This is video from a fire Monday night at the Mill Run United Methodist Church in Springfield Township, Pennsylvania (Fayette County). At :30 in the video you will hear the air horns and sirens. WPXI-TV reports the man in charge of the fire, Springfield Township Chief Ray Orndorff is one of the parishioners of the church. Click here to watch that story.
The church is located along Route 381, just several hundred feet from the Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Co. fire station.
Eight fire companies from Fayette and Westmoreland counties responded to the blaze that was reported at 11:45 p.m. as a working structure fire when reported to 911, according to a 911 dispatcher. The state police fire marshal was at the scene Tuesday to investigate the cause of the fire.
Video of subway riders trapped in smoke filled car underground: Five of 19 people hospitalized after a fire in a tunnel on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line were reported in critical condition. We have video from underground and above after burning railroad ties filled the tunnel with smoke. Check it out.
Click the image to learn more about how you can honor fallen firefighters like Cory Galloway who will be remembered in Emmitsburg this October.
Honor fallen firefighters on your department’s website: There has been great response from some of the well known fire service websites to blogs and individual fire departments with the 2010 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend widget. Put this on your site and you will help NFFF honor a different firefighter each day as we head toward the October Ceremony, just a little more than 3-months away. Click here to get the code for your site.
Mayor threatens to veto grant to hire firefighters: In Kingston, New York Mayor James Sottile says he will make sure the city does not hire four additional firefighters under a federal grant if there aren’t budget cutting concessions from the union. Here’s the story.
Watch arcing wires set building on fire: Pretty dramatic video from Palatine, Illinois as firefighters were forced to standby as arcing electrical lines set a resale store on fire. The video shows the entire gutter system lighting up from the arcing wires. Here’s our coverage.
Firefighter’s blog in Stamford heats up career-volunteer battle: Remember the story we ran about a volunteer department in Stamford cancelling mutual aid companies before getting on the scene of a working fire (click here & here)? That was just a symptom of the ongoing dispute over fire service in the Connecticut city. At StamfordFireTruths.org the union is taking on this issue and the mayor’s solution for improving the fire service in Stamford. Read more in the Stamford Advocate.
Firegeezer has the story of the weekend: You will want to listen to the 911 call from the man hanging on for dear life on the tailboard of a tractor-trailer as it traveled down the highway in Fayette County, Ohio. The distressed caller explains how he got there. Here’s Bill’s coverage.
Plenty of house fire videos: We have a video roundup from over the weekend of fires in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Livingston, New Jersey and two from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley area. Click here.
Scholarship opportunity: It has been a long while since we mentioned the Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD), now 22-tears-old. You have through the summer to apply for this scholarship. Here’s details from the website, YLD.org-
YLD is accepting applications for the 2010 scholarship award competition. The application deadline is September 30, 2010. The organization was founded in 1988 in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line of duty. Since that time, YLD has awarded $103,000 in scholarships to members of the fire and emergency medical services.
The pressure is on in Erie County, New York: There has been a lot of controversy in Erie County over the county comptroller’s remarks about consolidation of volunteer fire companies. Now the Buffalo News reports some volunteers are in agreement the time has come for mergers due to the thinning ranks in many departments.
Three dead in Edmonton house explosion: Investigators are searching for the cause of an explosion Sunday that destroyed a home, killed three people and injured four other. Nineteen homes were damaged. Read more.