His neighbors said the 36-year-old escaped an afternoon blaze that began in his home at 310 W. Summit Ave. near Newport. Then he went back inside to rescue his dogs – two adult pit bulls and their six puppies – and never came out.
“He was a nice young man,” said Glenn Davis, who lived next-door. “He got out, but went back in to save the dogs.”
The adult male dog and the puppies died. The adult female survived.
Authorities haven’t released the name of the man they said was trapped inside the home when Five Points Fire Company volunteers arrived shortly after 1 p.m.
Video by D. Diaz, R. Contino at CamdenWyomingFire of Sunday’s fire at Hertz on North Dupont Highway. On Sunday we posted pre-arrival video showing a wide shot from Side A that included radio traffic. This has dash-cam video followed by helmet-cam video from Side C. For those, like me, who aren’t fans of music with these videos, it stops after the opening credits.
Here’s some of the description with the video:
Originally dispatched as a Car Fire. Then was upgraded to a working building fire. Arrived on scene with a 2 story commercial building with fire showing from the Charlie side.
Pre-arrival video and radio traffic from William Conklin of a building fire today in Camden, Delaware. According to Eastern Shore Fire/EMS/Police Breaking News on Facebook, this is a Hertz Car Rental facility at 1679 South Dupont Highway. No further information. (Note: This is a locked down wide-shot. Best viewed in HD on full screen.)
It’s pretty obvious this is not the kind of headline you want from a charity event. DelmarvaNow.com reports it was a wild scene Saturday night at the Seaford Fire Department Burn Camp Softball Tournament in Seaford, Delaware. According to the paper, Dagsboro Fire Department Captain Brandon Blades and his wife Cameo “were the aggressors” and are the only two charged after the fight broke out. He has been accused of disorderly conduct and had a blood alcohol level of 0.151. She has also been charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault.
The assault stems from witness accounts that she ran accross the field and struck a man from behind. The man has been identified by the paper as Brad Speakman, the Port Penn fire chief. Speakman suffered a broken nose and may require plastic surgery.
Besides all the obvious concerns of something like this happening, this is a reminder that there is no such thing as “local news” anymore. Any news can now be viewed worldwide. This incident even became fodder for the animators at TOMO News (below).
The fight broke out near one dugout at about 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jay’s Nest sports complex on North Market Street, site of the annual charity event in Sussex County.
“We’re not comfortable having this kind of behavior at our event,” (Seaford FD representative Ron) Marvel said of the fight.
At least four officers arrived to find several people fighting and arguing, the arrest affidavit said. Witnesses told officers Brandon Blades had instigated the fight and his wife punched Speakman. One witness told officers someone also put Cameo Blades in a headlock and threw her to the ground.
While officers conducted interviews, the crowd became disorderly, so Blades and his wife were taken to the police station, the affidavit said.
At 03:13 Station 41 was alerted for a working building fire on Millchop Ln in the area of Woodville Dr. 41-3 went responding at 03:17 with 41-15 (Chief Rigsby) on board and a crew of 7. Shortly after the truck left the station 41-22 went on scene confirming a working alarm and advising the building was heavily involved. Chief Rigsby then requested the alarm be upgraded bringing in Ladder Company 46 (Dover), RIT/Tanker Co 55 (Magnolia), and Tanker Company 48 (Felton). At 03:23 41-3 arrived with conditions as reported and Chief Rigsby assumed Millchop Ln command. The crew from 41-3 went to work placing two 1″ 3/4 handlines in service as well as one 2″ line. An aggressive interior attack was made on the first floor commercial structure while a second line was placed in service on the second floor apartment making an exterior attack.
Kyle Rice responded to well wishers on his Facebook page with an account of his ordeal. He has given permission for us to reprint it here:
Thank you everyone for all the texts, phone calls, messages and posts today It means a lot. I have been asked to recall what happened about 100 times today and am sure that it will only increase more over the next few days so I would like to post it here and make it easier for everyone. I will probably re-post it tomorrow also at some point.
Today I experienced something that I have heard about… countless times but never really thought it would happen to me.
Talleyville Fire Company Firefighter/EMT Kyle Rice.
While operating at a working residential house fire I was on the first due rescue truck, preforming the primary search for anyone trapped in the house due to the fire and smoke. While preforming the search, the floor I was on suddenly collapsed beneath me. I fell approximately 10 feet flat on my face into the basement with all ( it at least felt like it) the debris and flooring falling on top of me. I had no idea that I had fallen that far, thinking I was just clumsy and fell over a small step or whatnot. I was facedown on the basement floor unable to move my legs due to debris on top of me, I was able to free my right leg but not my left and ended up pulling my foot out of my boot to free it. My SCBA (Breathing apparatus we wear into fires) was entrapped and I was forced to remove it while still breathing its air, free it and my self, then put it back on.
I called a mayday at some point that I can’t remember exactly when. I tried to move around the basement to find a way to orient myself to find a way out but due to the debris and fire around me I was very limited on what direction I could move in. I was able to find the basement stairs and started to make my way up them, sans left boot and my axe I lost, I got to the top of the steps fully expecting to make my way out only to find the floor the stairs led to had also collapsed in all directions I could see. I was running out of air at this point and called mayday again, I think, to inform them I needed to be removed asap as I was out of clean air. I laid flat on the steps and started to “suck floor” while trying to breach the wall next to me to get out with little progress. During this process I was only worried when I ran out of air, I KNEW that every person on that scene was doing everything they could to find and remove me, and the other fire fighter who had fallen through a different part of floor no where near me. I could hear Eric Haley “Ceaser” yelling from someplace. I knew with absolute certainty that he would let that house fall down on his head before he left ANYONE behind, and because of that I KNEW I was going to get out along with him and everyone working to find and get us out. They did find me, beating away at the wall, and were able to pull me over a couch and partially through the wall I was taking down to get me out. I was pulled out and taking to the hospital, I have 2nd degree burns to my ears along with 1st degree to my face and some sun burn ish minor stuff also. I know I am lucky and my injuries are more then an annoyance then anything else.
What I was able to do today, how I was able to react was a direct reflection on the better men that trained me to do exactly what I did, Career and Volunteer alike how to think, fight and survive in the worst possible conditions. Today I experienced something that I never thought would happen to me.. today my life was saved by others, brothers, who would have given theirs to help me keep mine as I would for any of them. Thank you to those that trained me, and thank you to those who trained with me for days exactly like this one.
Firefighter Rice says besides acknowledging Claymont Fire Company Chief Eric Haley, that he was brought to safety by three members of his department, Chief Tom Looney, Deputy Chief Jason Stiebel and Firefighter/EMT Bobby Lynch (who is a career firefighter at Talleyville with Kyle Rice).
Christiana Fire Company’s Ladder 12 arrives first due at a two story middle of the row dwelling with heavy fire showing. With other companies arriving, Ladder 12′s officer and bar man make entry into the exposure units to conduct a primary search. With the search complete, they start venting upon the entry of the engine company.
Christiana Fire Company is currently being filmed by Dave Hernandez Photo LLC. for a web series entitiled, “Into The Smoke.” Although the camera crew wasn’t present at the time of the fire, Ladder Company 12′s Bar Man Kyle Rice provided the crew with this intense footage.
A fire that gutted 12 apartments in three buildings east of Newark this morning routed 30 people who are being assisted by the American Red Cross, officials said this afternoon. One woman was hospitalized with injuries.
The blaze struck the four-unit buildings in the first block of Hobart Drive at the Hidden Creek Commons Apartments just before 2 a.m. Damage is expected to exceed $1 million, Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said. The two-alarm fire was accidental, he said.
Video by Wayne Barrall at Fire In the Hole Photography of a fire on Monday Night at Burton Brothers Hardware in Seaford, Delaware (Sussex County). Ron and Ric Marvel are co-owners of the business and fought the blaze as members of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. Burton Brothers has been around since 1893 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
A blaze that heavily damaged Burton Bros. Hardware Store, a Delaware institution on High Street in Seaford, caused $500,000 damage and sent one injured firefighter to a burn center for treatment, investigators reported today.
Co-owner Ron Marvel, 62, said the firefighter taken to the Crozer-Chester Burn Center in Upland, Pa., was his brother and co-owner Ric Marvel, 58. He said his brother was suffering from smoke inhalation, and went first to Nanticoke hospital, then to Crozer-Chester.
“I drove the first engine in here,” said Ron Marvel. Both brothers belong to the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department, which is just a couple of blocks away from the store.
Above is video from a camera aboard one of the fire companies responding to the a fire in a Deleware City, Delaware (New Castle County) industrial park on Friday. One person was hurt and four businesses were destroyed.
The spill occurred Thursday at 1:15 p.m. from an oil tank at the Paulsboro Refinery Company facility. Refinery personnel discovered the leak shortly before 1:30 p.m. Crews were able to contain the oil before it reached the Delaware River.
The Department of Environmental Protection says the spill is not expected to impact the Delaware River local drinking water supplies. Numerous residents in Salem County , Delaware County, Delaware and Maryland have complained about the smell caused by the spill. Despite this, the DEP says air monitoring indicates the odor should not cause any major health effects.
(Kevin of Del. EMA) Wison said the New Castle County 911 center has received numerous calls about the odor this morning and is asking that people refrain from calling 911 for petroleum odors unless they believe a true emergency exists.
Delmarva Power said it was experiencing a high volume of gas odor complaints because of the oil spill, which is similar to natural gas.
Delmarva is asking natural gas customers in northern New Castle County to recognize that there is a strong outside odor emanating from this oil spill.
I am told there is still time to register for the Delaware State Fire School 2012 Officer's Seminar. The bad news is if you show up early Saturday morning you have to look at my ugly face (the face made for radio as the photographers I worked with always said). But we will have an interesting discussion on social media and reputation management issues in the fire service. One of the topics will be fighting fires and saving lives under the watchful eye of cameras everywhere you go. In fact, there have been a number of videos from Delaware in recent weeks that will be part of the discussion. Please join me. Click here or above to register.
Above is raw, pre-arrival video that begins five minutes before the first engine company up. As you can see in the video, the townhome where the fire started was beginning to fall apart even before firefighters arrived. At about 6:10 on the fireground audio below, as evacuation of one of the exposures is ordered, a mayday is sounded due to the structural collapse of the main fire building. From the audio, it sounds as if everyone was accounted for and the mayday was quickly cleared. Below the audio are two more parts of the early video followed by a news report.
A three-alarm fire destroyed one townhome and damaged at least five others Monday afternoon in the Brandywine Hundred community of Ballymeade, officials said.
The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. in the 800 block of W. Boxborough Drive, said Assistant. State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.
The home that caught fire collapsed into a pile of rubble. Before it did fire shot out of the top floor window to a home next to it and caused external damage to the roof and side of the home, Chionchio said.
Two young children were overcome by smoke and seriously injured Friday in a row-house fire in the city before being rescued by firefighters.
Both were suffering from severe smoke inhalation when they were pulled from the home in the 1100 block of Pleasant St. in the city's Hilltop neighborhood, said Cpl. Peter Small of New Castle County paramedics. Neither had significant burns, he said.
The injured children — a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy — were taken by ambulance to Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland. The boy later was transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was reported in critical condition Friday night, according to Wilmington Fire Department Chief Michael Harris. The girl was in serious but stable condition at A.I., Harris said.
Small said the girl was in respiratory arrest at the scene but paramedics were able to restore her breathing en route to the hospital.
Other occupants in the home got out safely and no firefighters were injured during the rescue, said Al Huelsenbeck, deputy chief of operations for the Wilmington Fire Department.
Neighbor Christopher Charles, 27, tried to enter the house, but was overcome by smoke. Witnesses said Charles and another man then scaled the front wall of the brick row home.
Wilmington police Officers Gerald Connor and Michael Rinehart were among the first on the scene and entered the home, but they encountered heavy smoke and could not make it to the second floor, Sgt. Thomas Ragonese said.
Two firefighters, Lt. Erick Haley and senior firefighter Neil Skinner, went upstairs and rescued the children, Huelsenbeck said.
News release from Wilmington Fire Department:
NEWS RELEASE: TWO CHILDREN PULLED FROM HOUSE FIRE
LOCATION: 1100 BLOCK OF PLEASANT STREET
DATE: DECEMBER 9, 2011
TIME: 12:20 HOURS
Wilmington firefighters on the A-Platoon were dispatched to the above address for a report of a house on fire with two children still trapped inside and neighbors courageously attempting to rescue the two children.
The first arriving units were faced with a two-story middle-of-the-row home with heavy smoke coming from the second floor windows and fire venting from the rear.
Firefighters aggressively began search and rescue efforts in the burning home. The rapid search of members from Tower-2-A, Lieutenant Eric Haley and Senior Firefighter Cornelius Skinner resulted with two small children being rescued from the intense heat and smoke conditions. Both children required resuscitation on scene from medical crews; they were quickly transported to A. I. DuPont Hospital and are listed “In Critical Condition”.
The fire was located in the rear second floor bedroom and extinguished. The fire was placed under control at 12:50 hours.
The Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office responded to investigate the blaze. Delmarva Power responded and secured the utilities to the home. The Department of Licenses & Inspections also responded to assist at the scene. The fire is under investigation
The American Red Cross was contacted to provide relocation and other assistance to two adults and two other children that lived at this address.
A STATter911.com reader, Darren van Ek, found one that we missed from Sussex County, Delaware back on July 8. The chief, the videographer and the tanker get to Argos Corner Store outside of Slaughter Beach before anyone else and discover fire and a downed wire. The video ends when the man with the camera is pressed into service to pump.
Jeff Mould sent along his latest video from the Delaware beaches. This is from a fire around 6:00 last night on South 3rd Street in South Bethany. These are the first three of ten clips. You can check out Jeff’s YouTube channel for the rest or go to FireCritic.com.
In the early afternoon, Stations 51, 45 (Clayton), and Queen Annes County Station 6 (Sudlersville) for the RIT along with KM5 were dispatched for a house fire. Engine 51-3 (Asst. Chief C. Lucas) responded and Kent Center advised a report of fire coming from the house. 51-3 assumed command reporting fire showing from the Alpha side of a single story, single family home. Crew from 51-3 pulled a 2.5″ blitz line while crew from Quint 45 pulled 2 additional 1.75″ hand lines to attack the bulk of the fire. Command requested Delaware Electric Coop for priority 1 as well as 2 additional tanker companies; Station 56 (Marydel) and Station 44 (Smyrna). QA Station 6 also ran a tanker as well as the initial RIT Engine. Engine 454′s Officer (Chief S. Carrow) assumed the water supply operations.
Command instructed initial defensive operations until majority of the fire could be controlled and conditions improved for crews to enter the structure. All crews worked together to find and extinguish any burning hot spots. Command placed situation under control at 14:58 and units cleared at 16:42
Special thank you to Station 43 (Cheswold) for covering the district.
Units on Scene: 51-3, T-51, Br51-9, A-51, Light and Air 51, E45-3, E45-4, Q45, R45, T44, E443, T56, E56-2, QA E64, QA T6, KM5 and Fire Police
This video was shot by Jeff Mould just after 7:00 Friday night. It occurred on Elizabeth Way between Mays Way and Elizabeth Court in South Bethany, Delaware (Sussex County). The best I can tell the fire impacted the three homes in the picture below from Bing Maps. The home in the center is where the fire started.
Click the image above to tour the neighborhood via Bing Maps
Apartment fire in Spokane, Washington: This is from a fire yesterday at the Houston House Apartments in North Spokane. News reports confirm what the video shows that it started on the second floor and had spread to the roof by the time firefighters had knocked the fire in the original apartment and the one above. The fire went to three-alarms with no injuries reported. Click here for four more video clips.
The battle over ambulance fees in Montgomery County, Maryland: Hours away from Tuesday’s election, The Washington Post’s Michael Laris tries to sort out all of the charges and counter-charges in the divisive fight over whether Montgomery County can bill insurance companies for ambulance service. Here’s the story.
Pikesville, Maryland house fire: Michael Schwartzberg was on the scene at a fire in Baltimore County early Sunday morning that left one occupant burned. Watch the video.
Child & adult dead in collision with fire vehicle in Delaware: DelawareOnline.com reports the two deaths in Felton Sunday evening after a crash on Dupont Highway with a utility vehicle from the Harrington Fire Department. A Delaware State Police report says a 29-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy were killed when their vehicle used the median to pass an SUV driven by a Harrington FD member and then struck the SUV before hitting another vehicle heading in the opposite direction on the highway.
Fire building with a checkered past: In Kalamazoo, Michigan Saturday evening a fire destroyed part of the 88-year-old former Checker Motors complex. The fire has been called suspicious. Checker was famous for its distinctive taxis. Read more.
Mississippi house fire: Video from a fire Saturday in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Click here.
Professional wrestling and amateurish handling of the emergency: Dave recalls his youth watching wrestling matches at the Baltimore Civic Center as he looks at a four-year-old video of a fire during a televised wrestling event. Check it out.
Detroit sees increase in fires over Halloween weekend: Certainly far from the 800 fires on Devil’s Night in 1984, but the three day total was at 129, 10 more than last year. Read more.
EMS chief accused of being drunk at scene: An interesting story from Gloucester Township, NJ where the head of the EMS Alliance was arrested at a barricade scene. Here’s the story.
The parrot in the house fire becomes the canary in the coal mine: No smoke alarms in a York, Pennsylvania home that caught fire early Thursday morning. But two people made it out thanks to their squawking pet parrot. Here’s more.
Behind the scenes during Backdraft filming: A look back 20-years to Ron Howard and company shooting in Chicago for Backdraft. Click here.
Turmoil at Texas fire company: The chief quit in disgust, an assistant chief stepped down and at least one other firefighter has left the Noonday VFD. The problem started when a repo man tried to snatch a firefighter’s vehicle. The claim is firefighters tried to prevent the repo man from doing his job. Read and watch the details.
Blockage in vent requires extrication: Martin Grube at Fire Rescue TV had an up close and personal view of an unusual extrication in the exhaust system of a Virginia Beach, Virginia restaurant. Click here for the video.
Garages on fire in Millville, Massachusetts: Matt Gregoire at Providence Fire Videos caught this one on Saturday afternoon.
The video above is from the 2009 event at Dover International Speedway honoring fallen firefighters and supporting firefighter safety. This year Rusty Wallace and NASCAR president Mike Helton are scheduled to join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at the hospitality tent in Dover on Sunday September 26 for the Sprint Cup Series at the Monster Mile.
Come join the fun. I’ll be there, camera in hand, shooting video for the Foundation. Get your tickets now.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Memorial Weekend is October 2 & 3 this year. Recently NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki took a few moments to talk about this year’s ceremony and how you can help honor the 105 firefighters whose names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Full Disclosure: For those who aren’t aware, I now do work on media matters for the Foundation.)
Below are links to some of the things Chief Siarnicki mentions, plus a few other NFFF reminders:
Do you have the 2010 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Tribute Widget on your website?
Honor the firefighters being remembered at this year’s Memorial Weekend by placing this special tribute on your website. Each day we will feature one of the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2009 along with 25 who died in previous years. Firefighter Close Calls is one of the more than 100 websites and blogs carrying the widget so far. We challenge all firefighters to make sure your department has the widget added to its homepage. Get the code:http://weekend.firehero.org/widget/
A Memorial Weekend Tradition Now Online: Sign the Remembrance Banner
The Remembrance Banner is a Memorial Weekend tradition that allows family members to write messages to their fallen firefighters. Now everyone can pay tribute to a firefighter we have lost with this online Remembrance Banner. Write your thoughts about a relative, friend or colleague who has been honored at Emmitsburg. Also, if you’ve attended or volunteered at a previous Memorial Weekend, share a special memory with us or pay tribute to a fallen hero. The Virtual Remembrance Banner:http://weekend.firehero.org/remembrance/banner.php
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Team up with State Farm® and MLB® to support the charity of your choice and you could win a trip for 2 to the 2010 MLB® World Series® ! Simply pick the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) as your charity, play the Go To Bat game online and swing for the fences. Go to bat for us today: http://www.statefarm.com/gotobat
This holiday weekend there have been a number of reports of seriously injured firefighters and a firefighter killed during a large fire in Texas. Here are four incidents that have been brought to our attention.
Click the image to see Steve Skaar's series of pictures at ExtraAlarm.org as Minneapolis firefighters rescue one of their own who dropped onto a porch roof from the attic because of deteriorating fire conditions.
Both Captain Dennis Mack, a 19 year veteran, and Firefighter Jacob LaFerriere, a 9 year veteran, have second and third degree burns and are being treated at a burn unit.
Firefighters burned setting up fireworks display: In Idaho, three firefighters from the Mountain Home Fire Department were burned while setting up the town’s annual fireworks display at a local golf course on Saturday. One of the fireworks exploded in the hands of a firefighter. All had been initially treated and released, but the firefighter holding the shell had first, second and third degree burns and was expected to go to a burn center for more treament. Read and watch the story.
Delaware firefighter revived: As crowds were returning from fireworks in Dewey Beach late Sunday night there was a call for a house fire. WGMD reports It turned out to be some bushes set on fire by consumer fireworks. But at the scene a Seaford firefighter went into cardiac arrest. Bike medics were able to get through the traffic and continue treament started by fellow firefighters. After being shocked twice, the 60-something man regained a pulse. Read more.
Barn burner: No details on this very early video of a barn fire in the U.K. with lots of popping sounds from inside. It is early enough that you even see the cattle getting down, getting low and getting out.
TIC used by FDNY in Times Square helped indicate something wasn’t right: We have interviews and raw video from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s visit to firefighters who were among the first responders in Times Square Saturday night. Also, the diagram of how the Nissan Pathfinder was rigged. Check it out.
While we are on the subject, Fire Engineering’s Bobby Halton gives us his views on this latest terrorist act and what it means for first responders. Click here.
Steve Roth at 911 Photography has a bunch of pictures from a two-alarm house fire in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania yesterday. Click the image for the rest of the photos and the details.
EMS credentials for sale: That’s the accusation in Lexington, Massachusetts where a firefighter is under investigation by the state over his side business of teaching EMS skills. Click here for the story.
Deputy chief resigns/retires over handling of MDA boot drive money: Just before a disciplinary hearing was to be held over $2300 in boot drive money, a Hamilton, Massachusetts deputy chief left the department. Here’s the story.
Steve Skipton and Ted Aurig from PhillyFireNews.com were on the scene of a 4-alarm apartment fire in Merhcantville, NJ (Camden County) yesterday afternoon. Click the image to see more of their photos.
And this is why some firefighters don’t like to do door-to-door fundraising: A District 6 volunteer firefighter in Hardin County, Tennessee was trying to raise money. Instead he raised the ire of a dog who bit the firefighter sending him to the emergency room. Read more.
Another, “What and give up show business?” moment courtesy of the Firegeezer: Bill Schumm, the favorite of firefighters from Germany, tells us about a daring rescue in a rain swollen creek at a fairground. Check it out.