Just after midnight Firefighters were called to a late night house fire. Initial crews were met with heat & flames pushing through the roof. As the first arriving Eng. Co. made the stretch, Ladder crews made a primary search & began exposing the fire by pulling ceiling. The video picks up with 2nd arriving Ladder Co. assisting command and reporting to the rear of the structure.
This fire occurred eight days ago at an apartment building under construction in Jacksonville, Florida. This video capture a pretty sizable explosion from one of the propane tanks on the roof. You can see the tank venting pretty clearly at around 7:40 and the blast occurs about 10 seconds later.
The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fire that consumed the rooftop of an apartment complex under construction at St. Johns Town Center on Tuesday.
Hundreds of nearby shoppers watched as the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department searched for workers who they believed were trapped in the five-story building.
More than 60 firefighters began battling the fire just before 4 p.m. and Action News was told it was under control within 15 minutes.
JFRD spokesman Tom Francis says the early investigation leads to propane tanks as the cause of those blasts. The tanks are part of construction equipment used to heat foam to build a rooftop deck. That equipment was likely used earlier in the day.
Although the timeline still not clear to investigators, they tell Action News that work on the roof wrapped at 3:30, so workers were already on their way home and no injuries were reported.
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.
Video from FDCamHD of a fire in Jacksonville, Florida. Here’s the description with the video:
Crews were called to multiple homes on fire around 2am. As firefighters were working to contain the fire a burst hoseline allowed the fire to flameover the crew. Firefighters bailed out of the home and narrowly escaped a deadly situation. To see more or Purchase your FDCam Helmet Camera visit us at FDCam.com
The Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department pulled the man out of a home on Wambolt Street around 7 p.m., Saturday. He was suffering from smoke inhalation, according to JFRD. Another woman escaped the fire unharmed. The household did lose a pet dog.
Firefighters are called to a late night mobile home fire found well involved by first due units. Crews extend two 1-3/4″ lines and do a search of the unburned side of the home. Crews then make entry & make a agressive interior attack and have the fire under control in less than 20 minutes.
Firefighters called to 2100 block of West 17th Street found heavy flames consuming the front of the home.
Investigators said the woman who died was found near the carport in the front of the home, while a woman in her 90s found in the back in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. A third woman in her 40s showed up to try and help but was also badly burned. JFRD spokesman Tom Francis said likely will be transferred to the burn unit at Shands Medical Center in Gainesville.
Firefighters were dispatched for a smoke investigation. Upon entering the neighborhood Firefighters recognized the familiar smell of astructure on fire. Upon arrival, an Engine Co. found a single story home with heavy fire showing. After calling for additional units the crew went to work locating the fire & securing all occupants were out of the home. After locating the fire, firefighters pulled ceiling while exposing a heavily involved attic space. After a short period with no water an additional Engine Co. & Tanker were used to secure water & the fire was placed under control. Please use the HD settings to view the FDCam with it’s best quality.
Captain Donald Jones, a 31 year veteran of Arkansas’ Jacksonville Fire Department, was killed late last night when a man drove his vehicle into firefighters and police at a crash scene on Highway 161. Police are saying the actions of Bryce Allen were intentional. Firefighter Jason Bowmaster and a police officer are listed in critical condition.
Jacksonville police say they now believe a driver intentionally sped up and hit and killed a firefighter and injured two other emergency personnel Monday night in Jacksonville.
The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a gas main. A Jacksonville police officer and two Jacksonville firefighters were working the scene when a van left the roadway and struck all three.
Captain Donald Jones.
One firefighter, Capt. Donald Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. The other firefighter, Jason Bowmaster was med-flighted to a Little Rock hospital while the police officer was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Both are in critical condition at the time of this release.
Crews were called to the scene in the 8400 block of Highway 161 South around 11:00 Monday night after a car crashed, causing a gas main break. While emergency crews were clearing the accident, a van veered off the road, hitting three — two firefighters and a police officer.
Capt. Kenny Boyd with Jacksonville PD has identified the driver of the van that killed the firefighter as 47-year-old Bryce Allen of Jacksonville. He has been charged with 2nd degree murder and two counts of criminal intent to commit 2nd degree murder because he allegedly did not try to stop.
Boyd has also identified Allen as the son of Thelma Allen, the driver of the original car that crashed and caused the gas main break.
Statement from Jacksonville Fire Department Chief John Vanderhoof:
A Fire Chiefs worst nightmare is the loss of a Fellow Firefighter, that has been killed in the Line of Duty. Captain Donald Jones was killed in the Line of Duty while engaged in Firefighting activities on March 19,2012.
He started his career with the Jacksonville Fire Department on December 24, 1980. He served for 31 years of dedicated service with the Jacksonville Fire Department.
He will be missed by his family as well as his Firefighting Family. He will always be in our hearts and memories.
Please pray for his family, his brother firefighter and police officer that was injured at the same time, and his other fellow firefighters.
Here’s the description with this fire from April 8:
Fire broke out in an Arlington home Thursday afternoon. Due to a quick response Jacksonville Firefighters from stations 1, 19 & 27 responded within minutes & contained fire damage to the rear of the home.
The cold weather may have led to multiple home fires on the First Coast this weekend, stretching first responders and the Red Cross thin.
State Fire Marshal Alex Sink said it appears a fire that destroyed a portable classroom at Lakeside Elementary in Clay County Saturday night started in an attic heater unit. And a fire at the Links at Windsor Park Apartments started in a fireplace, according to a spokesman from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.
“That was unusual, unquestionably. A matter of fact, the first responding crews … I can assure you they have not had a second alarm within an apartment fire complex in many many years,” said spokesman Tom Francis. The fire left 19 families homeless.
Firefighters were called to 12 substantial fires between Friday and today, which Francis said is about average. What is unusual is the amount of people affected by those fires, who are now reaching out for aid.
New – Firefighter burned battling blaze in own home: Williamsburg, Virginia firefighter Mike Trombley and his wife had just put up the Christmas decorations in their Gloucester home on Friday. The next thing they knew the living room was on fire. After hustling the family out of the house, Trombley tried to keep the fire in check while waiting for the fire department. Read the story.
Police and fire together – chiefs announce retirement rather than face budget cuts: In Saratoga Springs, New York, the police chief and the fire chief announced together at an emotional news conference yesterday they were both retiring by the end of the year. Police Chief Edward Moore and Fire Chief Robert Cogan were each going to face staffing cuts of 20-percent or more. They blame city politics for not adequately addressing the needs of protecting the public in tight budget times. Read more.
Investigation underway sparked by firehouse visitor getting lost on the way to the bathroom: A rude awakening for a career firefighter in Montgomery County, Maryland. The firefighter’s bed was mistaken for a toilet by the date of a member of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department. That date apparently turned into a firehouse sleepover. Internal Affairs for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service has the investigation. Click here to watch and read the story.
Click the image for some must see video from Tennessee as a tanker backs into a man at a church fire.
The doctor is out. DC once again looking for a new medical director: Dr. James Augustine cites health issues for his decision to pull out of the DC Fire & EMS Department after 17 months. That isn’t the only change facing the EMS side. Click here for the details.
Baltimore mayor guilty: Mayor Sheila Dixon is found guilty of taking gift cards intended for the poor. It could force her from office. Read the details.
Woman with firefighter charged in his shooting: We told you yesterday morning about an off-duty Jacksonville, Florida firefighter found shot to death at a gas station. An 18-year-old woman with 21-year-old Emanuel Porter says she didn’t know the gun was loaded when she pointed it at him. Here are the details.
Early video of Virginia townhouse fire: You will hear a pretty good blast on this brief cip taken at a townhouse fire at 610 Olde Greenwich Circle. The early morning fire yesterday kept firefighters in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania busy. Click here for Part 2, which lasts a bit longer.
NEW – Jacksonville firefighter shot and killed overnight: In Florida police are trying to determine who killed a Jacksonville firefighter at a service station early this morning. A spokesoman for JFRD will only confirm at this point that the victim is one of the department’s firefighters. Click here for the story.
NEW – Chief’s test is a mess: Actually it isn’t the test itself that is the problem in Lynn, Massachusetts. Finding a new chief is complicated by the fact that there was already controversy because of how the current acting chief was appointed to deputy chief in 2006. That went to arbitration and the city lost in June. Read the details.
Promotions in New Haven a step closer: In a process that took 6-minutes, New Haven’s Civil Service review Board did what it did not do in 2004 and okayed the promotions of one Hispanic and 13 white firefighters. Read the latest.
Don’t panic: You may recall after the recent death of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Scott Doyle there was information about donations that can be made to the Don’t Panic Foundation. At the time I wasn’t that clear on the purpose of the group. Now, thanks to Sam Villani, I am. The Don’t Panic Foundation was formed to help public safety professionals and their families recover from injuries that occur while off duty. You may recall that Scott Doyle’s family initially had difficulty bringing him back home after he was injured while BASE jumping in Idaho. You can click here for details or go to the website at don’tpanicfoundation.org.
Decembers past: Billy Goldfeder takes a look at a month that has us remembering some tragic incidents. He focuses on 1999 and the tenth anniversaries of fires in Worcester, Massachusetts and Keokuk, Iowa that together took the lives of nine firefighters. Check out The Secret List which includes links to many stories and reports. Make sure you read the one on retired District Fire Chief Michael McNamee who made the decision not to send any more firefighters into Worcester Cold Storage and likely saved the lives of other firefighters.
Group gets what it opposes: You may recall that Habitat for Humanity International joined the National Association of Homebuilders in the opposition of residential sprinklers. Another local chapter apparently doesn’t buy that position. In Wilmington, North Carolina firefighters and Fire Technologies, Inc. teamed up to provide residential sprinklers for Habitat homes. Click here.
Not guilty plea for former Long Island chief accused of altering stats for pension: Former Hempstead Village fire chief Lester Arsell entered a not guilty plea on a 50-count indictment that accuses him of inflating the number of calls Arsell and his wife responded to as part of an effort to qualify for pension benefits. Read more.
Bank robbers get stiffed: This has nothing to do with fire and EMS, but it is a story from my colleague Scott Broom that you don’t want to miss. In Calvert County, Maryland a pair of bank robbers thought they were holding up a bank on Monday. They were about as inept as Woody Allen in the movie Take the Money and Run. Instead of a bank they found themselves inside the funeral home next door. Click here to watch the story and the interview with the funeral home manager.
Pennsylvania house fire: A second alarm was called on Saturday for a house fire in Lower Macungie Township. NewsWorking.org was on the scene and wrote this about the fire – At 1945 hours Lower Mac #30 responds to 1299 Walnut Lane for a house fire with possible entrapment. On arrival, crews find a two-story single-family Dwelling with heavy fire showing. A second-alarm was struck immediately. Tanker 25, Engines 15, 31, 7, ladder 8, Air 32 and rehab 66 respond on the 2nd alarm. Heavy fire was consuming the rear of the house and second-floor. Multiple hand lines were stretched and Truck 30 went to the roof to open up.
One person is dead and three others have been hospitalized following a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex on University Boulevard North.
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to the Chelsea Courtyards Apartments, which is in the 2200 block of University North.
The three people were treated for minor injuries, including two residents and one firefighter.
University North between Merrill and Dickson was blocked off for hours this afternoon, as rescue personnel asked drivers to avoid the area.
Officials say the fire broke out just before 1 p.m. from an upstairs apartment in the front building of the complex.
Neighbors who saw smoke rushed to the door, but couldn’t get through the flames.
“She had flames shooting out her apartment,” said Roderick Brooks, who lives across the hall from the unit that caught fire.
As more than 60 fire fighters from JFRD arrived on scene, neighbors hung from windows, waving to be rescued.
“What can only be described as a dramatic scenario. Flames through the roof. Our crews set about providing the assistance necessary to help these individuals escape the flames,” said Tom Francis, with JFRD.
When the fire was under control and crews went back to check for hotspots, they discovered a woman’s body in the apartment where the fire started.
Investigators have not released the victim’s identity, pending an autopsy, but she is known to neighbors as a quiet, hardworking person.
“We always got along,” said Brooks.
Damage to the building and belongings totals close to $2 million.
The State Fire Marshal says the fire appears to have been accidental, and may have been an electrical fire.
The American Red Cross says 19 families have been displaced by the fire.