Crews from the Dallas Fire Department responded to a home on the 400 block of SW Washington Street around 9 a.m. Thursday. The only occupant of the house had discovered the fire and tried to extinguish it but was unsuccessful. The resident left the building before firefighters arrived.
By the time fire units arrived the roof of the home had partially collapsed.
The home next door had a low clearance so firefighters evacuated its occupants, none of which suffered any injury. Two firefighters reportedly suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
One person is dead as a result of a fire that heavily damaged two three-story homes at Tremont and Sudbury streets on Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The victim lived on the third floor, and firefighters were able to get him out of the house as it was burning, Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Ayotte said. The man was taken to Waterbury Hospital, where he died, he said.
Ayotte said three firefighters were injured, and were treated at Watebury Hospital.
“There is a lot of damage to both buildings. They’re pretty well gutted,” Ayotte said. “The fire had a head start. Both houses were pretty well involved by the time we got there.”
About 75 firefighters from 10 companies prevented the fire from spreading to a much larger barn on the property and a neighboring woodworking business.
“When we got there, fire was through the roof on a 20-by-40 barn,” (Martindale Fire Chief Anthony) Groff said. “Exposure control was a major concern. There were exposures on both sides.”
A large barn containing horses, livestock, hay and straw is right next to the burned barn, Groff said. And the Newswanger Wood Specialties building at 313 Gristmill Road is only about 10 feet from the burned barn.
Early Frday morning Don Murtha III (murthad02) shot video of back-to-back two alarm fires in Buffalo, New York. During the first fire (above) on Timon Street, firefighter pulled out a mother and child. The mother died at the hospital. Here’s news coverage. Below is Don’s description:
Buffalo Firefighters responded early this morning at 0025 Hrs for a report of a structure fire on Timon St. Ladder 6 went on location reporting fire on the 1st floor with reports of 2 victims trapped inside. Rescue 1 reported an exposure involved & B-43 requested an additional 2 & 1 to the scene (E2, E31, L5). B-56 reported heavy fire on the 1st floor extending throughout, & requested the balance of the 2nd alarm to the scene. An additional 2 Engines (E36, E25) were also requested to the scene. B-56 reported 2 victims rescued by Rescue 1. One victim was pronounced at an area hospital.
Here’s Don’s description on the second fire (above). Note the evacuation order comes at 15:05:
Buffalo Firefighters responded early this morning at 0303 Hrs to investigate an odor of smoke on Forest Ave. Engine 19 went on location with smoke showing and requested the balance of the 1st alarm to the scene. B-44 reported heavy smoke from the rear of a 200×40 building and requested an additional 2 & 1 (E28, E36, L14) to the scene. B-56 reported heavy fire conditions on the 1st floor and requested the balance of the 2nd alarm to the scene. All crews were ordered out of the main fire building and defensive operations were used.
This is the latest video from Highland Park, Michigan Firefighter Scott Ziegler (HPZ1442). It is from around 10:30 Thursday morning. The fire took the life of a man whose body was found in the middle of the three homes that burned. Here is news coverage of the fire and below is Scott’s account with the video:
Called to report of a fire in an occupied dwelling around 9am. We arrived with a crew of 6, to find one house fully involved with the houses on both sides involved as well. As you can see here We dumped our monitor on the middle home while I stretched our bundles for each exposure home. With only one good hydrant in the area being right in front of the scene, our OIC decided to pump off our ladder so that we could use elevated stream for the middle home(which was to far gone to sustain life or make entry) and make an interior attack with hand lines on both exposures. While setting up tower operations our truck would not go into pump and it took several minutes to fix that problem. You will see me make a quick check on the 1st floor of the left side home for any occupants, was radioed outside as all occupants were accounted for. I then went to an exposure line which as you can see has no pressure at first. Knocked down some fire from the outside before making entry with firefighter Tikkanen into the right side exposure home. At this same time 2 other firefighters are making an interior attack on the home to the left, while tower operations are taking care of the middle home. We made entry through the window since the door was barred and locked together with several large chains. That door was eventually opened by one of the guys working exterior. We had heavy fire in the 2nd floor with part of the roof burned off the back side of the house, and heavy fire coming from the house next door. We knocked down most of the 2nd floor while attempting to hold off fire coming from the center home. Once both our low air alarms started to go off, our chief made entry to tell us we had fire in the basement which we assume came from the house next door when the outer walls fell down. My camera must not have had a full charge because I did not get anymore footage after changing my first bottle. Him and another firefighter made a push on the basement while we changed our bottles. Both firefighters from the left side home have finished up putting out that fire and have joined us in the right side home where we still have fire in the void spaces and attic. An attic ladder was brought in to knock down what was left up there, and we got reports from OIC that the basement had took off again. Myself and my Sgt went back to the basement where we found extreme heat and heavy fire towards that back side of the house. Unable to make progress pushing through the basement heat we went upstairs and put it out through a basement window. The 4 of us fighting this fire went through 4 and a half bottles each. We worked at this scene until 730pm mopping up hot spots. It was a long day Unfortunately shortly after our arrival we were told there was possibly a man in the center home who had not gotten out. We fully feel that the outcome of this fire could not have been different based on the conditions when we arrived. The center home was fully involved and through the roof. We did in fact find the body of a man, which you can read about on myfoxdetroit. We are very upset at the loss of one of our citizens and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. This video was edited down from about 40 minutes of footage. I only take out some sound (language or sensitive material) and anything that you cannot hear or see for long periods of time. I used a FireCam 1080 to film this video. I did my best to explain this fire in order to maybe cut back on the Key board firefighters making their usual comments. I may have forgotten to mention some things. If you dont like the way we did or do something…dont do it were you work.
This is helmet-cam video from High Def Helmet of a fire on Monday afternoon in the 4500 block of Perry Street in Jacksonville, Florida. According to news reports, the fire began on the front porch of one home and spread to a house next door. Neighbors complained to reporters about water supply issues they believe allowed the fire to spread, something Jacksonville Fire Rescue denies.
Above is video this morning at 3757 South Ashland in Chicago, the site Tuesday night of the largest fire in the city in at least seven years. Below is video and fireground audio taken Tuesday night. From top to bottom the clips are from Larry Shapiro, Steve Redick and Radioman911TV.
This is video (above and below) from RayEMT of a fire reported at 5:18 AM on December 18 on East Pimlico Road in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. It shows the view from two helmet-cams. Here’s an excerpt from the video description:
Command arrives and finds same conditiond and has expouser issues on the “B” & “D” Side. Engine 72 arrives pulles (3) 1.75″ lines One went to the “A” ,”B” & “D” side. There were some water issues as there were no hydrant in the area. Crews had the fire under control in about an hr.
Everyone is going to Be monday morning QB. There is not one department that does things prefect. at The End as long as My Guys get home to there family and no on is injuried its a good outcome.
Three Old Greenwich families are homeless after a “firestorm” quickly spread from house-to-house at the height of Hurricane Sandy, testing the resolve of shaken firefighters who were hailed Tuesday for their efforts to prevent the inferno from consuming the rest of the densely developed neighborhood.
A team of career and volunteer firefighters grappled with winds in excess of 80 mph and a treacherous storm surge Monday night that Fire Chief Peter Siecienski said forced them to stand down, but not before rescuing a dozen people from Binney Lane, a private drive off Shore Road.
Here’s the description with this video from MFD657:
Massapequa Fire Department battles fully involved house fire on East Hamilton Ave in East Massapequa. We battled this to prevent spread to the house on the right. In the end unfortunately they were both lost. Water level 5ft and rising. Hurricane Sandy.
A week ago today a fire that started in a home undergoing renovation in New Orleans spread to another home being renovated next door. Before it was over embers spreading downwind ignited six more homes in Tremé in the area of North Robertson Street between between Esplanade Avenue and Kerlerec Street.
The video above by Lark Sowell, passed along to us by frequent New Orleans visitor Vito Maggiolo, begins before the arrival of the fire department. The first unit on the scene is the safety officer who was in the area and reported the fire.
The video below by Halen13420 shows some of the homes that were ignited by the blowing embers.
Chief 39 (Martin) took the New Holland Sales Stables command and order the apartment building on East Franklin Street be evacuated as the fire raged out of controll pushing thick smoke through the building and hot embers on the roof. Command 39 than ordered a 2nd alarm be transmitted as the first alarm units from the area started to go to work on the 100 x 50 building. During operations, multiple sections of the older building collapsed from the intense heat and from the pressure of the master streams in service.
The New York City Fire Department said the fire spread to the side of a neighboring home that was occupied but they were able to get in under control and no injuries were reported.
“I heard at least two explosions, very loud, one was louder than the other, quite loud explosions,” said one witness. “I have no idea what it was. Nothing different, just a massive wall of high fiery flames.”
Battalion Chief James Doherty said the property was sprawling, 90 feet into the interior, which made it difficult for firefighters to gain access. The fire quickly went to three alarms. Jean Guo, who has lived in the house with her husband for five years, told PIX11 News nobody was in the house during renovation. Looking at the home ravaged by fire, she said tearfully, “We lost everything.” Fire Marshals were at the scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Dan Clerico from Northeast Bravest on the scene in Newark, New Jersey for a two-alarm house fire on Friday in the 700 block of Summer Avenue. Here’s some of Dan’s description:
Companies arrived to the 700 block of Summer Ave with heavy fire on arrival from a 2 story vacant with extension to a 3 story apartment building. BC-3 requested a 2nd alarm on arrival as Engine 9 & 13 crews made entry to the fire building while Ladder 13 and 6 went to work with roof operations. Engine 9 grabbed the plug and supplied Engine 13. Multiple firefighters went down with reported heat exhausting and a member from Rescue 1 fell off a staircase injuring his knee.
NOTE: As a number of people wrote in, the stripped down pumper is being used as a reserve piece for a squad.
This video was posted yesterday from a fire at Dolphin and Midland in Detroit. I know things are pretty bad in Detroit, but take a look at the second arriving engine pulling up at 3:45 in the video (see image below). That I can tell there is no hose and there are no ladders on the rig. Let’s hope it was just coming back from the shop and they decided to run the call.
The latest from HPZ1442 on YouTube. A recent house in Highland Park, Michigan, Here’s the description:
We responded to a call for a house on fire on Louis near 2nd ave around 2300. We arrived to find a fully involved vacant house with partial collapse and fire through the roof. The dwelling has no exposures to the B side but is extremely close to the home on the D side. We laid in to establish a water supply knowing that we had a simi DECENT hydrant on the corner of 2nd, and several non working hydrants on this street. Our OIC decided on a defensive attack as there was no chance for survival inside the house and it was extremely close to the house next door. The pressure from our hydrant only allowed for use of our deck gun and 2 hand lines. Our ladder truck is out of service at this time. Our crew quickly set up a line in between the two homes and made entry to the vacant structure next door. We continued to monitor the interior of that dwelling through out this incident. We battled to get this fire under control for several hours but kept it contained to one dwelling. No injuries have been reported. At one point in this video you will see us shut down the hydrant so that we can re-position the engine. We generally pull past a dwelling with that much fire to avoid damage to our apparatus. Our OIC felt the need to re-position so that we had a better angle with our deck gun.
The four-alarm fire began at about 5:20 p.m. and was knocked out at about 6 p.m. It tore through a single family home and two multi-family homes on 112th Street, destroying two of the homes and damaging one.
The video above is from BuffNetwork.com of a fire yesterday at 140 East 56th Street in Manhattan. Below is aftermath video from Lehigh Valley’s Bravest (apparently running as a mutual aid videographer).
Seven residents were displaced in Friday night’s fire on Lincoln Avenue, which remains under investigation, fire officials said Saturday.
Firefighters arrived at 1243 Lincoln Ave. shortly after 7 p.m. Friday to find that not only that house was burning, but that flames had spread to 1245 Lincoln Ave.
Preliminary reports indicate the fire originated on the front, first-floor room of 1243 Lincoln Ave., officials said. It quickly extended through the first floor, second floor and into the attic, eventually causing the roof to collapse.
On this page is raw video from four different angles of a multi-alarm fire Wednesday night at a townhouse complex under construction in Santa Clara, California that threatened occupied buildings.
From what I can tell the video above was taken on the A side of the burning buildings by a frightened neighbor before the arrival of firefighters. The second video appears to have been shot shortly after the arrival of the first engine company and shows the exposures on the B side. Video three is later in the operation and shows the view from the D side exposures. The final video is from outside the complex showing the C side and the ladder pipe operations.
Authorities on Thursday continued to investigate a raging five-alarm fire in Santa Clara that destroyed unfinished townhouses as residents chased out by the blaze were gradually allowed to return to their homes.
Randy Titus, a battalion chief for the Santa Clara Fire Department, said the fire destroyed two structures each with four units that were under construction. He estimated the fire caused $2.4 million in damage, not including damage to surrounding townhomes that were occupied.
The video above and below by Ian Allardice are from a four-alarm fire in Fall River, Massachusetts that was reported around 4:00 on Friday. It is now being investigated as arson.
The lengthy raw clips show a number of challenges faced by firefighters, including high winds and arcing electrical lines. In part two, below, check the collapse with the chimney crashing down at 4:08. Then at 10:45 it appears the fuel tank on a vehicle that was on fire ruptured, sending burning fuel down the street.
The bottom two videos are TV news coverage of the fire. These include video of what appears to be a later collapse of the home where the fire started.
Fire, fueled by high winds, brought down a two-family home as the blaze forced the evacuation of an entire neighborhood in Fall River, Massachusetts.
The blaze burned quickly, engulfing two, six-family homes on either side of the building. Eleven people lived in the home where the fire started. Dozens more lived in the neighboring six-family units. Everyone got out safely.