Another firelensman video from an apartment fire in Los Angeles, California this morning. Here's the description with the video:
Los Angeles Firefighters first on scene had "fire showing" from the rear of a two story apartment building on the 7800 block of South San Pedro Street in South L.A. Firefighters rescued two persons via ladder from the second floor of thier smoke filled apartment. Firefighters also transported from the scene two persons with burns, one with burns on the hands and another with burns on the feet, to a local area hospital. The main bulk of fire was knocked down in less than 30 minutes. The cause of the late night fire is under investigation.
The video above is not quite as compelling. It's still worth watching. It was uploaded to YouTube yesterday but is from a fire last year. Here's Lt. Duncan's description:
Helmet Cam footage. Corinth Fire Dept. was dispatched in the early morning hours of March 3, 2012 to an apartment fire. Engine 4 arrived to find the first floor apt. fully involved with fire spreading to the second story apts. All occupants had evacuated prior to arrival. Eng. 4 was able to quickly knockdown the bulk of the fire before additional units arrived to assist. Filmed with the Firecam 1080.
Video from Rick Rumbarger of a rowhouse fire Saturday afternoon at 1725 Poplar Grove Steet in Baltimore. Thanks to Nicholas Eid for th alert on this one. Here is the description with the video.
The house had a rehab started several months ago, but appeared to have stopped. Front door was slightly ajar and squatters were living in the house. Video starts at conclusion of long 911 call and after neighboring houses were alerted and front door was kicked in to check for victims.
A fire in Glendale that broke out over the weekend was so large that the glow from it could be seen 30 miles away.
The fire started at approximately 12:00 a.m. on Sunday in a five-story building that was under construction, and there was quick response from firefighters.
Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade said the rare three alarm fire called for a large response from fire crews.
“Essentially there was about 23 emergency response vehicles out here, plus the command staff,” he said. “We had a good portion of the city here.
Despite the size of the fire, emergency crews were able to prevent the fire from causing any significant damage to buildings next door. The heat from the flames did shatter some windows on cars and buildings nearby, though.
I thought this one was going to be quite ugly when the man dropped down from a third floor apartment with fire below him. But a store awning saved the day. The description with the video says it was shot in Instanbul, Turkey earlier today.
Citizens of events surviving with minor injuries , those moments were recorded second by UAV camera .Fatih Ali birder Street in District 4-story building 2 Head müezzin an undetermined reason, a fire broke out on the floor . Growing fire in a short time , the second floor is completely engulfed . Meanwhile, 3 found on the floor of a citizens were stranded at home .In the event that a large glass of citizens experiencing panic , fire watchers' jump warning left with the space itself . Located on the lower ground floor grocery store, falling to the canvas of the citizens , the event has survived with minor injuries . Nearby citizens , immediately ran to help , citizen was down. Citizens waiting ambulance on the sidewalk for a while , then was delivered to the health care team . The record was recorded second by UAV camera .Fatih firefighters arrived at the scene to put out the fire . While large-scale property damage , reflect on what happened to the camera .One eyewitness , We were home , after we were changing . Suddenly caught fire. Panic occurred , immediately ran out . Even had the opportunity to wear our shoes , he said.
Firefighters battled an early morning three-alarm fire that broke out above Glendale's popular Paradise Pastry on Saturday, causing extensive water damage and temporarily closing the business, officials said.
Flames were reported on the second floor of the two-story commercial building about 1:50 a.m. at 1831 W. Glenoaks Boulevard, near Irving Avenue, said Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva. No injuries were reported.
The fire was contained to only the second floor of the building. The blaze was elevated to a second-alarm fire at 2:06 and elevated to a third-alarm at 2:22 a.m., Villanueva said.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating a mishap during fire training by the Port of Seattle FIre Departmernt at a state facility on October 25 that left two firefighters with minor burns. KING-TV obtained video of the incident and broadcast it yesterday showing what happens when jet fuel is used to extinguish a mock aircraft fire instead of water.
During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash.
“When the firefighters put water on a fire that had been deliberately developed for training the fire got bigger instead of smaller,” said Bob Calkins of the State Patrol, which is investigating the incident.
Calkins said investigators believe that the academy’s oil/water separator – which recycles the water used for fire training exercises – did not correctly filter the jet fuel used for the exercise from the reclaimed water.
(Thanks to a bunch of STATter911.com readers in Delaware for the alert on this one.)
This is a brief helmet-cam video from Assistant Chief Robin Andino of CamdenWyomingFire taken at a collapse at a Hartly, Delaware house fire yesterday afternoon. According to news reports, the collapse left two firefighters briefly trapped.
Hartly firefighters found heavy fire in the 2-story home and were helped by several neighboring fire companies. Two firefighters were injured when they were trapped inside the home when part of the house collapsed – a third firefighter was also injured. It took nearly 2 hours to bring the blaze under control.
While fighting the blaze, two firefighters became trapped inside when a portion of the structure collapsed; they were rescued by additional firefighters on scene, Bullock said. A third firefighter also was injured during the operation. All three were taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital by on-scene medical personnel and were treated for minor injuries.
Video from Countyfirebuff of a two-alarm house fire around 3:00 yesterday afternoon at 256 Cedar Avenue in Blenheim, New Jersey (Gloucester Township in Camden County). Here is some of the description with the video:
Upon arrival crews had heavy fire showing from the first floor and quickly spread throughout the house. Shortly into the assignment the evacuation tones where sounded and ordered all companies out of the dwelling. The all hands was struck followed by a second alarm for manpower. Great job to all companies who operated on scene!
The fire started about 7 a.m. Officials say no one was at the station at the time. Several departments responded to help put out the flames, and they’re still working on it. They’re bringing in water, and had to run a water line to a hydrant about a mile away.
At least one ambulance inside the station was destroyed. It’s unclear how many other vehicles were inside – firefighters say they’ll be able to get a better idea once the fire is out.
Video from Bill Rohrer (newsworking) at Newsworking of a two-alarm house fire yesterday afternoon. Here's what Bill wrote about the fire:
At 15:15 Engines 1, 3, 6, Ladder 1 and Truck 2 respond to a report of a house fire in the 800 block of Wyandotte Street with multiple calls received. Additional address of 811 Wyandotte is received as the possible address.
409 arrives and reports heavy smoke showing and orders Engine 3 to bring in a water supply.
At 15:20 the second alarm is transmitted. Engines 9, 5 and Ladder 2 respond. Crews have heavy fire on the second floor of a duplex with extension into the attic.
Engine 7 is special-called. Crews work for an hour trying to contain the stubborn blaze. Multiple hand lines were in operation.
Make sure you read FireLawBlog.com's Curt Varone's primer on HIPAA and his view of this hysteria. Also, here's a further explanation on how this latest HIPAA showdown came about. It's from AP's Robert Jablon:
Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said that during a Wednesday meeting with a deputy city attorney and the Fire Department's privacy officer, he was told that he couldn't release certain information because it might violate the 1996 federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.
"We could not speak to anything that would even remotely identify a person" who had been injured, including detailing whether a vehicle in a crash was, for instance, a school bus or municipal bus, Humphrey said.
"I was told in an earthquake, I could not provide information unless it was a federally declared emergency," he said.
When the pre-dawn fire erupted, Humphrey said he had no choice but to halt the department's Twitter feed, which automatically relays to other social networks.
At 11:35 a.m., the city attorney's office told the department to return to its previous practices on releasing information, Humphrey said.
A city official familiar with details of the Wednesday meeting said the discussion was misunderstood and the Fire Department overreacted.
The city attorney's office said in a statement that "The Fire Department's decision to reinstate its Twitter account and release details on this morning's fire is the right thing to do."
At about 1:45 PM Los Angeles time, the following tweet was sent from Brian Humphrey on @LAFD. So never mind, at least until someone goes HIPAA crazy again on the West Coast:
As soon as the Times called to ask what's up, Mayor Eric Garcetti put out a statement (through spokesman Yusef Robb) telling the LAFD basically "don't be ridiculous."
"Frankly, it's ridiculous. We immediately told the department to fix this, and it's being fixed. The twitter account is going back online, and they're going to be giving out the information they're supposed to be giving out."
Robb said the fire chief learned about the policy change from the media. I guess whoever made the original call at the LAFD didn't know that the mayor is an inveterate user and admirer of Twitter as a communications tool. Shortly after the mayor's statement landed, the fire department surrendered and re-activated its feed @LAFD.
What I failed to notice but others, including my friend Bill Boyd, pointed out, is that just hours before this edict came down, word arrived that LAFD's Brian Humphrey will be honored in the spring by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for his work in social media and public information. Coincidence? Here's more from Kevin Roderick, LA Observed:
The SPJ will also recognize LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey "for his dedication to providing access to reporters." The group says: "[Humphrey] has worked to bring transparency to the Los Angeles Fire Department through social media. These efforts include a robust Twitter account, blog and even a Web camera that often shows Humphrey at work."
For the second time in as many years, a Los Angeles city lawyer is being blamed for reading a lot more into the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act than most level-headed people/lawyers/chiefs/PIOS across the country. HIPAA is being used as an excuse not to keep the public informed about the basics of an emergency. It's so bad that veteran PIO Brian Humphrey was unable to to acknowledge details about evacuations and injuries from this morning's double fatal fire in Echo Park.
Early this morning, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey described the damage to the building as “significant” but declined to release details on such aspects as evacuations and injuries, even any involving firefighters, based on what he described as instructions received Wednesday from the City Attorney’s Office.
“All of our social media is on hiatus until we get clarity and develop a plan of how orders are to be implemented in regard to our social media presence,” Humphrey said.
In a subsequent interview this morning, LAFD Battalion Chief Steve Ruda – - recently appointed as the department’s new Community Liaison officer to oversee the agency’s community and media relations functions — told City News Service that his department now had instituted the policy because of concerns about violating the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, a medical privacy law enacted in 1996.
Ruda said he and his staff met recently with a deputy city attorney who told them that under HIPAA, “we were not allowed to divulge any information that would compromise (a patient’s) privacy.”
Until the policy was re-introduced, the LAFD had been releasing the information — except during a brief period in late March and early April of 2012, when then-LAFD Chief Brian Cummings ordered his department to stop releasing incident locations and injury information to the public.
Cummings cited an oral opinion from City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s office that the LAFD risked violating HIPAA.
The fate of a woman living a home levelled by an explosion Monday is unclear.
Monday afternoon, police and firefighters said they consider her missing, while some neighbours say they think she left the house shortly before the explosion and fire erupted.
The rubble of the collapsed house is unsafe to venture into, say police, so it could be days before investigators can venture inside to search it.
Hamilton Police Staff Sgt. Andrew Dunlop said because of the collapse: "It's unsafe to do anything for a few days."
The house, on Wilson Street at Victoria, collapsed about a half hour after the fire started, said Hamilton Fire Department platoon chief Brian Stark. Firefighters had to call off their search for the occupant.
The Times-Standard reports this fire killed Stephen McGeary and that the incident is now a criminal matter. The address is 210 H Street and the incident occurred on Saturtday evening, not Friday as originally reported.
Video from Matthew LaFever of a house fire threatening an apartment building Friday Saturday evening on G H Street in Arcata, California. No further information.
Above is video and radio traffic recorded from the dash-cam in the vehicle of Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion ChiefAlan Ernst . It was shot yesterday afternoon at an apartment fire. The video below has an interview with Chief Ernst.
Todd Sherman video from an apartment fire early Sunday morning at 7816 Cornell in Chicago, Illinois. Here's some of Todd's description:
CFD makes quick knockdown on a fire in a 3 story partially occupied apartment building,upon arrival fire was showing from rear of the building on the 3rd floor. Occupant knocked on many doors alerting other residents that there was a fire. total of 9 people were displaced.Thankfully there was NO injuries.