Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:00

Three firefighters were aboard a fire engine when it crashed into a ditch in Bonsall Thursday morning, Cal Fire officials said.

Video showed the Deer Springs Fire Department Engine 11 on its side in the ditch at N. Old Highway 395 between Gopher Canyon and Lilac roads around 6:15 a.m.

The firefighters were able to get out of the damaged truck on their own and were taken a hospital to be evaluated as a precaution, authorities said. They were later released from the hospital.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, according to Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez.

The roads were slick in the area due to a winter storm moving through San Diego County. Motorists were urged to avoid Old Highway 395 between Circle R Drive and Camino Del Rey.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:44

Two people were injured when a home in the Nutbush area exploded after catching fire Wednesday evening.

“I was just four streets over doing my yard and I heard a loud boom and the next thing I know I hear fire trucks coming,” said Donnie Bishop.

Firefighters were already at the scene when the house exploded around 5 p.m.

Of the two people injured, firefighters said one went to the hospital while another left the scene. That man had serious facial and neck burns, said Lt. Robert Ilsley with the Memphis Fire Department.

“I can’t really confirm that this was their home that was on fire, but they were in the front yard trying to put it out with a garden hose when we got here,” Ilsley said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for hours after the explosion, knocking out bits of wall in search of any hidden fires. It took a lot of effort for them to even reach the inside of the house.

“We had to put out a lot of fire just to make entry and we still weren’t sure if we had a rescue or not,” Ilsley said.

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Video shows blast at North Memphis home

WARNING: Graphic WREG obtained video that shows an explosion at a home in the 1300 block of Maria in North Memphis. The fire department says two people were taken to the hospital with mid-level burns.

Posted by WREG News Channel 3 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:41

James Bulerin III has dreamt of following in his father’s footprints and becoming a city firefighter. But city officials have dashed those dreams because Bulerin has a medical marijuana card and tested positive for the drug. Recommended Video “The city has disqualified him from being a firefighter which is a clear violation of the state law,” said Bulerin’s lawyer, Thomas Bucci, who this week filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on his client’s behalf. “As long as he is not using the drug during working hours, he can’t be denied an employment opportunity,” Bucci said. A hearing on the suit is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Superior Court here and, depending on a judge’s decision, the case could end up before the state Supreme Court — which has not yet reviewed the state’s medical marijuana law. Assistant City Attorney John Bohannon confirmed that he will argue the case for the city but declined comment until the hearing. On May 31, 2012, Connecticut became the 17th state in the country to approve medical marijuana when Gov. Dannell Malloy signed HB 5389, “An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana,” or PUMA. Under the state law, “No employer may refuse to hire a person or may discharge, penalize (,) or threaten an employee solely on the basis of such person’s or employee’s status as a qualifying patient or primary caregiver.” “There is no exception for public safety positions,” Bucci said. And while the state’s highest court has yet to render an opinion on the law, Bucci said a federal judge has already upheld it. That case involved a Connecticut woman who used marijuana to treat PTSD. She received a job offer from a nursing home, but when she tested positive for cannabis on a pre-employment drug test, her job offer was rescinded. She then sued under PUMA. There are currently 27,340 patients in the state’s medical marijuana program, nine dispensing facilities and 30 conditions approved for medical marijuana. In his lawsuit, Bucci stats that Bulerin passed all the eligibility requirements to become a city firefighter but then volunteered that he has a medical marijuana card after a medical exam determined he had marijuana in his system. In a letter obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media to Bulerin on Jan. 23, City Personnel Director David Dunn states: “You were offered conditional employment as an entry level firefighter with the City of Bridgeport, contingent upon passing all pre-employment screens. This is to advise you that you tested positive for marijuana and this conditional offer is being rescinded effective immediately. You will not be moving forward in this process and your name has been removed from the eligibility list.” Bucci said his client has been using medical marijuana for six months. He would not disclose the condition Bulerin takes the marijuana for but said that condition would not affect his ability to serve as a firefighter. “The plaintiff did not lack any of the established qualification requirements for the position of firefighter in the Bridgeport Fire Department; the plaintiff is physically fit to effectively perform the duties of the position of firefighter,” the lawsuit states. “He has satisfied the physical requirements for the position and passed the physical agility component of the selection process; the plaintiff is not addicted to the habitual use of drugs or intoxicating liquors.” Bulerin’s father, James Bulerin Jr., became a city firefighter since 2009 after initially being rejected for having a minor criminal record.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 03:48

2/14/2000 Houston, TX two firefighters lost their lives in a McDonald’s restaurant arson fire at 12602 Bissonnet. The fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. Engine 76 was the first fire fighting unit on the scene 8 minutes later and reported 6-foot flames visible from the roof. The flames appeared as if they might be venting from an exhaust fan, possibly indicating a grease fire. The captain ordered his firefighters to advance an attack line into the interior of the structure for fire control. No fire was visible in the interior of the restaurant. The firefighters from Engine 76 were joined by other firefighters who also advanced attack lines to the interior. At 4:52 a.m., the incident commander ordered all firefighters out of the building in order to transition to a defensive attack mode. The flames visible from the roof had grown to 30 feet in height, and fire had become visible in the kitchen area of the restaurant. Moments later, the captain from Engine 76 concluded that his firefighters were missing and notified the incident commander. A second alarm was requested at 5:02 a.m. and rescue attempts were begun. A number of rescue attempts were made. At 5:27 a.m., the incident commander struck a third alarm. Shortly thereafter, a ladder company opened the rear door of the restaurant and made access to the back of the kitchen area. A PASS device had been heard alarming in the kitchen area, and a firefighter was able to see a downed firefighter as he looked into the back door. A firefighter was discovered with his facepiece in-place, his regulator not connected to the facepiece, and with his SCBA partially removed and entangled in wires. He was removed, treated at the scene, in the ambulance, and at the hospital. Despite these efforts, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Given the amount of time that had passed and the likelihood that a second firefighter was buried in debris, the search effort transitioned into a recovery mode. The missing firefighter was found at approximately 7:13 a.m. within 6 feet of the rear door of the restaurant. She was entangled in wires and a pair of wire cutters were found near her body. She was wearing an SCBA but the status of her facepiece and regulator could not be determined. Both firefighters died of asphyxia due to smoke inhalation. The fire was intentionally set by a group of juveniles attempting to conceal a burglary attempt. Four individuals were convicted of crimes with sentences ranging from 2 to 35 years.”

2/14/1995 three Pittsburgh, PA firefighters died from asphyxiation when they ran out of air while operating a hose line in the basement, and three other firefighters were injured at the Bricelyn Street fire after becoming separated from other crews and the stairwell collapsed. “Investigations by the City of Pittsburgh and others after the fire indicated that problems with incident command and accountability were key factors contributing to the firefighters’ deaths. Other factors included a possible lack of crew integrity and a failure of the crew to take emergency survival actions that may have helped them escape. All of the deceased firefighters were wearing PASS devices that were found in the “off” position. The fire was incendiary, and a suspect was arrested.”

2/14/1962 two Chicago FD firefighters (chiefs) died at an apartment building fire on E. 70th Street. Chief Robert J. O’Brien, head of the fire prevention bureau, and Battalion Chief Thomas A. Hoff were killed when the fire-weakened building collapsed. “A fire was reported in the basement of the apartment building shortly after 11:00 a.m. Firefighters responded to the scene and successfully extinguished most of the flames. At approximately 12:35 p.m., while firefighters were searching the apartments for trapped victims, the roof of the building began to sag, and the west wall started to lean inward. Fire Commissioner Robert J. Quinn ordered all firefighters to evacuate the building, but the roof caved in before all of the firefighters could escape.” The story of Thomas Hoff, Bob, and his older brother Ray, served as the basis for the movie “Backdraft”

2/14/1958 six Manhattan, NY, firefighters died at the Wooster Street Collapse, Box 55-334, 137-9 Wooster Street, between West Houston and Prince Street. “Two-FDNY firefighters venting the roof, and four member of Fire Patrol # 1 placing salvage covers were buried alive when all floors and the roof suddenly collapsed in a burning six-story, 80×100 foot, heavy timber construction, loft building in “Hells’ hundred acres” lower Manhattan. The fire occurred at 10:15 p.m. in a baled paper storage building. The fire started on the first floor and traveled up the shaft to the top floor. Floors 2 to 6 and the roof collapsed in the one-hundred-year-old, commercial storage building that was constructed with cast iron columns on the lower floors supporting heavy timber, wood columns and wood girders on the upper floors. The age of the building, overloaded floors (heavy storage of large rolled paper), fire destruction, water weight from hose streams, failure of cast iron columns contributed to the collapse.

“Hells Hundred Acres: There is an area in lower Manhattan where so many firefighters have been killed battling fires it was named Hell’s Hundred Acres. This area contains century old buildings built around the time of the civil war. Rag storage, baled goods, paper rolls and heavy machinery overloaded the sagging floors of these hundred-year-old storage buildings. Creaking wooden stairs lead down to old stone walled sub cellars. During fires, floors firefighters water filled cellars drown firefighters; backdraft explosions blow firefighters out windows. Hells Hundred Acres is an area bounded by Chamber Street on the south, the Bowery on the east, West Broadway on the west and West 8th Street on the north. Today, this area has become a fashionable art district; the rag storage buildings have been replaced with wealthy artist residents. Many of the buildings are now renovated and sprinklered. But the buildings are the same deadly, century old, and structures. The wood timber floors rotting, brick mortar turning to sand, rusted old, iron fire escapes collapsing and cast-iron columns ready to shatter and cave in during a fire.”

2/14/1930 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire in an unoccupied candy stand at Coney Island.

2/14/1921 a Houston, Texas firefighter died, while operating at a building fire just north of downtown on Baker Street. “When the fire department arrived at the Texas Lamp and Oil Company, the large building was fully engulfed with flames. A second alarm was immediately sounded, and soon after that; a third alarm was requested. The lack of water supply in the area prompted the fire crews to drag hose line through a narrow alley way to reach the burning building. The victim, along with the other crew members, entered the alley way with two hose lines in order to gain access to the burning building. Meanwhile, another crew had opened a door on the other side of the building. This caused a backdraft and three barrels of denatured alcohol to explode, blowing out the wall bordering the alley trapping eight firefighters. The falling wall did not kill the victim; however, the heavy lamp oil smoke suffocated him. The cause of this fire that caused one hundred thousand dollars-worth of damage to three business was faulty electrical wiring.”

2/14/1909 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died of injuries he received while working at a fire at the Standard Oil Company’s Pratt Oil Works plant when a wall had collapsed. He and four other firefighters were buried by the debris; he had been hit with a thick stone cornice which was mounted on the upper edge of the wall. The heavy stone, broke his back, and both legs. The other four firefighters were seriously injured but survived. “The complex was located on Kent Avenue from North 12th Street to Newtown Creek and along the East River. The fire building was two-stories high and measured 75 feet wide by 100 feet along the water with a 75 by 300-foot building and pier abutting it going into the East River. This building was used to pack cans of oil, naphtha and benzene, that were placed in cardboard boxes and shipped.”

2/14/1909 a Lockport, New York firefighter while operating at the fire was killed when he was caught under a collapsing stone wall. “A fire started in the boiler room of a factory and spread to the elevator shaft, rapidly sent flames throughout all six floors of the doomed factory. Poor water pressure greatly hampered firefighters, who could do little more than save the exposures.”

2/14/1908 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “drowned at a three-alarm fire in a five-story brick loft building, when he walked through a trapdoor in the cellar and fell into the flooded sub-cellar.”

2/14/1852 a Boston, Massachusetts firefighter “died from injuries received on February 12, 1852, during a fire at Isaiah Howe’s building at 20 Kingston Street, Downtown, when he was caught under a wall that had collapsed. Several other department members were badly injured.

2/14/2015 Gogama, Ontario, 29 cars of a Canadian National oil train derail and a fire engulfs seven cars. No injuries are reported.

2/14/2014 a predawn fire in a north Minneapolis, MN in a102-year-old, two-plus story duplex killed five, including three children, and injured several others, of the fifteen residents. The fire is believed to have started on the second floor shortly after 5:00 a.m. “City records show an inspection report last summer called for repairs to smoke detectors in the unit, among other violations.”

2/14/2014 an eighth-floor apartment fire killed three young sisters, ages 8, 11 and 18, in Sevran, a northeastern suburb of Paris, France.

2/14/2010 a three-story apartment building fire in Cicero a suburban Chicago, IL left seven people dead including a newborn, a 3-year-old and four teenagers in the early morning around 6:30 a.m. “Two other buildings were damaged, including an adjacent house.”

2/14/2004 a collapse of sports and entertainment complex “Transvaal Park” (in the area Yasenevo) in the south-west of Moscow around 7:15 p.m. killed twenty-eight, including eight children, and injured 193 of the 400 people in the building.

2/14/1981 Stardust Cabaret discotheque fire killed forty-four and injured 214 of the about 841 people who were attending a disco night and a trade union function at the club in Dublin, Ireland. The fire started on a balcony outside the building, staff failed attempts to extinguish the fire and tried to contain it by closing the door. The guests in the nightclub were not informed, nor was an alarm sounded. The fire quickly spread into the main area of the club, immediately filling the room to with thick black smoke.

2/14/1953 Plains, TX a fire in a warehouse containing dynamite exploded that killed one, injured several, and heavily damaged nearby structures.

2/14/1945 the high school and all the contents in Haileybury, ON were destroyed by fire.

2/14/1918 an orphanage fire killed fifty-three children in Montreal, QB that started shortly after 8:00 p.m. on the fifth or top story of the west wing of the Grey Nunnery, on Guy and Dorchester Streets. The top floor was used as a dormitory for infants; the fire started near the tower, most likely from the electric wiring.

1909 Sea Breeze, FL the Clarendon Hotel was destroyed by fire; all 215 guests were able to escape. The fire originated in the coal bins under the kitchen around 5:30 a.m.

2/14/1898 forty were killed in Lynn Canal, AK when the Steamer Clara Nevada burned.

2/14/1890 Toronto (ON) the University was destroyed by fire just before 2,000 guests were scheduled to arrive for the annual conversazione. “The building was not supplied with enough gas jets so that on any special occasion it was necessary to light up with lamps. Two men were engaged in carrying up stairs six lighted lamps to be put in chandeliers, when the man on the lower end, fearing the lamps might fall let go his hold. The lamps fell and broke and the oil spread all over the stairs and down on the already heavily oiled floor.”

2/14/1929 The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, four men dressed as police officers enter gangster Bugs Moran’s headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, IL killing seven; Al Capone was blamed but never charged.

Happy Valentine’s Day
2/14/0278 A.D., Valentine, a priest in Rome under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, was execute. Claudius banned all marriages and engagements, believing that men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong ties to their wives and families. Valentine defied Claudius and performed marriages in secret ~ According to Greek mythology, Cupid actually had two kinds of arrows: gold for love and lead for hate ~Valentine’s Day also has roots in a pagan holiday that involved slapping women with strips of animal skins.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:00

The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award commemorates the life and career achievements of Deputy Chief Ray Downey, who lost his life while commanding rescue operations at the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Deputy Chief Downey was chief of rescue operations and a 39-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York. He was the most highly decorated firefighter in the history of FDNY. Deputy Chief Downey commanded rescue operations at many difficult and complex disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and many natural disasters worldwide. Each year, the award is presented at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The recipient of this year’s award is Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, of Hanover County (VA) Fire-EMS.  The award will be presented posthumously, with his wife Melanie Clark accepting the award.

FirefighterNation: Virginia Fire Lieutenant Killed in Collision

On October 11, 2018, Hanover Fire-EMS was managing heavy call volume because of the impacts of Tropical Storm Michael when Lieutenant Clark’s unit, Engine 6, was dispatched to an accident on the Interstate highway at 21:00.   As the crew was dismounting the apparatus to size up the incident, Lieutenant Clark observed a tractor trailer speeding toward the unit as he rounded the front of the engine.  Rather than using this moment to jump to safety, Lieutenant Clark yelled to warn his crew, allowing them a split-second notice to gain cover and brace for impact.  One firefighter who was riding behind Lieutenant Clark was reaching back into the jump seat to retrieve a medical bag when he heard Lieutenant Clark’s warning.  Sensing the impending impact, he dove headfirst back into the cab as the tractor trailer struck the rear of Engine 6.  That firefighter emerged from the wreckage without significant injuries and was able to begin treatment of his fellow firefighters.  The driver of the Engine 6 and other jump seat firefighter received significant life-threatening injuries as a result of the impact.

The impact of the tractor trailer drove the engine over the top of Lieutenant Clark, pinning him underneath the fire apparatus.  Crews worked to free him and begin treatment, but in spite of their best efforts, Lieutenant Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

FirefighterNation: Tears and Laughter at Virginia Firefighter’s Funeral

Lieutenant Clark’s selfless actions resulted in the survival of the rest of his crew.  Lieutenant Clark used his last second to warn his crew, which gave them just enough warning to survive.  Lieutenant Clark’s actions exemplify the highest traditions and values of Chief Ray Downey and those firefighters who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.    As such, the 2019 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award is presented to Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, of Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS.

Melanie Clark will accept the award on Lieutenant Clark’s behalf during Opening Ceremony Day 1 of FDIC International on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The award includes the Courage & Valor Medal and a check for $35,000, on behalf of the Courage & Valor Foundation.

Donations to the Courage & Valor Foundation can be made at

Register for FDIC International 2019 at

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:59

A firefighter was rescued after falling through the floor of a burning home in East Price Hill Wednesday morning, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department.

The fire broke out at 2914 Glenway Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. Glenway Avenue is closed near Grand Avenue.

Firefighters issued a mayday call when part of the first floor collapsed into the basement, officials said. Medics evaluated the firefighter, and they did not transport him to the hospital.

The house was used for storage, and no one was living in the house at the time of the fire, firefighters said. Crews had a difficult time accessing the building due to the amount of storage and “deteriorating condition of the structure.”

Two dogs were inside the home at the time of the fire, but no one else was inside. One of the dogs died in the fire.

About 86 firefighters responded, and crews had the fire under control at about 7 a.m., Chief Potter said. Crews stayed on scene to treat hot spots.

Officials said the building will be torn down Wednesday due to the extent of fire damage and the previous condition of the building. The fire caused about $20,000 in damage, officials estimated.

Glenway Avenue was closed Wednesday morning while crews were on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:57

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after a fire truck caught fire inside the station in Mansfield.

Firefighters were hunkering down after returning from a call at around 11 p.m. Tuesday when smoke alarms and the smell of smoke alerted them to a fire on the first floor.

There were four firefighters in the building, and two were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. One was treated for an electrical burn. They were released Wednesday morning.

The fire was contained to the first floor and the damage is being assessed. The fire chief said trucks cost from $600,000 to $800,000.


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U.S. Department of Labor Provides Interim Compliance Guidance for Evaluation of Crane Operators

OSHA - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:00
February 13, 2019 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 03:47


2/13/1895 three Lynn, MA firefighters died “while operating at a fire on the first and second floors of a four-story frame hardware store. The fire rapidly shot through the roof and the building collapsed, burying twelve firefighters under tons of burning debris. One injured firefighter was quickly removed, but the remaining eleven had to be dug out by hand. Mutual aid was called to the scene to help with the rescue efforts and also combat the fire, which had now spread to two exposures. Within a half-hour, the remaining men were removed. Three were killed and the remaining nine firefighters were seriously injured, one who had his right hand cut off by an axe.”

2/13/1901 an Appleton, WI firefighter “died of smoke inhalation at the Kimberly Clark Paper Mill fire.”

2/13/1909 Milwaukee, WI the Johns Manville Manufacturing Company fire killed five firefighters and injured about a dozen when the rear brick wall collapsed without warning at 225 Clybourne Street. “On arrival, firefighters found heavy fire showing from the first and second floors of a six-story brick asbestos factory. The building became fully involved in fire and firefighters fought the blaze from every available vantage point, including the roof of a piano factory to the rear. As firefighters attacked the fire, most of the front wall, from the second floor up, collapsed into the street. As the Assistant Chief went to the rear to get the men off the roof of the four-story piano factory, the rear wall of the fire building collapsed onto it, carrying numerous firefighters down through the top two floors of the structure. The dead and injured had to be lowered from the upper floor windows by ropes. Five members of the MFD were killed in the collapse of the wall and another member of Engine 19 was critically injured. He died February 15th as a result of injuries sustained. It was discovered that the two top floors of the asbestos plant were added on just several years before the fatal fire. The fire started when a worker was heating a “fireproof” varnish for coating pipes on a stove, and the container exploded, showering him with the flaming product. He ran from the building engulfed in flames prior to the arrival of firefighters.”

2/13/1912 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of injuries he sustained while operating at an alarm.

2/13/1914 a Duluth, MN firefighter died at a fire in a two-story hide and skin warehouse. “He was operating with his company in heavy smoke on the second floor, when he suddenly collapsed into the arms of his captain. Thinking that he was overcome by smoke, the captain enlisted the aid of several other firefighters to carry him to a window for air. Being unable to revive him, the men carried their fallen comrade from the burning building and took him into a candy factory across the street. Even after his pronouncement, fellow firefighters still worked to revive him, to no avail.”

2/13/1922 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died of smoke inhalation after returning to quarters , after operating at a fire at 104 Lenox Avenue.”

2/13/1923 a Franklin, NH firefighter died while fighting a fire at the New Hampshire Orphans Home. At 3:30 a.m. Box 14 was sounded for a building fire. “There were sixty-one children in the nursery building, all under seven years of age. All were saved, and no injuries were reported among them. Firefighters, including the victim, were playing a stream into the nursery and were about to put up a ladder against the wall when it collapsed without warning. Because of the deep snow, the men had no chance to run from the falling bricks and were buried beneath the debris.”

2/14/1934 a El Paso, TX firefighter died from burn injuries he received during a flashover at the Old American Furniture Company warehouse fire. The building nearly burned to the ground was located across the street from Fire Station 9. He along with two other firefighters, were caught in a flashover. “Since then, firefighters who have worked at Station 9 speak of strange things that happen in the station. One of the oddest is that usually right before a big fire in the area occurs, the firefighters are signaled that it is coming.”

2/13/1939 a Detroit, MI firefighter “died from the effects of smoke inhalation that he had suffered the day before while fighting a house fire on Hickory Avenue.”

2/13/1939 a San Francisco, CA firefighter died of injuries he received at the Desk Company fire, at 601 Mission.

2/13/1957 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained while operating at a two-alarm fire at Rockaway Avenue and Pacific Streets.

2/13/1971 two Chicago, IL firefighters died while “fighting a fire inside the building housing A. A. Englebart, Inc., a heating control and appliance dealer, when an explosion erupted, and the one-story building collapsed. Five other firefighters and four civilians were injured in the explosion and collapse. Firefighters were battling flames in the rear of the building when the explosion occurred. Some of the firefighters were blown out of the building by the explosion, and one firefighter reported that the force of the blast blew off some of his gear. The explosion demolished most of the building, scattering debris into the streets and neighboring apartments, and civilians more than one block away were treated for cuts from flying glass.”

2/13/2016 a train trestle fire cuts Amtrak route west of New Orleans, LA in Saint Charles Parish. Firefighters used helicopters and airboats to fight the fire on a train trestle that was reported around 8:00 a.m. The trestle also carries four to eight freight trains a day.

2/13/2016 a fire engulfed a building set to be Central Asia’s tallest tower while it was still under construction in Kazakhstan in the Kazakh capital of Astana. When the fire department arrived, floors 11 to 25 were actively burning, in the 88-story, 1,250-foot-tall, tower. It took firefighters six hours to control the fire that is believed to have started on the 25th floor.

2/13/2010 Flint, MI four children ages one, two, three, and four-years-old were killed in an apartment fire that started from unattended cooking.

2/13/2010 Phelan, AL a house fire killed four that started from a small heater placed too close to a bed.

2/13/2005 the 32-story, 348’, Windsor Building in Madrid, Spain, caught fire and burned for two days; the building was completely engulfed in flames at one point. “The fire was first detected on the 21st floor and spread quickly throughout the entire building, leading to the collapse of the outermost, steel parts of the upper floors.”

2/13/1983, seventy-four people were killed when a fire blazed through a cinema in Turin, Italy at the Statuto Cinema. A fire started on the ground floor and quickly spread to seats covered in plastic that produced toxic smoke. The crowd panicked causing a stampede that crushed several people to death.

2/13/1975 Peoria, IL a fire on the seventh floor of the nine-story Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge forced the evacuation of 119 guests. The fire was confined to the room of origin; however, the door to the room was left open allowing smoke and heat to travel into the seventh-floor corridor creating an evacuation problem, also permitting smoke to enter one stair and migrate to the 8th and 9th floors.

2/13/1939 Bellefonte, PA High School fire, nine-hundred students fled coatless as fire swept the four-story brick high school building in the town’s residential district. Firefighters were unable to control the blaze which started in the boiler room and spread to the ventilating system, quickly filling classrooms with smoke. No one was injured.

2/13/1936 Lum’s Chinese Restaurant fire in New York City, NY killed five and injured forty-one, panic rather than flames that caused the deaths, flames swept through the second-floor restaurant at 735 Lexington Avenue that started in a ground floor haberdashery.

2/13/1895 Elwood, Indiana a gas explosion destroyed a city block and injured three in the very early hour of the morning.

2/13/1885 eighteen of the 685 patients died fire at the Blackley alms house (an insane asylum) in Philadelphia, PA on the west side of the Schuylkill River. The fire originated in the north 145’ X 60’ wing of in the old portion on the east side of the main building containing sixty separate cells for violent patients, twenty on each floor.

2/13/1799 the first state-level insurance regulatory act passed in Massachusetts.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 19:14

A firefighter was injured Monday morning while battling a 3-alarm structure blaze in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The fire was reported around 8 a.m. at a home on 513 Putnam Ave., Cambridge Fire Department said.

NBC10 Boston’s Sky Ranger helicopter was over the scene, where smoke could be seen coming from a wooden 2-story home. At least four fire trucks responded to the blaze and nearby streets were shut down as crews battled the inferno.

The hurt firefighter’s current condition is unclear.

Cambridge Fire said the blaze was knocked down at approximately 9 a.m.

It is unclear how many residents lived in the building or if the structure was abandoned.

Authorities are investigating what caused the blaze.

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Mission City Official’s side with local firefighter amid pending lawsuit

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:14

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Mission firefighter Homer Salinas fought for his life, first battling cancer he says he got while on the job.

He continues to fight. This time, a legal battle. Salinas was diagnosed with cancer last year.

After going back and forth to receive worker’s compensation, he finally got it. But now the insurance company, the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP), is firing back.

“We should not have to go through this,” said Salinas. “My family should not have to go through what they are going through.”

In January, TMLIRP filed an appeal on behalf of the City of Mission, requesting a judicial review of the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.

But city officials said the company did not have discretion to sue in their name.

On Wednesday night, city commission members held a special meeting to discuss the issue.

The city commission unanimously ruled against the appeal filed by the TMLIRP and reaffirmed their support for Salinas.

“The law is very restrictive in nature and yes, it needs to be reformed and yes it needs to be addressed,” said Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña.

For Salinas, the support is welcomed but said more should’ve been done to avoid the litigation.

“My question is, how did we get to this point?” he said. “How can we let municipality give that much power to a second entity and you have no control of it?”

Robert Lopez, President of the Mission Firefighters Association, said at least six other firefighters in his chapter have had similar work-related illnesses.

Salinas’ case could set a precedent for all firefighters, not only here in the Rio Grande Valley, but also nationwide, said Lopez.

”It’s a dangerous job and we just hope that when we need help, somebody is there for us,” said Lopez.

While Salinas is now in good health, he said this is a battle he will continue fighting.

“If I don’t make the stand, other firefighters are going to have the same problem,” said Salinas.

Mission city officials said Wednesday night that they will go before the TMLIRP board to pursue the company to drop the lawsuit against Salinas.

O’Caña will be traveling to Austin on Tuesday to lobby for legislation that will ensure worker’s compensation for firefighters like Salinas who get ill while on the job.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:51

A firefighter was injured while fighting a basement fire at Los Hermanos restaurant, 71 E. Center St., in Provo, according to a tweet from Provo Fire and Rescue. The firefighter has minor injuries after falling down a flight of stairs and is being evaluated at a hospital.

The blaze closed down Center Street between University Avenue and 100 East.

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U.S. Department of Labor Urges Employers to Prevent Worker Exposure to Carbon Monoxide from Portable Generators and Other Equipment

OSHA - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:00
February 12, 2019 Contact:  Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:49

2/12/1852 a Boston, MA firefighter died “while operating at a fire that destroyed a commercial building, the Isaiah Howe’s Building, at 20 Kingston Street. He was killed when he was caught under a collapsing wall. Several other department members were badly injured.”

2/12/1924 a Chicago, IL firefighter died when he fell inside from a three-story unoccupied building fire at 2512 E. 76th Street.

2/12/1962 a Chicago, IL firefighter died while fighting a 5-11 & 4 Specials at 3548 S. Shields Ave. “The fire started in a building leased by an exporting company and spread to an adjacent building housing the Reliable Paste & Chemical Company. More than 65 pieces of fire apparatus and 450 firefighters responded to the alarm.”

2/12/1969 a Bayonne, NJ firefighter died while “fighting a fire at 812 Avenue C. A woman was trapped in her top-floor apartment. Firefighters made five attempts to reach her, but they were driven back by heat and smoke.”

2/12/1973 a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained at the fire ground.

2/12/1974 a Cleveland, OH firefighter died while operating at a four-alarm fire in a vacant four-story brick commercial building at 1430 West 9th Street. The firefighter died of smoke inhalation and burns after he fell through floor after becoming trapped in the basement.

2/12/1984 an Albany, New York firefighter died at an arson fire on Delaware Avenue.

2/12/2018 a Lawrenceburg, TN firefighter “died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while operating at the scene of a residential structure fire. Two other firefighters were injured in the collapse and taken to the hospital. The fire started in a two-story residence along Lakeview Drive at around 4:30 p.m. According to media reports, crews transmitted a “Mayday Emergency” near 8:00 p.m. when the three firefighters became trapped as the result of a collapse.”

2/12/2015 around 9:45 a.m. an explosion at the factory in Igualada, Spain caused by an accidental contact between three chemicals forced “66,000 residents in Òdena, Igualada, Jorba y Vilanova del Camí to stay at home, close windows and doors and avoid going outside.”

2/12/1968 a fire at a Knitting factory killed nineteen of those who lived in apartment above the factory in Hong Kong.

2/12/1917 Minneapolis, MN thirteen of the sixty-eight guests died in Kenwood Hotel fire about midnight; “an explosion of gasoline in the basement of the wooden building is thought to have caused the blaze.”

2/12/1905 a fire completely destroyed the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, AL and the adjacent buildings were severely damaged about 10:45 p.m. every one of the 147 guests safely escaped.

2/12/1899 Lincoln, NE the George Segelke, a pop factory, caught fire by the explosion of gas in a coal stove and was destroyed.

2/12/1883 Kinsterdam, NY S. Blaiskell, Jr., & Co, a knitting mill was destroyed by fire after a watchman entered the cellar with a lamp causing an explosion of gasoline.

2/12/1963 Everglades, FL a Northwest Orient Airlines jet crashes and killed all forty-three on board only minutes after leaving Miami Airport.

2/12/1809 President Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Hardin County Kentucky.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:37

By Taylor Hartman, Fox13:

A firefighter was injured while fighting a fire near 70 East Center, Provo Fire Rescue said in a tweet Monday.

Fire officials said the incident occurred at Los Hermanos restaurant.

The fire began in the basement, according to officials.

One firefighter was injured due to a fall on stairs, but officials said the injuries sustained were minor.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 23:28


A Meriden man was found dead by suicide in the woods, several hours after a fire broke out at his home on Monday morning.

The Meriden Police Department confirms that at around 5:30 a.m., fire crews were on the scene of a fire at 45 Side Hill Road.

Friends and neighbors of the homeowner tell News 8 that she was coming home from work a little after 5 a.m. when she saw some smoke and then found flames inside of the garage.

Firefighters believe that the blaze had started inside of the garage somehow and then extended up into the rest of the home.

There was speculation earlier that there was someone missing in the house because the homeowner lives with her son who was not on scene. But neighbors say that the son had already left for work when the fire started.

Read the full story here.

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