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FORT WORTH MOBILE COMMAND UNIT CATCHES FIRE AT SCENE

3 hours 22 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

9 hours 44 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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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/23

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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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/22

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

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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IT’S NICE TO SEE IT DONE RIGHT!

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 17:59

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED- NJ CONDO FIRE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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MAN STEALS/TOTALS NM FIRE SUV THEN MOONS THE COPS!

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:11

That’s one stolen vehicle for Albuquerque firefighters, one giant moon for Albuquerque police.

Police say a man dropped his drawers beside a stolen fire department vehicle after leading officers on a wild chase across town through a brick wall, fire hydrant and into oncoming traffic Thursday morning.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik said 35-year-old Anthony Pacheco stole an Albuquerque Fire Rescue sport utility vehicle from a station off East Central. From there he led police on a brazen chase — striking police and civilian vehicles — leading to a dead-end street near Gibson and Girard.

Drobik said Pacheco, clad in an AFR jacket, jumped on the SUV and flipped officers off before he jumped down and “mooned them.”

Pacheco was arrested without “further incident.”

Nobody was injured in the incident, but vehicles were damaged, including the stolen Chevrolet Tahoe that was totaled. Pacheco is charged with assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a peace officer, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

AFR spokesman Tom Ruiz couldn’t give an exact time when the vehicle was stolen from a garage of the firehouse near Central and Pennsylvania NE. But he said it happened in the middle of the night as the firefighters slept.

“Someone went out to the apparatus bay and the truck was gone,” Ruiz said. “A vehicle that’s used to keep the citizens of Albuquerque safe and respond to emergency calls is now out of service.”

Ruiz said AFR is doing an internal investigation to find out how Pacheco got into the firehouse and stole the SUV. Pacheco told police he found the keys inside and took it so he could “try and find his friend.”

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, the vehicle was reported stolen around 3 a.m. and police found it near Alameda and San Pedro NE. They tried to use a spike belt to stop the SUV, but Pacheco went off the road, almost hitting an officer and striking his police vehicle.

Police say they pursued Pacheco to a dead-end where he drove through a cinder block wall and escaped. Officers caught up with him at a Costco near Central and Eubank SE, and Pacheco fled again.

According to the complaint Pacheco drove at high speeds, ran red lights and crashed into a vehicle and fire hydrant. Eventually he came to a dead-end near Wellesley and Crest SE, where he surrendered.

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FORSYTH COUNTY GA RIG OVERTURNS RESPONDING – 4 INJURED

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:44

Three firefighters were hurt while responding to a house fire in Cumming early Friday, Forsyth County Fire said.

One firefighter was hurt fighting the blaze when part of the structure collapsed in the Vickery Lake subdivision. Another fire truck responding the call overturned on the way to the fire.

The firefighters were taken to North Fulton Hospital and officials said they had minor injuries.

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FL FIREFIGHTER COLLAPSES AT CHURCH FIRE

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:11

A fire Thursday night destroyed a building at a Brandon church.

Firefighters responding to New Testament Church, 913 Dew Bloom Road, found the Fellowship Hall on church property fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 25 minutes, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, and the main church building was not affected.

 

A firefighter was hospitalized after collapsing away from the fire, officials said, and the cause appears unrelated to the flames. A parishioner who attempted to douse the flames with a garden hose suffered minor smoke-related smoke injuries.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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VA FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS HEAT EXHAUSTION AT HOUSE FIRE

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:22

Suffolk Fire-Rescue responded to a house fire in the 3500 block of Arthur Drive early Thursday morning.

According to dispatch, the call came out at 5:47 a.m., and the first unit arrived on scene in the rural Whaleyville borough at 5:58 a.m. Arriving crews said there was heavy fire showing from the single-story residence.

One occupant, an adult man, received emergency medical assessment and treatment, and was taken to a local hospital due to smoke inhalation. One firefighter was also treated for heat exhaustion.

Both occupants of the home will be displaced, as the home was declared a total loss. The Fire Marshal’s office will be handling the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/19

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 03:28

4/19/1995 The Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, OK bombing killed 168 and left over 800 injured after a Ryder truck containing 5,000 pounds of fertilizer and nitromethane mixture detonated. A massive rescue operation that continued over a period of 17 days and involved eleven task forces, USAR Teams, and an Incident Management Team was mounted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

4/19/1993 a Religious group, The Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventist Church, complex fire killed forty-seven near Waco, TX ending a 51-day standoff between the federal government and an armed religious cult.

4/19/1895 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from the injuries he sustained after a wall collapsed at a 4-alarm bakery fire at 210 N. Front Street.

4/19/1899 a Milwaukee, WI firefighter “died of injuries sustained at fire the day before at 1st Ave and Burnham.”

4/19/1900 an Indianapolis, Indiana firefighter “died from injuries he received March 14 while fighting a fire at C.B. Cones clothing factory, when a wall collapsed on him.”

4/19/1922 a Chicago, IL firefighter died after suffering from asphyxiation at a fire.

4/19/1942 a Boston, MA firefighter “died from injuries he received when he fell from an aerial ladder, which was located at about the 5th-floor level, and he landed on the turntable of the ladder truck. The fire was in a 6-story building at 201 State Street and 102-104 Central Street, Downtown. Four-alarms were transmitted on Box 1286, (India & Central Streets).”

4/19/1972 a Calgary, Alberta, Canada firefighter “was trapped and succumbed to the smoke and flames in the Beachcomber Restaurant blaze at Seventh Ave. and Fifth St. S.W. The fire also injured seven other firefighters.”

4/19/2015 a Southwest Miami-Dade brush fire burned nearly 2,000 acres in the forest area along Southwest 157th Avenue, stretching from Bird Road to Eighth Street.

4/19/2014 two children died in a Rockaway, (Queens) NY fire that apparently started after a child experimenting with a lighter in a basement bedroom ignited something on the bed shortly before 11:50 p.m.

4/19/2002 four were killed and 133 injured when 14 passenger cars on the Amtrak “Auto Train” derailed near Crescent Florida; the “train consisted of two engines, 16 passenger cars and 202 automobiles stacked in 23 specially designed cars” and was on tracks owned, operated, and maintained by CSX.

4/19/1998 Tempe, AZ warehouse was destroyed by fire when an improperly designed sprinkler system failed to control the fire in rack storage of Group A plastic commodities stored to 15 feet; the total loss was approximately $6 million.

4/19/1993 a fire in a psychiatric institute in South Korea killed forty.

4/19/1989 off the coast of FL an explosion in a gun turret onboard the Battleship Iowa killed forty-seven sailors.

4/19/1983 a fire at the Central Community Home in Worcester, Massachusetts, licensed by the city for lodging and boarding rooms for former mental health patients (deinstitutionalized) killed seven of the twenty occupants in a three-story wood frame building with open stairs, combustible interior finish, and no sprinkler protection. The fire was discovered under a bed on the second-floor about 2:00 a.m. The “patient” dragged the mattress to the bathroom where it flared into a full-flaming condition. “The fire rapidly spread throughout the second floor creating untenable conditions on the second and third floors including both stairways.” “Although the occupants were apparently alerted early to the fire, they did not have time to escape from the building before exit access corridors and the exits themselves became untenable due to fire.”

4/19/1975 the Princess Irene ship fire killed twenty on the Rhine River in Germany.

4/19/1923 the Essex Castle Apartment House fire in Lynn, MA killed five. The fire started on the second floor near the elevator shaft and cut off all stairways.

4/19/1881 Anna, IL an insane asylum was destroyed by fire and left one dead. The fire started in the bathroom on the fourth floor in the north wing of the Illinois Southern Hospital for the Insane, around 11:30 p.m.

4/19/1880 the town Keytesville, MO was destroyed by fire that originated in State Senator Mackey’s Hotel, and was spread by a fierce gale.

4/19/1879 over half of the town Eureka, NV was destroyed by fire, that left 2,000 people without shelter.

4/19/1873 Baltimore, MD telegraph office was heavily damaged by fire after a battery acid explosion.

4/19/1902 the last and most powerful in a series of earthquakes, a magnitude 7.5, shocks Western Guatemala that killed more than 2,000 and 50,000 were left homeless.

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LEADER IN FIREFIGHTER HEALTH RESEARCH NOT SLOWING UP

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:14

By Anna Guth, Point Reyes Light:

On the treacherous frontlines of the Tubbs Fire that roared through Santa Rosa two years ago, many firefighters left behind the gear that shields them from the harmful chemicals associated with urban fires: the blaze burned so hot and fast, they had to move quicker than the weight would allow.

One-hundred and eighty firefighters who fought Northern California fires during the last two fall seasons are part of a new study facilitated in part by Sharyle Patton, a longtime Bolinas resident and the director of the Biomonitoring Resource Center at Commonweal.

Last month, Ms. Patton received the highest “white helmet” award from the San Francisco Firefighter Cancer Prevention Foundation for her work over the past two decades to address the elevated health risks associated with fighting fires.

“Watching Sharyle and the others take that award was somewhat of a turning point: beyond wondering if there is evidence, we are moving closer toward how we take better of ourselves, of our families,” said Heather Buren, a lieutenant with the San Francisco Fire Department who participated in another recent study on which Ms. Patton worked, involving women firefighters in San Francisco.

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DETROIT JUDGE DENIES FIRE UNION’S BID TO HALT CLEANING BODILY FLUIDS OVER SAFETY RISK

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:41

By Christine Ferretti, Detroit News:

A judge on Wednesday turned down a request from the city’s fire union to halt a policy that directs firefighters to clean up blood and bodily fluids at accident and medical scenes.

The Detroit Fire Fighter Association filed suit last month asking for an injunction until an unfair labor practices complaint over the newly inked rules could be resolved.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Hathaway made the ruling after a full day of testimony, directing that the dispute be handled by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. A hearing is set for next week, said fire union President Mike Nevin.

“Our members and the public were done a great disservice today,” Nevin said after the hearing. “Basically, (the judge) left us in limbo. We have no idea what doing out here.”

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