of 15,000 inhabitants leaving 5,000 persons homeless. “A fire destroyed seven city blocks in Lake Charles, Louisiana, causing over $750,000 in property damage. The fire started behind a row of buildings on Ryan Street including the unoccupied Opera House, Gunn’s Bookstore, and a soft drink stand. The fire spread down Ryan Street to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Historic City Hall, and the Parish Courthouse, eventually destroying a swath of downtown two blocks wide and half a mile long to the southeast. The fire raged for four hours and consumed 109 commercial buildings, residences, government offices, and churches.”

4/23/1884 Greenville, TX a fire that started around 3:30 a.m. in a wood frame grocery store on Lee Street spread to several buildings.

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U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Hospital Employees Exposed to Workplace Violence Hazards

OSHA - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:00
April 22, 2019   U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Hospital Employees Exposed to Workplace Violence Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor, Workplace Safety Organizations Announce 6th Annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down

OSHA - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:00
April 22, 2019 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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Celebrate Earth Day with Sparky the Fire Dog

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:00
  Each year, Earth Day (April 22) marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in the 1970s. Now, more than 5,000 environmental groups in more than 180 countries reach out to hundreds of millions of people in a show of
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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/22

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 03:53

4/22/1869 a Baltimore, MD firefighter “died in agony as a result of painful injuries sustained in the wall collapse on April 17th. One leg was severely burned from his hip to his heel, and he suffered internal injuries. As firefighters reached him in the debris, he told them he was okay and to move onto others that needed their help more. He told them this as he lay alongside a burning timber.”

4/22/1883 a Memphis, TN firefighter died “while operating at a fire involving a saloon, he was killed instantly when a wall collapsed, throwing him against the wall of an adjacent store. A firefighter was also critically injured and died November 14, 1884 as a result of injuries sustained.”

4/22/1911 an Evansville, IN firefighter “died from his injuries after coming into contact with falling electric lines with a ladder he was carrying, while operating at a fire at the Fischer Brother’s Grocery Store, and the Simpson M.E. Church. The Mayor requested that power companies keep an expert representative on duty to attend to all fires in the city. This policy is still in place today”

4/22/1931 a Dallas, TX firefighter “was knocked from a ladder by falling debris and fell thirty feet to the ground striking on his head while operating at a house fire at 232 North Marsalis Avenue. He was pinned beneath a burning gable that had collapsed. He received a fractured skull and internal injuries which caused his death at the Methodist hospital.”

4/22/1990 a Cornelia, Georgia firefighter “was wetting down a wooded area surrounding an abandoned house fire (arson) when he fell into uncovered well. Initially Firefighters had voice contact but could not see him due to the smoke in the well. Rescue attempts were made with fire hose, ladders, and rescue personnel. Ultimately, a dive specialist retrieved his body from the bottom of the well.”

4/22/1993 an Alamogordo, New Mexico, US Forest Service firefighter “died after being overrun by a brush fire that originated from a controlled burn. The fire was in day 3 of a 4-day plan when it exceeded its prescribed boundaries due to a rapid wind shift. He was overrun by a 50-foot wall of flame; the other members of the crew either avoided the flames or successfully deployed their fire shelters.”

4/22/2004 a Chesterfield, South Carolina firefighter died while fighting a major fire in a community center. He was assisting with hose line deployment on a sloping hill side while wearing full structural personal protective clothing.

4/22/2018 four adults and two children were killed in a morning house fire in Alcoa Tennessee. Twenty-nine firefighters responded to the single-story home at 885 N. Wright Road after someone called E-911 to report the blaze at 5:24 a.m. Crews began battling “heavy fire conditions,” and within five to eight minutes, the flames “were brought under control enough to do search and rescue.” Firefighters’ found two people dead inside the home. They rescued another four people from the burning house.

4/22/ 2004 a train fire and explosion in Ryongchon, North Korea killed at least 160 and leveled several buildings.

4/22/1992 a series of gas explosions in the sewer killed more than 200 and damage 1,000 buildings in Guadalajara Mexico. “A subsequent investigation found that a leaky water pipe had caused a gas pipeline below it to rust. The gas then leaked into a sewer line, where it set off the powerful blasts.”

4/22/1938 the Keen Mountain coal mine explosion killed forty-five near Hanger, VA.

4/22/1909 much of the business district of Liberty, TX was destroyed by fire.

4/22/1901 St. Marys WV a fire in the Commercial Hotel, situated in the lower part of town, killed three men and a boy around 1:45 a.m. “it is thought that the fire came from an explosion of gas.”

4/22/1896 several buildings were damaged by fire in Danbury, CT.

4/22/1879 a fire in the town of Anna, IL destroyed 12 buildings.

4/22/1964 the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair opened with over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, from 80 nations, 24 US states, and over 45 corporations build exhibits or attractions in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY that covered 646 acres on half the park. The fair’s theme “Peace Through Understanding”, dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”. “The theme was symbolized by a 12-story-high, stainless-steel model of the earth called the Unisphere.” The fair ran for two six-month seasons, April 22 – October 18, 1964, and April 21 – October 17, 1965. … “How do you provide fire protection for 646 acres of 200 “temporary” structures with 30,000 full-time employees and an expected 250,000 visitors during each 14-hour day? The 1964 World’s Fair Corporation engaged Pinkerton’s International Detective Agency to provide a number of essential services at the Fair, including fire protection. To raise a cadre of qualified and experienced fire fighters for this temporary engagement, Pinkerton’s turned to the retirees of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). In all, 100 seasoned men were hired, and a full-fledged World’s Fair Fire Department was formed. … The fire department was commanded by former FDNY Assistant Chief Thomas P. O’Brien. Chief O’Brien also had one Assistant Chief, retired FDNY Battalion Chief James E. Gowdy. A Manual was written for the department that resembled that of any other organized fire department and was clearly modeled after that of the FDNY, though much abbreviated. … Three pumpers and one rescue truck, specially designed by Chief O’Brien, were each manned by one Captain, three Lieutenants, and twenty firefighters on a platoon system. The pumpers were manufactured by H&H Apparatus of Jersey City, New Jersey. They were built on 1962 Willy’s chassis (original makers of the world famous “Jeeps”) and were equipped with a 500 gallon-per-minute pump, nearly 2,000 feet of hose, ladders and an assortment of fire fighting and rescue tools. The trucks had to be a slim 17 feet wide so that they could be driven down any of the Fair’s streets; the smallest of which was 20 feet wide. Not traditional “fire engine red,” these trucks were painted in the Fair’s blue and orange colors. They were deployed in three fire stations situated around the perimeter of the Fairgrounds; one on the northwest area at the Security Building, one on the northeast side and one near the aquacade on the south side of the Long Island Expressway. In addition, the WFFD provided a chauffeur for each of the four ambulances of the World’s Fair Medical Department. Few of the Fair’s visitors were aware that they were protected by this unique professional group. The fire department was disbanded at the Fair’s conclusion in 1965 and its equipment was sold.”

4/22/1915, German forces release more than 150 tons of lethal chlorine gas against Allied soldiers in Ypres, Belgium.

 

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ST. LOUIS FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 20:58

By KSDK:

One firefighter sustained minor injuries while fighting an early morning fire in the 4800 block of Nebraska on Easter Sunday morning.

First responders arrived on the scene of a fire inside a 15-unit apartment building. Heavy fire and smoke were visible. Firefighters were able to rescue 7 people including one child, and two pets.

The injured firefighter was transported to the hospital. The fire department says the first responder will be alright.

Read the full story here.

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED- NJ CONDO FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 17:52

Flames shot through a Sea Isle City, New Jersey property into adjacent properties Sunday morning.

The fire broke out just after 5 a.m. on the 200 block of 75th Street.

Officials said the fire started in one home and the wind whipped the fire to the neighboring properties.

Several fire companies, including Strathmere, Oceanview, Seaville and Avalon, were on location helping Sea Isle City firefighters battle the blaze.

Officials said a firefighter from Sea Isle City Fire Department suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze. He was taken by ambulance to Cape Regional Hospital. There is no word on his condition at this time.

The fire was placed under control at 6:11 a.m.

According to investigators, four residential units were a “total loss.”

The incident is under investigation by the Cape May County Fire Marshall, the Cape May County Prosecutors Office and the Sea Isle city prosecutors Office and the Sea Isle City Police Department.

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NC FIREHOUSE DAMAGED BY SEVERE WEATHER

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 11:36

Usually, the Thomasville Fire Department is going to emergencies, not dealing with them at their own station. But that’s exactly what happened Friday afternoon after severe weather hit the Piedmont Triad.

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The fire department took the brunt of the storm while firefighters were out helping others. Powerful winds ripped apart their roof at the fire station. Pieces were scattered across the road, some even damaged their vehicles in the parking lot. One vehicle had a cracked windshield and damage to the front end. Some firefighters were inside when it happened.

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT HOSTESS PLANT FIRE IN KS

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 11:33

A firefighter reportedly suffered minor injuries Saturday morning battling a blaze that forced the evacuation of the Hostess plant in Emporia.

Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Eron Steinlage told KVOE radio the fire started in a donut fryer on the ground floor near a north wall. Firefighters needed to take positions atop the building after flames moved up the approximately 20 foot wall to the roof.

It took them approximately 90 minutes to get the fire under control, KVOE reported. The firefighter’s injuries were described as minor and the firefighter was taken to the hospital for observation.

Investigators have not released any estimates on the amount of damaged caused by the blaze, but significant cleanup is necessary.

The main facility for producing Twinkies, the plant also makes Coffee Cakes, Cup Cakes, Snoballs and more. There is no word on if production has resumed.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/21

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 04:11

4/21/1926 the Marsh Wood Products fire in Milwaukee, WI killed six firefighters; over the course of the next few days six firefighters died from this fire. “Firefighters had responded to a wood products plant for a report of a fire in the boiler room, where a huge bin held tons of sawdust that was used for fuel. The plant had been closed for a week and no fire was visible upon arrival of firefighters. The Chief and the company president went to the roof and peered down through a scuttle. Several sprinkler heads had activated and were operating, and there was a thin haze of smoke throughout the boiler room, but there were no visible flames. The members of Engine 14 and Truck 8 were ordered to dig through the smoldering sawdust in the bin while the remaining fire companies were ordered to take up. Suddenly, there was a blinding flash and a dozen men became human torches as they were covered with flaming sawdust. Apparently, by their shoveling and use of a hose line, the firefighters had stirred up just enough dust to create a deadly mixture that exploded violently. Bystanders grabbed the first couple of men that staggered out and threw them to the ground, where they worked on smothering the flames that enveloped them. More men came running out screaming in agony as the flames burned their turnout gear off their bodies. Before any ambulances could reach the scene, private cars were commandeered to take the severely burned victims to the hospital, where a makeshift triage area was hastily set up and priests began to administer last rites. The first firefighter died later that day and the second died late that night, after talking and laughing with the priest. Of the other firefighters injured, two died the next day, the fifth died April 24th, and the last man died May 1st. The building had been the scene of several fires, including one in the same sawdust bin two years earlier.”

4/21/1955 a Washington DC firefighter died “while attempting to vent the roof during a three-alarm fire in a two-story basket factory in the 1300 block of Linden Court N.E. He fell through the fire-weakened roof and into the heart of the fire. Despite the efforts of a score of his co-workers, who fought valiantly through the flames to reach him, he died as a result of severe burns and smoke inhalation.”

4/21/1990 a Hollywood, South Carolina firefighter “died after a wall collapsed on him, while fighting a fire at the Ravenel Town Hall.”

4/21/1930 Ohio Penitentiary Fire in Columbus, Ohio claimed the lives of 322 inmates after candle ignited some oily rags left on the roof of the West Block. The fire was discovered just after prisoners were locked into their cells for the evening. Three prisoners, hoping to create a diversion to escape started the fire, two of the three committed suicide in the months following the fire, in 1930; the prison inmate population was twice capacity.

4/21/2015 a faulty solar panel on the roof of the Hove Town Hall (UK) started a fire in the early afternoon; no injuries were reported. “The source of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault with a solar panel on the roof…Brighton & Hove City Council will check all solar panels on all council buildings following this incident.” “In contrast to the power used by conventional mains electrical equipment, the power that PV (photovoltaic) systems generate is DC (direct current) and parts of the system cannot be switched off. DC installations have a continuous current, making them more hazardous (volt for volt) than normal AC (alternating current) electrical installations.” “Firefighters need to consider the additional roof loading of the array, especially when the purlins/rafters etc. are fire-damaged or water-laden. They also need to consider the fact that DC string cables may be running down through the property from a system that, during daylight hours, is producing voltages anywhere between 400VDC to 1000VDC, and currents between 1A (amps) and 10A, depending on the nature of the installation and the irradiance present. Furthermore, solar PV modules are manufactured to include a number of potentially hazardous chemicals and materials which may be released as a side-effect of the fire damage. All of these considerations, and more, can lead to the fire service deciding that the level of risk and uncertainty is too high to justify dealing with the property fire at all – resulting in some instances where properties have been literally left to burn out.”

4/21/2012 Rayne, LA four children left unattended in a mobile home died in a house fire.

4/21/1880 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden Collapse, killed several when a floor used for dancing pushed out the wall that was supporting it at 9:30 p.m. during the Hahnemann Hospital fair with about 800 people in the building.

4/21/1899 one hundred eleven buildings were destroyed by fire in Dawson, YT.

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EIGHT ARIZ. FIREFIGHTERS HURT IN HAZMAT EXPLOSION

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 12:25

By Ellie Nakamoto-White, Arizona Republic:

Eight firefighters were injured Friday night in an explosion at an Arizona Public Service facility in Surprise.

Four Peoria firefighters were the most seriously hurt, with three flown to Maricopa County Medical Center’s burn unit in Phoenix, said Michael Selmer, a Peoria Fire Department spokesman. One was in critical condition. The fourth was taken to a West Valley hospital.

In addition, four other firefighters for the city of Surprise were taken to a hospital for evaluation of less serious injuries, said Battalion Chief Julie Moore of the Surprise Fire Department.

The explosion occurred at the APS McMicken Energy Storage facility near Grand Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Surprise on Friday evening. The facility houses utility-sized batteries on the site used in the storage and distribution of solar energy, according to the APS website.

Read the full story here.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/20

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 02:47

4/20/2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill or the Gulf of Mexico oil spill) and drilling rig explosion, killed eleven platform workers and injured seventeen others that was finally stopped 7/15/10 when the wellhead capped, after releasing about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. “During March and early April, several platform workers and supervisors expressed concerns with well control. At approximately 9:45 p.m. methane gas from the well, under high pressure, shot all the way up and out of the drill column, expanded onto the platform, and then ignited and exploded. Fire then engulfed the platform.”

4/20/1999 the Columbine (CO) High School massacre left thirteen dead and twenty-three wounded after two students went on a shooting rampage about 11:20 a.m.

4/20/1942 a Litchfield, IL firefighter died while fighting a fire at the old Litchfield Foundry. “The alarm was received at 7:20 p.m. He and other members of his company were among the first firefighters on scene and they immediately attacked the fire. The firefighter had been operating a hoseline on the south side of the building for about 30 minutes when he collapsed. Two other firefighters carried him to an automobile and drove him to St. Francis Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Investigations later showed that the heat was so intense where he was working at the south side of the building that windows one block south had cracked because of the heat.”

4/20/1946 a Boston, MA firefighter collapsed during a fire on April 19th, at the rear of Keystone Manufacturing Co. factory on Hallet Street, Dorcester. He died from those injuries.”

4/20/2000 a Center Point, Alabama firefighter died while fighting a fire in a single-family residential structure that included a full basement. “Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke showing from the structure and found that the fire was in the basement. Firefighters attempted to reach the fire through the garage door (which opened into the basement) but were unsuccessful in locating the seat of the fire. A positive-pressure fan was placed at the garage door. Another team of three firefighters, including the one who died, advanced an attack line through the front door of the residence. On their initial entry into the residence, they were unable to locate any fire. The crew withdrew, found that a positive-pressure fan had been placed at the front door, and returned to explore another area of the house. The victim was at the nozzle as the hoseline was advanced into the second entry on the main floor of the residence. As the line was advanced, he fell through the floor into the area of the basement that was involved in fire. Other firefighters helped as he attempted to jump back to the first floor from the basement, but his efforts were unsuccessful. Firefighters attempted to lower a scuttle hole ladder into the hole but the location of the hole and the sagging of the first floor into the basement prevented its use. Firefighters instructed him to use the hoseline to protect himself as they attempted to rescue him through the basement. An attack team entered the basement and fought their way to the room that contained the trapped firefighter. He was removed from the basement and received ALS medical treatment immediately. He was transported by ground and air ambulances to a hospital in nearby Birmingham. He was treated in the emergency room but was pronounced dead.”

4/20/2017 a, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while operating in a fire in a second-floor apartment in a five-story apartment building at 1615 Putnam Avenue in Queens. He was assigned as his unit’s outside ventilation firefighter, was accessing the roof of the structure when he fell five stories. The firefighter was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where he succumbed to the injuries sustained in the fall.”

4/20/2013 a mother and four children were killed in house fire outside Atlanta. GA, the only survivor was an 11-year-old girl who escaped after the mother woke her up and told her to run; the fire started just after 1:00 a.m. in the suburb of Newnan. The state fire marshal’s office ruled that it was an electrical fire and an accident; investigators believe a faulty breaker in the electrical panel started the fire.

4/20/1971 the Imperial Hotel fire killed twenty-four in Bangkok, Thailand, believed to have started after a cook fell asleep falling asleep while fixing food.

4/20/1914 The Colorado National Guard attacked a shantytown and burn it to the ground in Ludlow, CO occupied by 1200 striking coal trying to win the right to organize, nineteen people died.

4/20/1905 the main building of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN was destroyed by fire while 300 students were engaged in class work shortly before noon.

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PARK SERVICE RELEASES CARR FIRE REPORT

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 17:34

By Elita Goyer and Lorraine Dechter, Action News:

The National Park Service has released their After Action Review (AAR) report on the Carr Fire to share the lessons learned. The fire ignited on July 23, 2018 and there were many interagency partners who contributed to the review. Some of the agencies who partnered with the National Park Service were CAL FIRE, Redding Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Over the course of five weeks, the Carr Fire burned 229,651 acres in and around Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Redding, CA and caused over 1.6 billion dollars in damages. Investigators determined that a mechanical failure of a privately owned travel trailer caused the fire.

The review focused on interagency cooperation, interagency management, incident administration and finance, and post-fire response.

Open dialogue was cited as one of factors  that led to success in response to firefighter deaths and other incidents occurring during the incident.

Firefighters believe this fire will serve as a model for fighting futures, mainly because of the interagency communication.

Read the full story and report here.

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