Evac tones at Elizabeth, New Jersey third-alarm: Ed Gray started shooting this Christmas Day fire just before the order came to go defensive. The fire started just before 2:30 AM damaging apartments and threatening the Family Dollar building next door. Click here for four more parts to this video. Elizabeth had another three-alarm fire 90 minutes later and a mile away. Read more. Of course, Elizabeth has been dealing with that stubborn warehouse fire that started Wednesday and continued to burn through Christmas. Read more about it here and here and click here for video from Newsworking.
A virtual fire parade in addition to the real one for "Mayor " Kyle McGetrick: A story posted on Glenn Usdin's FireTruckBlog.com on Friday touched many getting ready for Christmas. More than 400 messages from around the world have been relayed through Glenn's site to the ailing 11-year-old boy who has now been named honorary Mayor of Barnegat, NJ. In addition, many more have come through the Firefighter Nation, Firefighters Worldwide & Command Fire Apparatus Facebook pages and The Secret List. Kyle is also starting to receive lots of packages containing fire department patches. The traffic for this story shows it is likely among the most read Internet stories ever in the fire service. This follows an amazing showing last Wednesday night by Ocean County firefighters who had a rather spontaneous parade by Kyle's house. We look at all of this and compile many links to other stories where fire and EMS made a difference over the Christmas holiday. Click here.
Funeral details for Peabody, MA Firefighter Jim Rice: Check out the information on Thursday's viewing and Friday's funeral from The Secret List.
Surviving Asheville, NC firefighter tells the story of the fire that killed his captain: Asheville Fire Department Firefighter Jay Bettencourt provides the local newspaper with details of his battle to try and save Captain Jeff Bowen at the July 28 fire at a medical office building. Read the story.
Christmas Eve pink slips to all 57 members of the fire department in Pontiac, Michigan: Plus an application to join a neighboring department. Watch how this one plays out this week. Read and watch the story.
Some really interesting Christmas fire videos:
Follow DC Truck 11 to a house fire – The view from the ambulance crew just behind Truck 11 on the way to a Christmas Day house fire with a report of someone trapped. A quick knock down. Click here.
Pre-arrival video in Paris, Texas – Check out another quick knock down with possible PPV use on the initial attack. Click here.
Flashover just after evac – In Swarthmore, Pennsylvania it appears the firefighters were pulled shortly before the entire front of the deli and residence took off. Click here.
Three children & grandparents killed in Connecticut fire: Bill Schumm followed this sad Christmas Day story from Stamford, Connecticut and has detailed coverage at Firegeezer.com.
Celebrity chef loses family and is badly burned: In Australia, Ready Steady Cook star Matt Golinski is fighting for his life after a post Christmas party fire left him badly burned as he unsuccessfully tried to save his wife and three daughters. Details are here.
And I thought this was a story Rhett imagined in his excitement about Santa coming, but it's true: The Fire Critter has the video to back up the story of Santa on the scene of a fire in Pennsylvania and delivering fresh bottles to the firefighters. Here it is.
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Early video from Harrison, New Jersey second-alarm: Back to where we started and another Ed Gray video. He was busy this holiday. This from a fire on Saturday at S. 2nd Street and Railroad Avenue. Click here & scroll down for parts 2 to 7.
Also on STATter911 …
- You must watch this from CT: Bridgeport FD’s biggest fan. – February 5, 2013
- Must hear citizen commentary: They’re too slow. Too slow. Too slow. That was quick. – December 25, 2012
- Quick Takes: December 10, 2012. – December 10, 2012
- Must see video … then again, maybe not. – December 18, 2012
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