Two Brampton homes were damaged in a fire this afternoon that appears to have started in a garage and spread to the neighbour's house, according to Brampton firefighters.
The two-car garage at 2 Copeland Road in the area of McLaughlin Road and Charolais Boulevard was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived just after 2 p.m. The homeowners were alerted to the blaze by someone pounding on their front door. A couple and their two adult children escaped unhurt.
But the fire spread into the home's second floor bedrooms, and through the roof.
A massive explosion at a fireworks warehouse killed two workers Thursday, police said, leaving a huge plume of smoke blanketing an area west of Montreal.
A series of explosions spread from the charred building after the initial blast at B.E.M. Fireworks near Valleyfield, Quebec. Images from the scene showed a building near a major highway completely destroyed.
Provincial police said two bodies were found in the wreckage but they did not identify them.
Nearly two hours after the blast, fireworks could still be heard exploding at the scene of the fire that continued to burn out of control hours after the explosion, according to witnesses.
Local fire chief Stephane Massicotte said since the warehouse was filled with pyrotechnics it was difficult to battle the blaze.
“This caused a huge amount of flames and very intense heat,” Massicotte told reporters.
He said 150 firefighters were used to battle the flames, which were under control by early Thursday afternoon. Reporters on the ground also indicated that there were no fire hydrants in the vicinity.
“All of a sudden I heard, ‘boom, boom, bang,’” Mario Cramerstetter said from his office, which is just over a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the site.
Cramerstetter said it looked like a small building caught fire first and then spread to a larger storage unit.
Police ordered the surrounding community of Coteau-du-Lac evacuated. A nearby highway was also closed in both directions.
Police also said low traces of metal materials were found in the surrounding area.
Video captured by a news helicopter showed fireworks igniting inside the remnants of the smoldering building.
According to its website, B.E.M. has been designing and manufacturing pyrotechnics and fireworks for 25 years.
Fire crews responded to a reported structure fire at 445 Indian Creek Road just after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon to discover thick, heavy, toxic smoke billowing from the house. Firefighters tried to knock down the fire quickly, but the fire was already in the walls of this balloon frame construction house. Fire traveled through the hollow walls of the structure spreading from the basement to the attic, which made it difficult to find and extinguish the blaze.
Video above from Pascal Marchand of a three-alarm fire in a duplex on Wednesday that took the life of a teenaged girl in a building at 15th Ave and Crémazie E in St-Michel in Montreal. (Video below from Vincent Ashby.)
Here’s an excerpt from the description:
After burning for over an hour firemen were told to evacuate the building. Some were trapped on the roof and had to escape to the next building with the help of a ladder.
The City of Laval, north of Montreal, Canada has been ordered by a judge to pay almost $3.7 million to Factory Mutual Insurance Company because Laval firefighters made a warehouse fire eight years ago worse by starting a second fire. The original fire was in a storage room at the Dyne-a-Pak foam plant on September 25, 2004. According to SunNews, firefighters using a saw, accidentally started a second fire:
They used a chainsaw to cut a hole in a ceiling across the hall from where the fire was raging. Sparks from the saw ignited rolls of polystyrene, causing a second fire.
It took 11 hours to put out the blaze, and the warehouse was heavily damaged.
In a Dec. 13 ruling, Judge Andre Roy agreed the chainsaw caused the second fire.
This is an apartment fire from the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro on Montreal’s West Island. It was posted yesterday to YouTube, but I believe it occurred in March of 2011. The title on the video by SuperAliReza007 is “fire at my old building, never before seen footage! with commentary by me n waldo”. And it is that commentary that makes viewing this video STATter911.com worthy.
If you ever really wanted to know what SOME of those in the public think of what you do and how you do it, here is your chance to find out. It is quite the rant starting at about 2:45 in the video and continuing throughout. The focus is on a hose stretched to what appears to be Side C of the apartment and the videographer and “Waldo” blasting, cussing and mocking the firefighters for not using it. It should be noted that there are firefighters inside the structure at the time and later you see water coming out of the burning apartment that these fire analysts want them to throw water into. At one point you hear one of the men saying the fire would go out much faster if they were shooting water on it from both the inside and the outside at the same time.
One of my favorite quotes is in the headline: “They could have put this $%#* out a long time ago man if they just used that %$@!*ing hose.”
I will let you be the judge if that’s the case.
The pair get quite excited at 19:15 into the video when water is sprayed from the outside.
We have two collapses to show you from a major fire that began Sunday night in downtown Amherst, Nova Scotia. The clip above is as demolition crews came in to take down what was left of the buildings that had burned, including a large apartment house. Listen as the crowd anticipates what’s going to happen when the free standing wall on Side D is given a little nudge.
The collapse in the video below (at 4:51) occurs after the collapse above, but may have happened a little more naturally with the mixture of fire and water.
And below is the same collapse from a different vantage point.
The building was engulfed by 3 a.m. with just a shell left in the morning. Attention was focused on saving the adjoining Black Block, but flames fanned by strong westerly winds caused it to get out of control on Monday afternoon.
The roof of a neighbouring building, that houses law offices and the Cumberland Early Intervention Program, was heavily damaged when a section of wall fell on it.
The blaze completely gutted the building, and damaged neighbouring homes, several bicycles and a car parked in the alley behind the building.
“Investigators eventually managed to get into the residence and they were able to confirm that it was an incendiary fire,” Ottawa Fire spokesperson Marc Messier tells 1310News. “So Ottawa police arson unit has been called in and they are taking the lead on this investigation.”
Messier says the fire started in a second floor hallway.
Jason Low, STATter911.com reader and a firefighter at Redwood Meadows Emergency Services in for Redwood Meadows Emergency Services in Alberta, Canada sent us this information about a fire last night at a service station:
Redwood Meadows Emergency Services (RMES) along with mutual aid partners from Cochrane, Springbank, Elbow Valley, Priddis, Madden, and Langdon all worked together to extinguish a gas/service station that caught fire at 8:20pm MST Monday night. Initial reports are that a car being worked on inside the service bays contained gasoline fumes which were ignited by the overhead heater. One person sustained minor injuries.
Bragg Creek's commercial district is comprised largely of unsprinklered wooden structures. The fact that this was held to the building of origin and did not spread to the very close by strip shopping mall and another gas station can be directly attributed to effective water (tanker) shuttles and frequent pre-plan/table-top exercises by RMES.
This is audio from a fire on Thursday at 181511A St. in South Edmonton, Alberta. It was reported around 2:40 PM and burned through the night. As an evacuation of the building was ordered, a crew, unable to exit from the top floor, called a mayday in an effort to get a ladder to their location.
Firefighters had to fight the fire from outside the building after crews put in a mayday call while inside. Heavy smoke and steam generated by the cold temperatures can reduce firefighter’s visibility to zero, Lamb said.
Temperatures on Thursday evening were in the mid -20 C range with the wind chill. Equipment was damaged from ice buildup, and firefighters tend to tire more quickly in cold temperatures, Lamb said.
Crews were being rotated to prevent injuries and fatigue, (Deputy Chief John) Lamb said.
There were no injuries reported as of about 9 p.m. Thursday. At that time, the fire was still not under control.
Firefighters rescued residents who were stranded on the upper floors of a burning apartment building in Winnipeg early Saturday, finishing their rescues with only moments to spare before the entire structure was fully-engulfed.
"There were people hanging out windows when we showed up," said Bill Clark, the fire department's deputy chief of operations.
Fire crews had to use ladders to save several people from the Sherbrook Street building, located between Sargent and Ellice Avenues. Some tenants were forced to escape from their windows.
Firefighters rushed into the building in what officials are calling a spectacular rescue effort. "We were able to search the building in really bad conditions," said Bill Clark of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.
This story from last June should have made my 2011 year end review and won a STATty for the biggest loser caught on video. We featured Dustin Anderson's confrontation with a Vancouver firefighter during the rioting that occurred after the Canucks were defeated in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Anderson was interviewed by CBC News after the video developed quite an audience and said:
"I went to him for help because I had been pepper sprayed. He told me to go home… He was trying to get in my face."
Anderson will now have the opportunity to tell his story to the judge after being charged with hitting the firefighter.
Dustin Anderson also told CBC News in June that he felt "horrible" and that he can't leave his home "because everybody recognizes me". The charges are bringing a new round of publicity for Anderson which may help everyone by keeping the man home bound again. Make sure you check out the Arrest Dustin Anderson Facebook group for more on this upstanding citizen.
I show my age when I make too much of this, but I still sometimes shake my head in amazement over the impact of the digital video revolution. This is an example of one of those moments. Searching for fire video for the blog this afternoon, I came across the one immediately below showing a distant shot of a vacant house fire yesterday in Downtown Calgary. The video quality is not that great but what caught my eye was the flashover that occurs at 1:10 in the clip.
As I was thinking about whether it showrf enough to be of interest to anyone, I continued searching for something else to post. That's when I came across the video above. It was shot from right in front of a burning home. This one didn't say the city, but to my surprise this house also suddenly erupted in flames at the :35 point (well, not a complete surprise, even from this amateur's reading of the smoke).
For just a moment I thought how odd it was, even in our digital age, to see two somewhat violent flashovers on video in one day. But the thought only lasted a couple of seconds before it dawned on the editor of this rag that they might be the same house fire. Reading further into the descriptions I noticed they both occurred on 14th Avenue. Even an idiot like me is able to occasionally come up with the answer four, or something close to it, when asked to add two and two.
I spent a career chasing fire engines in mostly unsuccessful efforts to capture dramatic video like this. Today, TV news operations just have to wait for the citizens to bring it to them. And often there are a variety of videos to choose from.
In the 1970s Gil Scott-Heron told us the revolution will be televised. He just didn't explain the citizens would be doing it and it would be a multi-camera shoot.
It looks like they could have made a fortune selling tickets to this house fire yesterday in Brampton, Ontario. The neighborhood came out in force to view firefighters deal with a garage fire that was starting to extend to the house. No further information.
NOTE: The video has now been removed by the user. A shame. I wrote all of these words about something that no longer exists. Well, I guess you had to be there.
And in case you weren't in on the joke earlier, this is what the videographer was laughing about and yelled. "This is going on fail blog".
You don't know how many times I've heard from firefighters and cops, "All the news media wants to do is show us messing up". I have made the point for a while that the traditional press may be the least of your worries these days. It's everyone else with a camera who are more likely to take video of your mistakes and show them to the world.
In this case they are promoting a "Firefighter fail at 1:57". Yes, you will see and hear the great entertainment those watching the fire get from a firefighter falling backwards over a curb onto his SCBA as he stretches a line. My back aches just seeing it from my chair (I have back issues). There is great excitement by the photographer to get this on YouTube.
Unless this was a serious injury to a firefighter, I wouldn't have seen it as newsworthy and it would not have made my story on the fire when I was in TV (even if it was a major blaze). I think most of the people I worked with would feel the same way. But a bystander with a camera doesn't necessarily have the filters (however skewed they are) that the more traditional news operations have (not that the news media's standards aren't being pushed lower and lower).
To me it's all about context. While I don't like to laugh at firefighters falling (unless the firefighter is laughing at himself) I think this video is probably okay for training. Maybe for a review of situational awareness and the hazards around during the everyday tasks a firefighter is involved in.
And that is the double edged sword of our cameras everywhere environment. Because of the fire paparazzi, this generation of the fire service has an enormous amount of material to use for training. And this includes firefighters falling. From the Pennsylvania fire a few days ago where a firefighter fell partially through the flaming roof of a house (I don't think anyone was laughing at that fall) to a video that was briefly on YouTube a few months ago of a Maryland firefighter who failed to lock in on a ladder before opening the nozzle and ended up on the ground.
It is a natural feeling that is perfectly understandable. I haven't been a firefighter for thirty years and I feel the very same way (but I always need to double check my position when I find I am agreeing with Rhett). I guess it comes down to the age old question of whether they are laughing at you or with you.