Fire takes out a row of homes in Frackville, Pennsylvania: A STATter911.com reader alerted me to this video, but Firegeezer is up to his old ways and beat me to to it. The blaze, early Sunday morning, ran through 10 old wood frame homes. Bill has a detailed report that you can find here (while you are there check out who has one of Bill’s Firegeezer coffee mugs).
Dave’s phone problems were no accident: If you missed it, on New Year’s Day we ran a special report about a secret video sent my way that blows the lid off the plot to shut down STATter911.com. My own employees and a certain fire blogger are implicated in this sinister plan. This all comes as a terrible, terrible shock to me. I had no idea. I thought everyone liked me. You will see, along with the video, my attempt to go undercover and infiltrate the group headed by the evil Mr. Big (at least that’s what I am guessing he makes everyone call him). Click here, if you dare.
UPDATED – Fireground audio now added to four-alarm New Year’s Day fire in Baltimore: The fire at 315 North Howard Street was reported at 11:30 PM on January 1. One firefighter was injured during the fire in a seven-story vacant building. Click here for Michael Schwartzberg’s video and links to Stanley Jaworski’s pictures.
House fire in West Plains, Missouri: Another fire video from the West Plains Fire Department.
The FDNY versus MTA video really took off: I believe the video of FDNY Engine Engine 276 and the MTA Bus 5004 on Brooklyn’s Kings Highway has been shared by more people on Facebook than any other STATter911.com story. It was put up on Friday morning. Click here if you somehow missed this must see clip.
Pictures from New Year’s Day Chicago 2-11 that left three firefighters injured: Tim Olk has lots of pictures after his early arrival to the fire Saturday at 4315 W. 25th Place. Six people, including three firefighters were hurt. Firefighters rescued a mother and child from the home. ChicagoAreaFire.com has Tim’s pictures and details.
The Rube says farewell to the troops: The administration of Mayor Vincent Gray officially began yesterday. As we reported a while back, Gray’s choice for chief is Kenneth Ellerbe. Chief Dennis Rubin said his goodbye over the radio system last Wednesday and we posted the audio on Friday. Click here to listen.
Battle of Waterloo is appealed: In Waterloo Iowa the former fire chief has asked the Civil Service Commission to look at his case after being demoted a month ago to captain. The demotion paves the way for the mayor’s plan to have the police chief run both departments as director of safety services. Check it out.
Retired firefighter hits the jackpot: More than $8 million for a retired firefighter from Leandro, California who hit it big on a caisno’s progressive slot machine. Here’s the story.
Buffalo, New York funeral home fire sends two firefighters through floor: The fire occurred Saturday on Bailey Avenue just before 6:00 PM. The two firefighters each went part way through the floor and were brought out uninjured. Click here for the fireground audio and here to learn more about the story.