The fire began slightly before 7 a.m. at 16 Trombley Drive, said Livingston Fire Chief Christopher Mullin. When fire crews arrived, smoke was billowing out the front door of the two-story home while the female homeowner, her son and their dog were watching from the front lawn.
Fire crews entered the home through the front door and were able to quickly ventilate the home by breaking through walls and windows, said Mullen. The fire originated in the basement, which can typically be difficult to control, but Mullen said crews were able to contain the fire quickly.
“It was obviously intense — the heat — going down to the basement,” said Mullin, standing in front of the house later that morning.“Basement fires are always a little difficult because you are going down into the fire.”
Extensive video from 1stAlarmFireVideos (bmazanec) of a fire last Thursday in a vacant South St. Louis house with what appears to be fire in the basement and beyond. You will hear the evacuation order just before the :30 mark. TheBravestOnline.com posted this video.
A three-alarm fire swept through a building on Broadway containing a spa and a medical day care center for adults on Friday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of about 60 people, authorities said.
The fire began on the first floor, where the spa is located, after 2 p.m. and spread through the two-story building, said Lt. Derek Bastinck of the Fair Lawn police. He said 50 people from the day care center — many of them disabled or elderly, some in wheelchairs — and 18 people from the spa evacuated the building. No one was hurt, he said.
Extensive video with radio traffic from homer218 of a two-alarm fire yesterday at 985 Garrison Avenue in Teaneck, New Jersey. The fire was originally reported in the basement and extended to the attic. Evacuation order given around 11:15 in the video.
Above is video by a neighbor (meanscreen) at what turned into a five-alarm fire in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh yesterday morning. At the beginning of the clip is the explosion described by residents of the building. A newspaper article calls it a backdraft but other news sites say the explosion is still under investigation. Below is another view of the blast.
When smoke began pouring out of a utility closet Friday morning in the Oakland apartment building where Charlie Koch lived, he began pounding on his neighbors’ doors.
He grabbed a flashlight, headed toward the stairs and tried to help guide people out of the building. They made it out moments before a backdraft caused an explosion that sent bricks flying off of the building and onto the roof of another complex nearby.
It was “very lucky,” Pittsburgh arson Detective Michael Burns said, that no one was injured when the five-alarm blaze broke out in the basement ceiling of 519 Zulema St., where there appeared to be an electrical problem. Detective Burns said he doubts charges will be filed in connection with the fire.
Detective Mike Burns, who works on the city’s arson squad, said there was an “electrical malfunction” where the fire started between the basement and the first floor. The flames spread through the wood frame structure and two shafts that extended through the height of the building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. “I have received reports that they heard a boom or an explosion, but I can’t confirm that,” Jones said.
None of the tenants in the six-unit, 15-bedroom building was injured, Pittsburgh fire Chief Darryl E. Jones said. One firefighter cut his hand but the injury was minor, Jones said.
The roof collapsed into the building’s third floor and caused major damage, Jones said.
Firefighters cleared apartments on the first and second floors, then “took a defensive position,” Jones said, explaining that they could no longer save the building and instead focused on preventing the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.
Video from NYRRT84 of a two-alarm fire yesterday evening at 124 57th Street in Brooklyn. The fire was in the basement of a warehouse. There were at least two maydays reported and, according to the New York Post, five firefighters hurt. You will hear on the video attempts to confirm one of the maydays and the order to pull firefighters from the basement for a head count and to regroup.
Plumsteadville Fire Chief Brian Dubree said firefighters arrived to find a blaze in the basement of the home. They began to fight the flames, but as they worked their way into the basement they discovered a propane gas line had failed and the leaking gas was creating a torch-like fire. They backed out and fought the flames until the propane was turned off.
Dubree said the fire extended up into the first floor through the hollow wall construction of the older model home.
Video above from homer218 who was in Warwick, New York (Orange County) shooting a wet down for a new pumper (see video below) on Saturday when the event was interupted by a fire. The fire was in the basement of a house at 15 Queen Anne Lane.
Vanessa Coleman, a former captain for the DC Fire & EMS Department who claimed department officials violated her First Amendment rights and ordered her to undergo psychological evaluation as part of retaliation against her has had her lawsuit dismissed.
This is the case that revolves around the major fire at a Mt. Pleasant apartment building on March 12, 2008. Firefighters failed to discover in a timely manner that the fire began in the basement of the building. That failure was blamed on Captain Coleman who was in charge of Engine 21 at the time of the fire. The department’s SOP makes checking of the basement the responsibility of the second due engine. That engine is assigned to the rear of the structure. Capt. Coleman contends the radio traffic from the night of the fire shows her crew was ordered by the IC, Battalion Chief John Lee, to cover the third floor.
The controversy became public about eight months after the fire when the Government Accountability Project (GAP) took on Vanessa Colesman’s case. GAP is a whistleblower protection organization located in Washington. Click here for GAP’s summary of the case.
Many disputes then ensued, as the department tried to figure out what happened and as then-Capt. Coleman made public her position. Chief Lee subsequently accepted an official reprimand. Coleman did not; she fought on.
Some of Coleman’s public comments were incendiary, and her bosses ordered her to undergo a pscyhological evaluation. She called that retaliation and refused. The department fired her in October 2009.
Judge Lamberth goes carefully through each element of the complaint; illustratively, he reasoned:
“Defendants claim that they acted in response to plainitff’s erratic, paranoid, and otherwise worrisome behavior – as manifested in the ‘barrage’ of dozens communications and memoranda which plaintiff documents in her filings in this case. These filings, as well as plaintiff’s other behavior, gave the defendants legitimate concern about plaintiff’s mental state, and her ability to safely command her company.”
On Monday, GAP announced in a press release it was in court that day with Theresa Cusick the former legal counsel for the DC Fire & EMS Department. Here’s how GAP describes Cusick’s case:
Cusick served as FEMS General Counsel until 2007, when she informed an Assistant US Attorney that a FEMS officer – who the attorney had been working with – was under investigation by the Washington, DC Office of Inspector General (DC OIG) for his alleged involvement in a cheating scandal at the FEMS Training Academy. Cusick raised concerns that neither FEMS nor the Office of the US Attorney should rely on the officer until he was cleared of any involvement.
Cusick also blew the whistle in 2007 to the DC OIG that then-Assistant DC Fire Chief Brian Lee ordered her not to communicate with either the DC OIG or the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and attempted to cover up the fact that a fire investigator was being investigated by DC OIG.
After reporting Lee’s actions to DC OIG, OAG and DC Fire Chief Dennis Rubin, Cusick was transferred from her position as General Counsel purportedly at the request of then Fire Chief Dennis Rubin.
While we have not been able to find any coverage of Cusick’s day in court, it made news in 2009 when videotaped depositions of Chief Dennis Rubin were released by GAP.
Above is an excerpt of the deposition provided by GAP (more excerpts from the deposition here and here). Below is my coverage of the story for WUSA-TV which includes the response from the DC Fire & EMS Department.
There is no date on this fire but it shows busy Detroit Engine 35 following a smoke investigation to its source, a basement fire at a house on Monterey Street in busy Highland Park.
Here’s some of the description with the video:
Crews use the red line to knock down the fire, which has migrated from the basement up to the main floor. Dispatch notifies HPFD and advises E35 to pick up. As E35 prepares to leave, HPFD arrives and stretches to complete
No one was injured, Assistant Chief Scott Graham said. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:30 p.m.
“The homeowner was working on a piece of engine equipment in the basement when it fell over and landed on a can of brake cleaner,” Graham said in a statement. A water heater pilot light ignited the brake cleaner’s fumes, and the fire extended up the walls and into the first and second floors.
Larry Shapiro on the scene early Tuesday morning of a basement fire on Hiawatha Lane in Riverwoods, Illinois. According to Larry, firefighters entering the first floor found the floor soft and were able to back out before the floor collapsed. Eventually, as you will see in Larry’s video, foam was used in the basement.
The Arlington Cardinal in Illinois covers a lot of the fires in the area and tends to have detailed accounts of the actions of firefighters. The fire yesterday afternoon in the basement of a home in the 1100 block of South Fernandez Avenue is the latest example. One firefighter and a resident who escaped were hurt. Check out the information below provided by the reporter at ArlingtonCardinal.com:
Firefighters went into the basement for an interior attack, but heavy, blowing smoke, and intense heat in the basement forced them to back out. Firefighters deployed a cellar nozzle in a south window well to the basement, but fire was able to spread to the first floor. Firefighters were ventilating on the second floor roof, and firefighters were on the sunroom roof ventilating windows when part of the first floor collapsed. No firefighters were inside the house when the floor collapsed. Firefighters on the sunroom roof were immediately ordered off of the sunroom roof. Firefighters had about five lines on the fire. Extension to the first floor initially flared up and threatened to ignite the rear first floor of the house and sunroom after part of the first floor collapsed. However, firefighters were able to keep the fire in check with multiple hose lines and two cellar nozzles on the fire.
This is from the fire yesterday on Beacon Street in Brookline, Massachusetts. IAFF Local 950 has posted a picture on Facebook taken earlier in the fire showing fire on the ground floor (the fire started in the basement). Click here.
The four-alarm blaze broke out around 9 a.m. in the basement of the Beacon Street residence, then shot upward, engulfing the upper floors, officials said. A number of residents narrowly escaped the fire, rushing from their homes through heavy smoke or scaling down the fire escape, but all made it out safely.
One woman in her 20s was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and four firefighters were treated for minor injuries, fire officials said.
Authorities are probing what sparked a four-alarm blaze that gutted a Brookline apartment building yesterday but miraculously injured none of the residents, many of whom scampered out a back entrance before a fireball shot out the front door, witnesses and officials said.
Brookline Fire Chief Paul Ford said it appears the fire started in the basement and moved quickly through the structure’s walls before engulfing parts of the third and fourth floors.
A Vietnamese market on Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts burned on Friday. The fire is reported to have started in the basement and was discovered around 11:00 AM. Two people in the store suffered smoke inhalation. The store had been recently renovated.