I spend a lot of time searching for the videos that you see on STATter911.com. I’m always mad at myself when I fail to find interesting ones that I should have have posted around the time they were uploaded to YouTube. This is one of those cases.
The house fire in the videos on this page was more than a year ago. It occurred in the 200 block of North Samsula Drive in New Smyrna Beach. Florida (Volusia County) in late May of 2011. I only became aware of it in recent days thanks to a STATter911.com reader. Looking at the stats for the video it appears TheBravestOnline.com discovered it last October. This is an unusual case where a neighbor had water initially and started knocking the fire, but the fire department says it had water supply problems.
It is well worth watching. The initial attack on this was done at the rear of the house by civilians. No green line for them. Something more substantial. The hose came from the pump and tank of a truck belonging to Schmidt’s Well Drilling which is located a few doors away. The men on the line took quite a ride but knocked down a good deal of fire.
The neighbors, as you will hear on the video above, were not very happy with the fire department. Volusia County Fire Services Chief Joe Pozzo told cfnews13.com that water was an issue:
The century-old home on North Samsula Drive near New Smyrna Beach burned for a couple of hours Friday. Crews from four separate fire departments rushed to the scene, but found there was no reliable water source nearby. There was a fire hydrant at Samsula Academy, which was next door to the home, but Volusia Fire Services Chief Joe Pozzo tells News 13 that hydrant was “fed by a gravity system. We were using that on the outset, but we were not getting enough pressure off that hydrant.”
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Also on STATter911 …
- It happens. But it’s not often that it’s caught on video. – April 12, 2012
- Helmet-cam: Highland Park, Michigan house fire. – July 12, 2012
- What’s going on in Florida? Scathing reports about Flagler Beach & Miami Beach fire departments. – February 8, 2013
- Pompano Beach Firefighter William Elliott dies in fall from aerial ladder. Occurred during drill at Station 61. – January 6, 2012
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