The news clip above includes cell phone video from a house fire Friday on Pleasant Ridge Drive in Columbia, South Carolina. The video shows a ground ladder collapsing as two firefighters climb toward an upper window.
Thanks to Marquis Solomon for passing along this story of a ruptured natural gas line that ignited yesterday afternoon in Columbia, South Carolina as workers tried to deal with the line while firefighters stood by.
Wednesday afternoon, a crew working at the intersection of Sumter and Richland Streets ruptured a gas line. Hours later, an SCE&G crew was using a track hoe to repair the line when something caused the line to ignite.
In the video, you can see two employees quickly get away from the scene. Second later, Columbia firefighters begin dousing the area with water.
In Columbia, South Dakota a house fire was reported around 8:00 on Monday morning. It belonged to Steve Wander, a volunteer firefighter who helped fight the fire. No one was home when the fire broke out on the second floor of the home and there were no injuries. Here are details from AberdeenNews.com:
Steve Wander’s home on the northwest side of Columbia at 303 N. James St. is unlivable, said Columbia Fire Chief Corey Mitchell. Firefighters were able to save the first floor and some contents, but the second floor was destroyed, he said.
Four volunteer fire departments, including Wander and his Columbia teammates; Bath; Aberdeen Rural and Groton, fought the fire in temperatures in the high 20s with 20-mph winds.
Grant Mishoe at SConFire.com is the first with new developments in the weekend crash that took the life of Firefighter Chance Zobel in Columbia, South Carolina and critically injured Firefighter Larry Irving.
According to The State, 34-year-old Neida Ortega, charged with causing the collision on I-20, is in the United States illegally and is now facing deportation proceedings. The firefighters were putting out a brush fire along the highway.
“She acknowledged that she was not in this country legally,” said S.C. Highway Patrol Col. Kenny Lancaster. “Federal officers from ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) went to her house before she left for work,” he said.She did have a license, but it was from Mexico, said Lancaster. “She said she had lived here 10 years.”
Keep checking SConFire.com for the latest developments and details on the funeral for Chance Zobel.
Golf course fire in Quebec: This fire was on October 23.
Fire department connection surfaces in FBI probe of Prince George’s County: The name of a former top official of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has made the news following yesterday’s arrests of three PGPD officers and others. The Washington Post reports that a liquor store the FBI has moved to confiscate is partially owned by former PGFD Lt. Col. Karl Granzow Jr. In September of 2008 STATter911.com and WUSA9.com reported the FBI searched Granzow’s home and his office in the fire department’s headquarters building in Largo. Granzow and others who were targeted in the 2008 raids have not been charged with any crimes. Federal law enforcement officials say that yesterday’s arrests are connected to the charges brought Friday against Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife Leslie. Read and watch the 2008 story and the latest on the investigation.
Must see video from the deadly fire in Shanghai: It is hard not to feel the tension as a man slides across a ground ladder used to bridge the gap between burning scaffolding and a tower ladder to narrowly escape the fire in China yesterday that raced through a 28-story building. Scores are dead and injured. Click here for the video. There is more from Firegeezer on the updated death toll and arrests.
Paramedics say they are whistleblowers: Two paramedics in Detroit say they are being disciplined after making comments to a TV crew that rode around with them. The pair testified before the Detroit City Council last night. Watch their story.
Arrangements for Firefighter Chance Zobel: SConFire.com has the details on the funeral for Columbia Fire Department’s Chance Zobel who was killed over the weekend after being struck by a vehicle while fighting a brush fire. The driver charged with striking Zobel and Firefighter Larry Irving does not have a valid U.S. driver’s permit. Read more.
An interesting argument: Should an FDNY lieutenant, forced to retire after many days on the pile following the 9-11 attacks, be an active volunteer firefighter on Long Island? The New York Daily News and John Brown’s former volunteer chief don’t think so. But Brown makes the case that the doctors for the New Hyde Park Fire Department have cleared him for duty while the FDNY docs thought differently and forced him out. Click here for the story.
Indictments in Massachusetts EMS re-certification scam: Five people, including a Boston firefighter, have been indicted in connection with the EMS recertification scandal that has touched a number of jurisdictions in Massachusetts. Click here for the latest.
Closing arguments in case of man charged with Bret Tarver’s death: A verdict is expected this week in the trial of the man accused of setting the supermarket fire in 2001 that killed the Phoenix firefighter. Read more.
Principal refuses to let ambulance drive onto field to get to football player with a concussion: After first denying it happened, a school official confirms a principal blew the call when she failed to let an AMR ambulance drive up to an injured football player. A San Jose Fire Department report details confirmed the information. Instead, the crew had to wheel the gurney three-quarters of the length of a football field to get to the 14-year-old patient and travel the same distance back to the unit. Here’s the story.
UPDATE from SConFire.com: Both Firefighters were from Engine Company 4. The names of the pair have been released. Firefighter Chance Zobel passed away a short time ago. Firefighter Larry Irving has multiple injuries and is expected to survive.
SConFire.com and Firefighter Close Calls are reporting that one Columbia, South Carolina firefighter has been killed and one critically injured after being struck on I-20 today.
Troopers say the firefighters were called to a brush fire in a median at 81 mile-marker around 2 PM Saturday afternoon. The fire truck stopped on the inside lane. Investigators say an Impala started to slow down as it approached the fire truck, when a van then struck the Impala. Troopers say one of the vehicles then went into the median and hit 2 firefighters. It’s not clear which vehicle hit the firefighters.