Ed Malik with Mabas21.com posted a pair of videos from yesterday in Gary, Indiana. Here’s part of his description with the first fire at 35th and Georgia. Note the ventilation with materials at hand at 3:54 in the video.
The second fire (below) was at 2691 Massachusetts Avenue.
Ed Malik of Mabas21.com is reporting four or five vacanr homes burning this morning at the same time in Gary, Indiana. Here’s part of the description with the first video (above):
Gary Engine 13 was dispatched to a reported brush fire at 26th and Mount, they found heavy smoke in the air from a distance. On arrival a fully involved house was found and the fire was upgraded to a still response. The house was so well involved crews grabbed a hydrant and hit the building with a deck gun until additional support arrived.
Here’s what Ed says about his second video (below):
While crews were cleaning up from a fully involved house that came in as a brush fire reports flooded in for multiple structures on fire around 26th and 28th on Clark Road. Crews found multiple vacant houses fully engulfed in flames and access to these houses was very difficult. Crews requested mutual aid from several departments to assist on the fires. One house collapsed at the 3:50 mark as I was recording because the fire department just could not gain access. You can see in the video where I pan down the dark road to the glow of the second fire.
Two house fires back-to-back late Friday night and early Saturday morning in Gary, Indiana. Ed Malik says the one above was in the 3400 block of Burr and the one below was in the 7200 block of West 23rd.
Ed Malik with some daytime footage from Gary, Indiana, visiting the 3800 block of Massachusetts Avenue twice within an hour yesterday.
Here’s some of Ed’s description:
At around 11:30 am crews were dispatched to a reported fire in the 3800 block of Massachusetts. Crews found a working fire in the rear of a vacant house and brought the fire under control quickly with tank water. About 30 minutes later a rekindle was called in and a single engine was dispatched. Seconds later a full still was dispatched for a working fire and multiple crews reported heavy smoke showing from miles away.
Saturday was a busy day for Ed Malik. Above is a house fire at 2788 Warren in Lake Station, Indiana that came in around noon. Here is some of what Ed wrote:
Just a note, the siding on the rear of the house was melted by an intense garage fire a few months back set by a disgruntled girlfriend and the melted siding on the side of the house was caused when the homeowner set a couch on fire about a year ago.
Around 3:00 PM, Ed shot the fire below at 15th and Connecticut in Gary, Indiana:
On arrival Battalion 4 advised of heavy smoke showing from a 2 story apartment building. Crews made an aggressive interior attack and brought the fire under control quickly.
Ed Malik apparently does surface during the day time in Gary, Indiana. Usually his fire videos are shot well before the sun comes up. Besides shooting the store front and apartments burning, Ed also has video at 8:35 of one of Gary's rigs with an apparent fire issue. Here's Ed's description of the fire:
Crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 1600 block of Broadway at approximately 1pm on 12-28-11. Crews reported a large header from quite a distance and a working fire was declared in a 25×60 2 story brick apartments over a store front. An aggressive attack was made and conditions deteriorated quickly. An exterior attack was executed from multiple angles. Crews from Lake Station, Lake Ridge, and Merrillville were requested to assist. The building did collapse towards the end of the fire. It has not been determined what happened as of yet to Truck 4 (Truck 7) when it caught fire. One firefighter was treated for exhaustion. Crews worked on the fire scene for over two hours.
Video from Ed Malik of a fire around 10:00 last night at 2300 Adams in Gary, Indiana. Here's an excerpt from the description with the clip:
Crews quickly established water supplies and started an exterior attack using a deck gun, one stick on Truck 4 (Truck 7) and a couple of handlines. The response was kept at a still response with 2 engines, a truck, and Squad 2.
Edward Malik is back in operation shooting fire videos in Gary, Indiana. Early Monday there was plenty to shoot. He reports three fires in short order. Here is what he wrote:
1st call was for a box alarm at 1700 Polk, reported apartment building fire around 4am. At about 4:30am came the house fire call at 24th and Louisiana and while crews were fighting that fire came 800 East Ridge Road. All were with-in one hour and all were fully involved. I guess those 34 guys that got laid off are not needed. Crews were strapped beyond their means and mutual aid was used. Sad days in Gary Indiana.
There was a time we would regularly bring you videos from Gary, Indiana that were shot by Edward Malik (AKA mabas21 on YouTube). Malik stopped his coverage of the Gary Fire Department and concentrated on the suburbs. But he made a return visit early Saturday morning with this fire at 24th and Wisconsin. He titled the clip, “I Am Sorry, Your House Is On Fire? We Will Be There Later Not Sooner”. In his description of the fire Malik talked about the layoff early this month of 34 Gary firefighters following a record number of fire runs last year. According to Malik, there were at least five working fires in three hours on Saturday morning. Here is an excerpt:
On arrival a fully involved frame house was found with a fireball blowing out the side of the house from the gas meter. It took an engine company over 15 minutes to get on scene to fight the fire because the entire fire department along with several mutual aid companies were working their asses off at 4 other fires burning at the same time.
You will find lots of recent mentions of Jason Pickering when you Google the name. He has also been making TV newscasts in the Chicago area and beyond. What people are finding so interesting is that Pickering has taken to the streets to feed his wife and four kids. While there are lots of people out there who panhandle to make ends meet, not many of them do it in a firefighter’s helmet and Nomex hood. Pickering was recently laid-off from the Gary Fire Department in Indiana where the firefighter/paramedic was a ten-year veteran. Here are excerpts from WGN-TV’s story by Gaynor Hall:
“We took an oath to save people’s lives, and the city just threw us to the curb,” said Pickering.
So, he’s been spending his time on the curb, dressed in gear, carrying a sign, and collecting cash in a fireman’s boot. People have given generously. He has raised $475 since Sunday.
His wife is a stay-at-home mom. The couple has 4 children. By the end of January, they will lose their health insurance, and Pickering says his $350 weekly unemployment check won’t stretch very far.
“I’m just out here to let everyone know, hey, we want to come back to work,” said Pickering. “We want to help save people’s lives. We don’t have that opportunity now.”
The city has applied for a federal grant to help bring back the laid-off firefighters. In the meantime, Pickering says he is frantically searching for a job.
Anytime you lessen manpower, the chance for accidents and everything, it rises,” said Gary Fire Captain and Union President Raynard Robinson.
Firefighter Eric Acevedo is one of 30 firefighters citywide to get a layoff letter. He got his today.
“It is crushing,” he said, adding it was always his dream to fight fires and he thought it would be a secure job.
Gary officials say a budget crisis made the cuts unavoidable.
Fire Chief Jeff Ward says he fought for his firefighters but the decision came down from above. He says more than 50 firefighters were originally on the chopping block, but they got that number down to 30.
But firefighters say the loss of more than a tenth of the department citywide causes real safety concerns for firefighters and Gary residents.
Chief Ward says he is hopeful a federal safety grant might save those jobs for another two years, but they are waiting to hear if they will get that money.
Some firefighters wonder if other city positions, like that of Deputy Mayor, could have been cut to save firefighter jobs.
The Gary Fire Department in action from an Edward Malik video.
Edward Malik, who doesn’t seen to cover the Gary Fire Department the way he used to, has been bringing videos from other Indiana jurisdictions to YouTube (MABAS21). This is from Wednesday at 97th & Randolph in Merrillville. Here’s how Malik described the incident:
Police got on scene first and reported heavy fire from the second floor and garage of a two story farmhouse in the area of 97th and Randolph. 7311 was first on scene and advised they needed water asap. Crews from Lake of the Four Seasons, Crown Point, and Merrillville Stations 1, 2, and 3 responded along with fire investigators.
We haven’t checked in with the Gary Fire Department in a while. Here is what Edward Malik wrote with his video of a fire yesterday in the 2300 block of Cass:
It is amazing that nobody called the fire department on this one! Battalion 7 comes across the radio advising of a working house fire at 24th and Clay, on arrival first due Engine 12 grabbed a hydrant and made short work of the fire using two lines. Nobody was injured at the fire scene.
Above, is a house fire from Saturday in the 3700 block of Delaware in Gary, Indiana. The photographer writes it was a basement fire that traveled through the walls into the attic.
Below, is a car fire in the 2100 block of Virginia Avenue, also on Saturday. Why I am running it is the comment heard on the video at 3:54. After a tire explodes, someone yells off camera (officer or driver?), “What did you jump for? It ain’t nothing but rubber.” I am sure many of you have heard something similar to that line at some point in your fire service career.
Gary, Indiana house fire with no hydrant: This was early this morning in the 5100 block of Washington. Water supply was reported to be an issue.
Video deposition of Chief Dennis Rubin in lawsuit over the dismissal of the DC Fire & EMS Department lawyer: A whistle blower protection group releases excerpts from the October deposition of Chief Rubin. The city is being sued by the department’s former general counsel, Theresa Cusick, who claims Rubin got rid of her after she told him about a cover-up involving an assistant chief. The chief says she needed to be gone after an expletive filled tirade about his command staff. Click here for our coverage. We have also added the complaint from Theresa Cusick’s lawsuit.
And now you know the rest of the story: Firefighter Close Calls has more on the Tennessee close call video where a man was almost run over a tanker. Apparently there was someone assisting the driver in backing up and the man who was hit has trouble hearing. Here’s the latest.
Chief who was reprimanded for racial slurs has to take back reprimand of union president: You may recall the story last March of South Milwaukee Chief Jay Behling who ended up with 90-days off the job. The chief ended up later issuing his own reprimand against a lieutenant who is the union president who pushed the investigation of the racial slurs and wanted Behling fired. That discipline has been reversed. Read the details.
10 more firefighters who were not part of lawsuit to be promoted in New Haven: Ending some uncertainty, these additional promotions came from the 2003 lists. Read more.
Former firefighter and art thief pleads guilty to assault during police impersonation: You may recall the story of former Waterford, Connecticut volunteer firefighter Charles McDougal. It was learned McDougal was also an art thief on probation when he was arrested for pulling a woman over with his blue light in January and hitting here. He has now entered a guilty plea on the assault charge. Here are the details.
House siren battle: A new firehouse. A new and larger house siren. Not a good mix in one New York neighborhood. Firegeezer has it covered.
Storage shed with lots of hazards burns in Gary: The call came in as a brush fire yesterday morning. A shed at what appears to be a salvage yard was burning. It apparently had acetylene tanks and a few other things that go boom stored inside. You will see a glimpse of something taking off at 3:38 in the video.
Prepare to be outraged. This is a picture of John Curry, a Florida firefighter who died during a 2007 training accident. His widow wants the operator of a blog from Australia to stop using this picture to illustrate the story of a firefighter child predator. Click the image for the full story.
Cop who handcuffed firefighter is reprimanded: Back in April we told you the story of a confrontation between New Haven Fire Department Lt. Filipe Cordero and Officer Newton Anderson of the police department. Cordero was trying to convince an overdose victim to go to the hospital while Anderson was berating her. It ended with Cordero in handcuffs. The police chief has now counseled the officer. More interesting may be the police internal affairs conclusions about who was in charge of the scene and related issues. Here is the article.
Fire chief accused of assaulting former member: Quentin Fowler used to be a member of West Virginia’s Bradley-Prosperity VFD. Now he’s a member of another department. Fowler claims his former chief came up to him in the parking lot of a local market on Wednesday afternoon and began hitting him. Some of it was caught on video. Click here for the story.
Philly firefighters sue their union: A group of African American firefighters in Philadelphia is suing IAFF Local 22 in federal court accusing the union of being “racially harassing and abusive” to blacks. The suit claims the firefighters have no voice in the union and that the local is being run by a white firefighters organization with the purpose of ending all quota-based hiring practices. Local 22′s president told Philly.com the allegation of the union being racist is “completely not true”. Here’s the complete story.
Color blind firefighter rejected for career service: In Australia a volunteer who has been trying to become a career firefighter is finding that his color blindness is keeping him from living his dream. Here’s the story.
Family blames Baltimore’s mayor for rotating closures: Sheila Dixon is on trial in Baltimore right now. Baltimore’s mayor is also being named by one family as the guilty party behind rotating closures they believe played a role in the loss of a loved one. WBFF-TV has the story.
Roof operations in Tampa: A smoky restaurant fire at 7212 N. Armenia Avenue on Saturday. This raw video is from Tampa Fire Rescue. Read more here. There is more Tampa news and video below.
Trial for Baltimore mayor starts today: While this is not directly fire service related, Mayor Sheila Dixon has certainly not been a favorite among firefighters. Realistically speaking, even mayors without these criminal problems are having a tough time staying on the good side of city employees in tough budget times. But as you can read in this AP article previewing the trial, Mayor Dixon has had a particularly tough time with her image issues. Some of Dixon’s legal problems stem from allegations she made personal use of holiday gift cards the mayor’s office had asked businesses to donate to the needy. That doesn’t need to be illegal for it to be problematic. And as reporter Ben Nuckols writes it is just one in a series of similar public image problems Sheila Dixon has inflicted on herself.
New York’s Unified Call Taking system cited for dispatch error in deadly Queens fire: The wrong address was put into the computer for the triple fatal in Woodside on Saturday. Firefighters union officials point out the delay and are again pointing fingers at the Unified Call Taking system which has police dispatchers taking fire information from 911 callers. The New York Times has the story.
With a fire station that is only open one week per month what could be next for Gilroy, California?: Gilroy’s Sunrise Fire Station is being shut down three weeks a month to save money (that’s what the article says). Now a council member has an idea how to save even more money. He wants the union to give up minimum staffing of 4 on engines at its two other stations. Read more. The city’s document on the brownouts (or if the newspaper is correct, near blackout) doesn’t indicate the fire station will be closed that often. Here it is.
Tampa Fire Rescue image of crews trying to rescue worker overcome by fumes aboard a Coast Guard ship in drydock. Click the image for the raw video and the details.
Chief & wife at center of tragedy are now in the middle of a potential scandal: It has only been a month since Danny & Stephanie Clark were the first help to arrive at a vehicle wreck just south of Cashion, Oklahoma. They found their daughter dead and six of her friends injured. Now, Danny Clark, Cashion’s fire chief and director of emergency management, and Stephanie Clark, the town’s clerk and treasurer, have been placed on administrative leave with pay. The mayor says they are being investigated for “questionable financial practices”. In that town they aren’t alone with these kind of troubles. Read more.
A little must see video in the what goes up, must come down department: In this case it is the way you come down. A new high-rise rescue rig was very publicly demonstrated recently in Spain and it appears it is not ready for prime time. We also have two companion videos. Click here.
Lots of rescues at Massachusetts 5th-alarm: Firegeezer is all over a fire that destroyed a four-story apartment building in Greenfield, MA. Click here.
Fireground audio illustrates some of the drama from a fatal 3-alarm fire: People waiting at windows ready to jump and water supply issues are evident on the audio from last Monday’s midday fire in Jacksonville, Florida. One of the water problems came from a citizen’s car running over and disrupting a 5-inch supply line. Check it out.
Another all-hazards department. You too can be a FF/Herpetologist: In one town in India the firefighters are getting snake catching lessons because of a rise in the snake population. Not me. That’s where I would be telling them what they could do with that snakes and their lessons. Click here for the details.
Maybe they needed to call a pachydermatologist: Instead they called 911 in Enid, Oklahoma when an SUV collided with an elephant. The plight of that elephant is truly a serious matter that previously caught the attention of federal authorities and likely will again. While that part has little to do with the fire service (other than having to respond to another escape by poor Kamba), there is the interesting 911 call and, in my opinion, an enlightening discussion in our comments section. That’s where a somewhat naive question by Firehouse Zen‘s Mick Mayers forces me to respectfully provide the chief with an anatomy lesson and a fire service reality check. Just trust me. You don’t want to miss this one. Our coverage begins right here.
CO leak at church: Saturday, people started feeling sick at St. Bernard Church in Prince George’s County, MD. Responding crews soon found CO levels at 1300 ppm. Click here.
More from Gary: This was an occupied house that apparently had a natural gas explosion Saturday night. There was a report of people trapped initially. No one was injured. Much of the rear of the home was destroyed by the blast.
Commercial fire – roof operations: This is a fire Sunday in Ontario’s Niagara on the Lake. The building where the firefighter is on the roof is believed to be an old fire hall. It was most recently a garden store. News reports indicate the fire started in the basement of this building and spread to another building. Four businesses were destroyed. The firefighter is forced to make a quick retreat from the roof at about 5:50 on the video.
One of those must see videos: I have no idea if this recovery of a tanker truck at the scene of a wreck is old or new, or where it was taken. There is no fire department on the scene and that may be one of the big problems. One hazmat expert, pointing to the lack of smoke, believes the product could be ethanol or something similar. If you know anything about this incident, please fill us in. Click here to watch it.
Banned in Houston: Helmet-cams: The Houston Fire Department has outlawed the used of helmet-cams by its firefighters. It is now a firing offense. This is an issue we have discussed on the blog many times. It is being addressed in various ways by fire departments across the country. Click here for the HFD story.
Citizen firefighter gives it her all: This video is well worth watching. A restaurant worker decides to battle the flames. It looks like they both get knocked down. Click here.
Engine 236 & Ladder 107: Click here for our coverage of the collision of these two FDNY rigs in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Great series of pictures from Canada: A restaurant fire and gas leak on Saturday morning lights up the pages of CodeRouge.com. Click here.
Bomb or no bomb: Is it bomb making materials or is the guy a model rocket enthusiast? Depends on who you talk to about an explosion that injured a man in Rhode Island. Firegeezer tries to sort if out.
Close-up tours in Puerto Rico: We have two videos that show you the firefighting operations at the tank farm fire in Puerto Rico. Click here. The earlier coverage is here.
Virginia firefighter & two others killed in suspicious fire in West Virginia home: VAFireNews.com has the details on the death of Rockingham County’s Dennis Taylor.
Inmate/firefighter rescued: This rescue at a wildfire in California was of an inmate/firefighter. Read his story.
Arbitrator’s ruling on minimum staffing has city going to court: In Lockport, New York the firefighters won the first round on minimum staffing for each shift. But city officials say they won’t hire the nine firefighters needed to comply with the ruling, or pay out the OT to fill the slots. Instead the city plans to go to court. Here’s the story.
Journalistically this is unsound in every way. But it is a good story that happens to be the truth about one of the good guys: The woman who wrote the article has anything but an arm’s length relationship with her subject. The blog that posted the article employs the person it is written about. As a reporter, I shouldn’t be touching this one at all. But I have to tell you it is one of the more interesting fire service articles I have read in a while about a guy who retired from PGFD, regretted his move and did something about it. Check out the story of Charlie Flinn. (Just in case there aren’t enough conflicts of interest for you, the article’s author once nominated the editor of this blog for an award.)
Garage fire in Gary: This is from Saturday in the 3100 block of Gerry. According to the description with the video there were no hydrants in the area and the Gary crews were assisted by a tanker from Lake Ridge.