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.
Video above from Mike Nester of NVP and below from Jayson Wagner of a house fire Saturday afternoon in the 500 block of S. Bergen Street in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania (Lehigh County). Here's what Mike wrote about the fire:
Around 1430 hrs Lehigh County Communications Dispatches Station 34 for a dwelling fire in the 500 Blk of S Bergen St. As crews respond they are advised of multiple calls and Police go on location with flames showing. As the first engine arrives a 2nd alarm is struck bringing in additional units from Lehigh and Northampton County. Crews worked for about 45 minutes to knock down the flames at one point during the fire evacuation order was given (3:54 on Mike's video, 1:01 on Jayson's) because contact was lost with the interior crews. Units would remain on scene for several hours for overhaul and investigation.
Video above and below from Ed Lehan, Kentland VFD (HD version on Ed’s Facebook page) and posted to YouTube by Firefighters Worldwide taken at a two-alarm house fire Saturday morning in the District Heights area that left three firefighters with burns. Details on the fire are below.
Earlier this morning, several members from Prince George’s County (MD) Fire/EMS Company 826 (District Heights) were injured while operating at a working house fire at 2908 Walters Lane. Captain Sarge Bauer sustained the most significant injuries and was transported to the Burn Unit at the Washington Hospital Center. He is currently sedated and intubated with burns to his airway. However, he has been scoped and the doctors feel that the prognosis is good. PGFD Command staff and Leadership from PGFD IAFF Local 1619 are at the Burn Center and are insuring a 24 hour watch and assistance for FF Bauer and his family.
At about 7:45 am, Saturday, November 9, firefighters were alerted to a house fire in the 2900 block of Walters Lane in Forestville. Firefighters from District Heights Engine 826 were the first to arrive to find a 2-story Cape Cod with a large 2-story attached addition with heavy smoke showing from the rear of the 4200 square foot structure. Firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack and search of the structure. Conditions on the interior started to deteriorate rapidly with fire and high heat quickly intensifying. The fire spread rapidly throughout and consumed the attached addition.
At that point, all firefighters were ordered to evacuate the structure and knock down heavy fire conditions now visible from just about every window of the addition. A portion of the fire was extinguished from the safety of exterior positions before firefighters re-entered the structure to continue the fire fight and complete searches.
The fire continued to extend through void spaces in the basement and upper floors eventually making it’s way to the 2-story Cape Cod original home. The original structure was constructed in the 1940′s.
The bulk of the fire was eventually knocked down about 2 hours after arrival. The fire was completely extinguished about an hour after that. Extensive overhaul was required to ensure the fire was extinguished. A Second Alarm was sounded bring nearly 100 firefighters, civilian support staff and incident commanders on over 25 pieces of fire and EMS apparatus.
Three occupants escaped the home prior to the Fire Departments arrival. One occupant, an adult female, 80ish years of age, was transported to an area hospital as a precaution.
Three firefighters, all part of the first arriving crew, sustained burn injuries to the upper body. Two were treated and released with burn injuries to wrists, arms and ears. The third firefighter was admitted for observation of possible airway injuries. All three firefighters were transported to the Burn Unit at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.
Don Murtha (murthad02) on the scene just after 2:00 this morning of a house fire at 173 Keystone Street in Buffalo, NY. Here is some of what Don wrote:
Engine 31 arrives to a fully involved vacant 1.5 story dwelling. Heavy fire load deems a Defensive start for original fire bldg. Fire spreads to Exposures #2, #3 & #4 sides. Downed power lines slows up operations.
Video above from Lloyd Mitchell and video and fireground audio below from Don Murtha (murthad02) of a fire in a vacant house last night at 246 Carlton Street in Buffalo, New York. As you will hear on the audio, and can read in the description of the videos, there were significant water and apparatus issues on the fireground.
From Lloyd Mitchell:
B.56 assumed command and ordered everyone to stay out of the structure. There were multiple dead hydrants in the area and mechanical issues required a 2nd alarm by the orders of B-56.
From Don Murtha:
Fire on 1st floor rear extended to attic Water and Mechanical issues require a 2nd Alarm by B-56.
The box was transmitted at 05:40 for a structural fire for 3510 Greenway Street in Palmer Township, Northampton County sending a tactical box from Stations 27 & 53. Police arrive and confirm a working fire. Command transmits the full first alarm.
At 05:44 Northampton County Fire fills the box sending Engines 14-11 and Station 23. Companies stretch hand lines to the 1-story structure but it’s evident that there is a large volume of fire deep seated in the building.
Exposure problems exist on side 2 of the building where a 2-story apartment building and a 1-story strip mall is attached.
With heavy smoke pushing now, command transmits the 2nd alarm.
At 06:02, Northampton County Transmits the second alarm sending out Engine 28-12, Ladder 25-21, Rescue 18-41 and Special Ops 14-42.
Thanks to Warren Anderson of Conneaut, Ohio for making sure we got his video from this Detroit fire that occurred last Friday. Warren, and many of the closest companies, were around the corner at a fire in a commercial building when this fire was reported at 5321 Vancouver Street.
According to Warren, this went to a second-alarm. The initial companies were E-17, 29, L-8,Sq-2 & 5.
Video from NYRRT84 of a two-alarm fire yesterday evening at 124 57th Street in Brooklyn. The fire was in the basement of a warehouse. There were at least two maydays reported and, according to the New York Post, five firefighters hurt. You will hear on the video attempts to confirm one of the maydays and the order to pull firefighters from the basement for a head count and to regroup.
The crane we told you about this afternoon that partially collapsed in Mid-town Manhattan thanks to Sandy has caused a lot of inconvenience and sparked a fourth-alarm response from FDNY. Here are more details about the evacuation because of the dangling crane, video of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s briefing and two videos providing different views around the collapse at 157 West 57th Street.
The collapse also prompted many calls from citizens concerned about other cranes being moved by the wind. In addition, FDNY has been busy with a number of scaffolding collapses, power outages and flooding.
A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds Monday and dangled precariously, prompting plans for engineers and inspectors to climb 74 flights of stairs to examine it as a huge storm bore down on the city.
Some buildings, including the Parker Meridien hotel, were being evacuated as a precaution and the streets below were cleared, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. City officials didn’t have a number on how many people were told to leave.
Authorities received a call about the collapse at around 2 p.m. as conditions worsened from the approaching Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologists said winds atop the building could have been close to 95 mph at the time.
The nearly completed high-rise is known as One57 and is in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, near Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Central Park. It had been inspected, along with other city cranes, on Friday and was found to be ready for the weather. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said later Monday it wasn’t clear why the accident happened.
The harrowing inspection was being undertaken by experts who are “the best of the best,” city Buildings Department spokesman Tony Sclafani said.
The New York Times recently called the building a “global billionaires’ club” because the nine full-floor apartments near the top have all been sold to billionaires. Among them are two duplexes under contract for more than $90 million each.
Shannon Kaye, 96, lives in the building next door.
“We heard a noise, but we didn’t know what it was,” she said. Minutes later, she and her neighbors were told to leave.
“I never liked that building, looking down into my bedroom,” she said. “I always had the feeling that something would come falling down from it.”
The Buildings Department had suspended work at the building at 5 p.m. Saturday. It reminded contractors and property owners across the city to secure construction sites and buildings.
The crane was owned by Bovis Lend Lease, one of the largest construction companies in the city. Bloomberg was careful not to blame the company, and said it would be days before officials figured out what happened.
Construction cranes have been a source of safety worries in the city since two giant rigs collapsed within two months of each other in Manhattan in 2008, killing a total of nine people.
Those accidents spurred the resignation of the city’s buildings commissioner and fueled new safety measures, including hiring more inspectors and expanding training requirements and inspection checklists.
Listening to FDNY, you will hear reports of other crane issues following the collapse on W. 57th Street. I am guessing it has made people a bit nervous. There are also a number of reports of scaffolding collapses in Manhattan.
This is a fire on Rhapsody Path in The Villages in Sumter County, Florida. It apparently occurred on August 13 and went to a second-alarm. Listen closely to the comment about “firemen are slow” at 3:35 and another neighbor pointing out how they have to protect themselves.
Video early this morning from Michael “FirePix1075” Schwartzberg at an apartment fire in Randallstown, Maryland (Baltimore County). Here’s Michael’s description:
Two Randallstown apartment buildings were heavily damaged by an early-morning fire on Sunday, July 15. The blaze started shortly after 12:30 a.m. at 8504 Glen Michael Lane (Fire Box 18-3) and spread to the adjoining 8506 building, where flames pushed through the roof and 20 feet into the air. Baltimore County Fire Department Engine and Truck 18 (Randallstown career station) were the first units on the scene and reported heavy fire showing. As the fire grew in intensity, a 2nd alarm was called, bringing additional units to the scene. Baltimore County fire investigators are investigating the cause and origin. No injuries were reported but the American Red Cross was called to assist several dozen people who were displaced.
Chester 11 arrived with fire showing from the first and second floors of multiple dwellings and extending to others. Crews started an interior attack but with deteriorating conditions command evacuated the dwellings. Command requested the second alarm and went to an exterior attack. Crews put multiple exterior master streams in service. No injuries were reported.
While I attend many, many fires virtually through the scores of YouTube videos I view each day in an effort to bring you the finest in fire porn, it had been a long time since I actually had been on a fireground. But Sunday afternoon I was behind the wheel on the southbound Garden State Parkway returning from a visit with the family of Mrs. STATter911.com when I spotted smoke off in the distance as we approached the Oranges. Passing the interchange with I-280, I could actually see off to my left the top floor of what was a three story house with some heavy fire conditions.
I should note at this point in the narrative that we would have arrived at the scene much more rapidly than we did after first spotting the header, but the New Jersey State Police Garden State Parkway high speed escort service for celebrity fire bloggers failed to show as in the past (anyone know if there has been a recent change in policy on this vital service?).
We pulled up to the fire in the 200 block of South 19th Street in Newark with some of the second-alarm units. The video of what we saw is above. It has been edited somewhat to try and improve my lousy shooting skills, but all of the shots are in chronological order.
A house fire reported around 12:30 this morning in the 200 block of Devonshire Road in Tredyffrin, PA (Chester County). According to the description with the video, the call was dispatched as a fireplace fire. Read more about the fire here.
We are a little late on this one, but I think you will find the video worth the wait. This is 11 minutes of raw video from a United States Park Police helicopter taken during the early stages of a rowhouse fire that began at 921 Decatur Street, Northwest on the afternoon of July 1. The fire went to two alarms. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.
At about 8:30 pm, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Prince George's County Firefighters and Paramedics from the New Carrollton area were alerted to an apartment building fire in the Southern Walk apartment complex.
Three City of New Carrollton Police Officers were on assignment in the area when a citizen flagged them down and reported the fire. The three officers immediately responded a short distance to the scene and reported the fire to their dispatcher. They entered the building and started to alert residents, unaware of the fire, to get out. Unable to advance beyond the second floor landing they evacuated themselves and started to assist residents outside.
Firefighters from West Lanham Hills arrived at 5328 85th Avenue, a 3-story in the front/4-story in the rear apartment building, and reported heavy fire showing from the second level rear side. Residents on upper floors were unable to escape through the interior stairwell due to high heat and thick smoke and retreated to balconies and windows and yelled for help. An EMS Task Force and a Second Alarm were sounded bringing additional resources to the scene.
The fire extended through the upper floors and eventually into the roof before it was brought under control. It required 40 minutes to do so.
An adult female with an infant were rescued from a top floor bedroom window by a volunteer firefighter from Kentland Fire/EMS Station 833 using a ground ladder. The pair were handed over to paramedics and deemed to be not injured. Firefighters effected the rescues of six other residents from the upper floor balconies using ground ladders.
There were nearly 100 firefighters, paramedics, EMT's and support staff that responded on 40 pieces of apparatus.
Four residents were transported to area hospitals with minor illnesses or injuries. Ten additional residents were evaluated and treated on the scene but did not require hospitalization.
Sixty families from four apartment buildings, approximately 120 residents, will be displaced. Two buildings damaged by the fire, two others because utilities have been shut off. The County Citizen Services Unit and the Red Cross will be assisting those displaced.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire loss is still being tabulated.
Firefighters from Beltsville and surrounding stations were alerted to a house fire in the 4100 block of Ulster Road this morning just before 10:00 am.
Fire/EMS units arrived within minutes and encountered heavy fire coming from the 2-story single family home with an attached garage. A precautionary 2nd Alarm was sounded as fire consumed the garage and had extended into the second floor and roof area.
As firefighters were advancing hose lines and searching for any occupants inside the home, a roof collapse appeared imminent and all personnel were ordered to evacuate the structure. All firefighters self evacuated safely and the firefight continued from the safety of the exterior. Once the bulk of the fire had been knocked down, firefighters re-entered the structure to complete searches and extinguish the remainder of the fire. With the exception of a family pet dog, no one was home when firefighters arrived.
It required about 40 minutes to extinguish the bulk of the fire. There were 60 firefighter/medics, command officers and support personnel that operated on the scene of this incident.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and estimated fire loss is still being tabulated. An adult male neighbor sustained minor lacerations to his arm when he broke the window out of a rear door to allow a dog to escape from the burning home. The dog, “Spencer,” a nearly 12 year old male, was soon reunited with the homeowner and did not appear to have suffered any injury. Paramedics tended to the injured neighbor on the scene, however, did not go to the hospital. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
The well-known Kevin Kennedy family of Beltsville will be displaced and are making their own arrangements for temporary housing.
This is an earlier clip from one of a pair of two alarm fires yesterday in Washington, DC. It is almost 11 minutes of raw video that starts as the first lines are stretched at 1666 Fort Davis Place, SE for a fire that began in the basement of a home. You can also hear fireground audio with this video.