The Times-Standard reports this fire killed Stephen McGeary and that the incident is now a criminal matter. The address is 210 H Street and the incident occurred on Saturtday evening, not Friday as originally reported.
Video from Matthew LaFever of a house fire threatening an apartment building Friday Saturday evening on G H Street in Arcata, California. No further information.
Just four days left to be a part of Hosed The Movie. It's the first comedy that focuses on life at a small town volunteer fire department. The great thing about a Kickstarter campaign like this one is that your pledge is only accepted when and if the movie by comedian Juston McKinney becomes fully funded (we will know in four days). There are some really unique gifts for that hard to buy for firefighter in your life that you can secure with your pledge and that will be available to you early next year. These include Effingwoods Fire & Rescue memberships, t-shirts, boot koozies, patches, your name in the movie credits and even securing a spot as an extra in the movie alongside Juston, Gary Valentine and Lenny Clarke (below).
The firefighter son of the chief of the District Six Fire Department in Crawford County, Arkansas is accused of raping a female firefighter at the firehouse. The rape victim's father is also under arrest, charged with firing shots at the home where the suspect lived with his girlfriend.
“There was a sexual assault … a rape that occurred at the District Six Fire Department on Pleasant Valley Road,” Crawford County Chief Deputy Jim Damante said. “The female claimed she was raped (by a firefighter) in an office in the building.”
Investigators with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office arrested the firefighter Monday night. Damante identified him as Jimmy Sullivent III, 34. Damante confirmed that the suspect is the son of Jim Sullivent, chief of the District Six Fire Department.
The alleged victim, Damante said, told her father about the rape, which she said happened around 11:30 a.m. The woman’s father traveled to the residence off Mount Grove Road near Alma where Jimmy Sullivent III was at around 6:30 or 7 p.m., Damante said.
“The suspect was standing outside his girlfriend’s house,” Damante said. “The dad fired several rounds at the house. He hit the house several times and hit some vehicles, then fled the scene.”
The incident began as a dispute earlier in the night between the alleged shooter and the intended target, said chief deputy Jimmy Demonte with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect went to the intended victim’s home and fired seven or eight shots at the house, Demonte said.
No one was injured, but the home and some vehicles sustained damage from the fired shots, he said.
5NEWS is not releasing the name of the father who police say fired shots, in order to protect the identity of the alleged rape victim.
It appears I am already a failure in the advice I am supposed to be giving as an alleged associate producer for the Hosed The Movie project. You would think I would warn these guys about something as basic as fit testing. Smitty (AKA Gary Valentine) already has a big problem in the facial hair department. Juston McKinney in the clip above tries to set him straight. I don't think the message is getting through.
You can help. Your pledge to support the Kickstarter campaign for Hosed The Movie will mean Effingwoods Fire & Rescue will have a proper fit testing program that could keep these firefighters out of trouble. In return there are lots of nice items you can get from boot koozies, patches and t-shirts showing your membership in the department to even being an extra in the movie. There are just 14 days left for you to join.
Pre-arrival video from a neighbor posted by Karen Eckard, along with news coverage from KCRA-TV of a fire on Monday on Doolittle Drive in Roseville, California (Placer County) that left one person suffering from smoke inhalation. You will find some interesting citizen commentary on the videos.
There has been a lot of DC Fire & EMS Department news in recent days. In the video above WTTG-TV/Fox 5 reporter Paul Wagner shows the department did not have enough paramedics available on July 4th to staff a significant number of medic units and paramedic engine companies, leaving many neighborhoods without advanced life support coverage. Wagner points out that Deputy Mayor Paul Quander had told the City Council the department would be able to provide proper coverage in the community at the same time they were dealing with hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoying Independence Day events.
In other DC news below, Chief Kenneth Ellerbe makes it clear he isn’t going anywhere despite Councilmember Mary Cheh’s call for his resignation. Also, the family of a man who died New Year’s Day is suing the District of Columbia for $12 million (more from Curt Varone’s FireLawBlog.com).
D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe says he’s not stepping down, days after a D.C. councilwoman called for him to do so.
Ellerbe has been under fire for a series of ambulance response issues in the city. A recent report by the D.C. Council’s Judiciary and Public Safety committee revealed the department has a serious shortage of paramedics, is using outdated and incorrect information and is exceeding its budget by millions of dollars.
That led D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh to call for his resignation. But Thursday, Ellerbe told News4′s Mark Segraves he’s staying in his job.
“Anybody in leadership has to expect there will be criticism,” Ellerbe said. “There may be folks who don’t see your vision. But that’s part of leadership.
“It takes courage to be in these positions, and as I told the Council when we started to unveil this plan, it’s going to take some courageous folks to get behind this, because it represents a change in the status quo.”
Ellerbe has said he wants to shift fire and EMS staffing to daylight hours. His plan would have put more paramedics on duty during the hours when most calls come in, but it would’ve also reduced the number of paramedics on duty during overnight hours.
However, Ellerbe’s proposed ambulance redeployment plan has been denied by the Judiciary Committee.
Cheh’s call for Ellerbe’s resignation came in a letter to Councilman Tommy Wells, chair of the Judiciary committee. She said the committee should demand a plan from Mayor Vincent Gray that will return the District’s Fire and EMS department back to “excellence” and “prestige.”
A District man whose father died New Year’s Eve 2012 while waiting 40 minutes for an ambulance has filed a lawsuit against D.C. Fire and EMS.
Durand Ford Jr. told News4′s Shomari Stone earlier this year that his father, Durand Ford Sr., went into cardiac arrest Jan. 1 and his family called 911 around 1 a.m. to request assistance.
That night, more than 50 firefighters called out sick, approximately 1⁄4 of the force, according to the lawsuit. It’s a number the firefighters’ union called “unusual,” though a spokesperson denied there was a coordinated sick-out that night.
Durand Ford Jr. and his family are suing for wrongful death, survival action and punitive damages, totaling $12 million.
“Durand Ford Sr.’s ultimate death was the direct and proximate result of the grossly negligent acts and/or omissions” of the fire department, the lawsuit states.
A spokesperson for D.C. fire told Stone that the department would not comment on the lawsuit.
The video above captured the explosion earlier this afternoon. It is at approximately 1:05 in the video.
In the video immediate below the person with the camera asks. “How far away do you think we are?’. His answer comes almost immediately. Clearly not far enough. Thanks to STATter911.com reader Lewis Melcher for first alerting us to both videos.
Authorities in Baltimore County were responding to a report of a train derailment in the White Marsh area that caused a loud explosion and sent a plume of white smoke into the sky that could be seen clearly from downtown Baltimore.
Baltimore County police posted to Twitter that a cargo train had derailed in the 7500 block of Lake Drive, near an industrial park. Initial reports were that no one was hurt, but hazardous material teams were responding to the scene.
Several industrial buildings were reported to have collapsed, and police were diverting traffic from Pulaski Highway.
Video from firelensman of LAFD handling a commercial fire in Watts on Friday at 112th Street & Wilmington Avenue. Here’s some of the description with the video:
Firefighters in the rear of the two commercials, one iron works business and one mattress business, reported extension into both buildings as smoke was emitting from the attic spaces. Firefighters on scene also reported live wires down on one side of one building, with multiple wires strung along the alley and rear.
This video was posted to YouTube in August of 2010, apparently shot as a group of friends headed to an Orioles game. A STATter911.com reader sent it to me. It appears to me to be taken on the upper portion of St. Paul Street south of East Mulberry Street in Downtown Baltimore. You will only see about two seconds of the burning building. It’s the rest of the video that makes this a must see. It’s a look inside one of those cars you pass as your are responding. And no, before you ask, I can’t give you back the 2:08 you will have wasted by watching this.
Five firefighters were hurt in a terrifying explosion and extra-alarm blaze in Harrison, N.J., Sunday afternoon.
.. when the fire was at its height, a dangerous backdraft was caught on video, CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported. Backdrafts are an explosive phenomenon, and they are one of the worst things that can go wrong in a firefight.
One of those badly hurt when the backdraft erupted was a battalion chief.
“When that glass blew out, he got it all in his face and his body,” said Harrison fire Capt. Robert Gillen. “He was bleeding profusely.”
The fire appeared to have started at 600-602 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd., a two-story building at the corner of Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard North and Davis Street. It then spread next door to 604-606 Frank E. Rodgers, a two-story residential building.
Harrison officials still have not commented on the fire.
After the explosion occurred, at least two firefighters stumbled out of the building and one of them collapsed on the ground.
EMS and other firefighters rushed to help them. They were both placed in ambulances.
Last July we told you an interesting story about Bennington Rural Fire Department Chief Joseph Hayes, who was criminally charged after throwing a flashlight at a motorist who didn’t slow down at an emergency scene. In January, Hayes entered a guilty plea on a disorderly conduct charge saying he wanted to get this all behind him. On probation in that case, Hayes, who lost reelection last month but is still a department official, now has something new that he will want to get behind him. Joseph Hayes is accused of embezzlement and false pretenses surrounding a fire department raffle. In addition, Hayes’ wife Angela has been charged with accessory on the false pretenses charge.
“This all stems from a raffle at the Bennington Rural Fire Department while he was the chief where, allegedly, people who won prizes as a result of the raffle never received them. There is an allegation that money that people paid for raffle tickets was never turned over to the department,” (Bennington Police Chief Paul) Doucette said.
Hayes also faced an embezzlement charge in 2007, but was referred to the court diversion program.
54-year-old Lieutenant Gregory Pickard (32 years on the job) and 36-year-old Lieutenant Eric Wallace (13 years) have both lost their lives in what we have been told was an attempt to save other Firefighters. 30-year-old FF Ricky Mantey Jr. and 21-year-old FF Mitchel Moran remain in the hospital in stable condition. At some point Lt. Wallace’s team went into the structure, but was ordered to evacuate. Wallace didn’t come out and he called for help, saying he was low on air. Firefighters found Wallace, a 13-year veteran, inside and early reports indicated Wallace became trapped when a portion of the roof reportedly collapsed.
FUNERAL DETAILS FOR LT. WALLACE: Funeral arrangements for Lt. Eric Wallace have just been set as follows. The funeral will be Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bryan. The funeral procession will immediately follow the funeral service with burial at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. Much more to follow.
The body of Lt. Eric Wallace of the Bryan (TX) Fire Department has been escorted to Hillier Funeral Home (see image and video link below). Lt. Wallace died inside the Knights of Columbus Hall on Groesbeck Drive during a fire reported shortly after 11:00 Friday night. Three firefighters who made up the Rapid Intervention Team were burned as they tried to rescue Lt. Wallace. They are Lt. Greg Pickard, 54; Firefighter Ricky Mantey Jr., 30; and Probationary Firefighter Mitch Moran, 21. Here is an update from KBTX-TV:
According to KHOU 11 News reporter Malini Basu at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, a burn unit doctor says the firefighters being treated at their facility may be hospitalized for more than a month due to their injuries.
A relief account has been set up for donations the fallen and injured firefighters’ families. It’s at Wells Fargo under the Benefit Donation account for the Bryan Fire Department.
Wells Fargo Bank, Main Branch 3000 Briarcrest Bryan, Tx 77802
Firefighters from Bryan and nearby College Station were called to the KC Hall at about 11:20 p.m. Friday. Stratta said Wallace’s team went into the structure, but was ordered to evacuate.
Wallace didn’t come out and called for help, saying he was low on air. She said rapid response units found Wallace, a 13-year veteran, inside. An early report indicated Wallace became trapped when a portion of the roof reportedly collapsed.
Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor said in a 6 a.m. press conference that the State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate. No activities were reported at the building when the fire was reported to 9-1-1.
“There are no words to express our grief at the loss of Eric and our concern for Greg, Ricky and Mitch, and their families,” McGregor said. “These four courageous individuals represent the best of the profession and are true heroes in every sense of the word. “
Wallace was a 13-year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife, Brandi, and five children. Pickard served with the department for 32 years. Mantey had been with the department for five years, and Moran for 10 months.
Above and below are two additional clips shot by a bystander during the fire Tuesday morning in the 1700 block of R Street, Southeast that left two people dead and two DC firefighters injured. Our previous coverage can be found here.
Video from Dylan195260 of a fire on Main Street in Malone, NY yesterday afternoon. Excerpt from the description with the video:
Two MVPD officers arrived on scene to find a male hanging from a window trying to escape the blaze. The two officers and local fire fighters were able to reach the man and get him down without further harm though he had to be transported to Alice Hyde Hospital for treatment.
One person had to be rescued from a second floor apartment. The person was taken to Alice Hyde Hospital. Their condition is unknown.
The fire also sent a firefighter to the hospital with a hand injury.
Fire officials say the structure’s balloon frame construction was part of the reason the fire spread so quickly.
“It got into the walls and spread up and down. Both ways in the structure, up into the attic and then from the attic to the main part of the house. It’s a labor intensive overhaul operation,” said Malone Fire Chief Brian Gokey.
Video above from og9898 and below from Christy Matczak Boyle of a fire that started late this afternoon on 119th Street at Sheridan in Whiting, Indiana. The building where the fire began housed Lubia’s Dresses and Events shop and apartments on the upper floors.
Firefighters continued to fight a fire at a three-story building on 119th Street in Whiting at 7 p.m. Sunday. The fire stubbornly resisted firefighters on the building’s upper floors.
Whiting Fire Chief Gus Danielides said nobody was injured in the fire.
Spectators gathered in downtown Whiting to watch the blaze, which started about 5 p.m. and engulfed all three floors and spread to the back of the building, said Christian Loza, who was watching the fire from the nearby Sunrise Cafe.
Adams Area Volunteers were alerted for a structure fire at 109 Lakeland Dr. in Adams Twp. Chief 19 arrived on scene to confirm a working garage fire and dropped the second alarm. Chief 42 arrived, established command and called out Level One Operations. Engine 42 arrived under the direction of Captain Capuzzi and advanced the first line into the structure to start suppression. Tower 42 under the command of Asst. Chief Mann, split crews and went to work. Interior truck crew opened up with the engine crew and outside truck crew secured ground ladders to the structure. Engine 19 established water supply to feed Engine 42. Engine 42-3 under the command of Captain Llewellyn advanced a 2 1/2 hose line to the second division where they encountered high heat and heavy fire. Both division hose crews worked diligently to hold the fire to the place of origin.
Neighbor Sidney Mott posted this to YouTube Wednesday with no details.
Always good for an answer to life’s unknowns, BackstepFirefighter.com‘s Bill Carey tells me this fire was in fact on Wednesday and occured at 1441 Pacific Street, near Nostrand and Atlantic on Box 948.
Video from SuperNoone24 of a fire yesterday afternoon in Downtown Fresno, California. Firefighters rescued a teenager who went back into the building at Van Ness and Voorman and collapsed because of smoke inhalation. He is reported to be doing fine now.
The family living in the apartment didn’t want to talk on camera either. They told Action News they’re grateful they were not injured.
But their 19 year old cousin was. He ran out and told officials the fire started in his apartment.
“Then he returned to the apartment through the backdoor and succumbed, in the fire, to the smoke. Fire fighters then found him in the apartment unconscious,” Deputy Chief Tim Henry of the Fresno Fire Department said.
“It was not designed as a multi-family house. So the add-ons and the changes made it difficult to get to where the fire is at,” Henry said.