Responded to reports of a fire in a dwelling. Arrived to find heavy fire on the second floor and through the roof of a 2 family flat. Set up tower operations for our initial attack, knocking down the bulk of the fire. Once most of the roof had burned off or collapsed, we made entry to extinguish the remaining fire that we were unable to hit with our tower. No injuries reported. One family was unfortunately displaced. Photos where taken and can be viewed online by Steve Redick, and 313 fire photography. Video shot with firecam 1080 from Firevideo.net.
The under-equipped and under-staffed Highland Park Fire Department recently put in-service their new tower, 2001 vintage, that you see in the videos. Steve reports it is the first fire in Highland park for the rig.
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More Highland Park, Michigan helmet-cam video from HPZ1442 and still pictures from our friend Steve Redick. Here’s the description:
This video is from Firefighter Tikkanen’s helmet camera. He was responding on Engine 2, the 2nd due engine for this fire. Crews responded to a report of an occupied dwelling fire on Connecticut street. They arrived to find heavy smoke showing. Upon 1st due crews entry they found heavy fire conditions on 1 and 2nd floor. The crew was able to extinguish the fire before it made its way into the attic. Not much fire footage on this video since the camera man was going in on the second line. You can see the heavy smoke in the beginning of it. I edited out most of his footage since it was just darkness. The guys described this one as an ass kicker, 3 bottle each fire. I was not personally on this fire. Photos at the end are compliments of Steve Redick and can be viewed or purchased on his web site http://ksc711.smugmug.com/. The camera used is a Firecam 1080. You can check them out at firevideo.net
Above is BoxAlarmDetroit‘s video of a house fire on Central Avenue in Detroit yesterday.
This is as good of a time as any to catch up on other Detroit news and videos I have been slow in getting to. We did share with you Wednesday the Charlie LeDuff story about the controversy over the new boots purchased for firefighters. What we failed to tell you about is the story the week before of all the much needed toilet paper that was sent to the Detroit Fire Department. Below is that story.
We also never posted the video (and fireground audio) from Steve Redick’s recent trip to Detroit. That is below. And if you are looking for a good Christmas or Hanukkah gift giving mood, don’t forget Steve’s wonderful books featuring his photos from Chicago (click here).
Speaking of photos, Dennis Walus sent me this superb article by Bill McGraw posted Thursday at Deadline Detroit about 75-year-old Bill Eisner who is still going strong after 50-years of documenting the Detroit Fire Department. Make sure you take a moment to read it.
And, of course, Dennis has a few photographs himself of the Detroit Fire Department in action. Detroit Fireground Images by Dennis Walus can be found here.
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Make sure you take some time to sit down and watch this video from the Chicago Fire Department and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. It is a good way to start the new year.
It was produced and directed by the extremely talented Rob Maloney and managed for NFFF by JoEllen Kelly (I would call her the executive producer).
A special, special thank you from Rob, JoEllen, the leadership at NFFF and me to our regular STATter911.com contributor Steve Redick. Steve, graciously opened up his video library to Rob and NFFF for this project.
Of course, these stories could not be told without the cooperation and compassion of Commissioner Robert Hoff, IAFF Local 2, the men and women of the department and the survivors of fallen firefighters from CFD.
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House fire in Modesto, California: Two firefighters were hurt fighting this fire yesterday at 1608 College Avenue. Shot by ModestoNews.org.
Looking back ten years: A long, chronological view of 9-11-2001 from my vantage point at the Pentagon. It concludes with a look at how the public perceives firefighters that, in hindsight, is still quite relevant. Here it is.
On that note. Click here to look at what happens when you put the word firefighter into the Google News search engine. The first 19 pages of articles (about a dozen to a page) are almost exclusively about firefighters and the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Many of the news items are about communities not only paying tribute to those who were lost in New York, but honoring or featuring local firefighters around the country with parades and other events. It isn't until the 20th page that other news about firefighters starts showing up alongside the 9-11 articles. So, are firefighters once again heroes after a couple of years of attacks on budgets, staffing and pensions? I am guessing the hero label will have a much shorter shelf life than a decade ago and likely has a September 12 sell by date.
From Tennessee to Harlem: FireTruckBlog.com looks at a rig donated to FDNY ten-years-ago that is still running in Harlem. Click here.
9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs: The New York Daily News did a nice overview of the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Here are some videos and news coverage from the stair climb events around the country in honor of FDNY's 343 – Manassas, VA, Myrtle Beach, SC, Nashville, TN, Denver, CO, Manchester, NH, Dallas, TX, Grand Rapids, MI, New Albany, IN, Kansas City, MO, Wausau, WI, San Francisco, CA, Greenbelt, MD, I hope to have video I shot for NFFF at Greenbelt up later today.
Lou Angeli's video from New York: Delaware's Lou Angeli, who has long combined his experience as a news videographer with his passion for the fire service, is featured in a story about his call to New York to chronicle the aftermath of the attacks. He spent 16 days with an up close and personal view through his lens. Check it out.
One more chance to say Statter sent you: You have until September 15th to get a nice discount for the Gateway Midwest Firefighter & Leadership Training event October 21-23 in St. Charles, MO. Put STATTER in the promo code. Here's the website. I hope to see you there.
Fairfax County Professional Fire & Rescue Officers Association: A reminder that the 9th Annual Professional Development Seminar is October 6 & 7 at the Marriott in Tysons Corner, VA. Still time to sign up. Click here for details.
Firefighters save City Hall: In some communities firefighters have been looking for City Hall to save them, but that was not the case on Saturday in Painesville, Ohio. Here's more.
2-11 in Chicago: Steve Redick video at an auto repair shop that burned yesterday in the 5600 block of Grand Avenue.
A special call was made for the Mobile Ventilation Unit (9-2-3) from Engine 106′s quarters and it was put to work in Sector 1 to push the fire to the rear and through the roof to allow companies to get at it since much of the roof had remained intact.
Glenn Usdin’s FireTruckBlog.com has more on the story, including Larry Shapiro pictures of Chicago firefighters dealing with the cold. And there is even more coverage of the PPV on steroids from Firegeezer.com.
2-11 alarm on Wednesday at 1896 Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Video is by Steve Redick. Click here to see Steve’s Chicago Fire Department photos and to buy his books.
The alarm was struck out at 11:25 p.m., Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said, but personnel remained on the scene for cleanup and investigation.
While fire officials believe the blaze was concentrated in the rear of the unused factory building, fire crews were cautious battling the fire because of the lightweight construction of the building, MacGregor said.
Firefighters had trained their hoses on the rear of the building and battled the fire defensively, MacGregor said, and kept the flames from spreading to other buildings.
The building apparently housed a couple or businesses, MacGregor said. A sign outside the building said “Eurosonic Blinds and Shutters.”
Click the image to see more of Steve Redick’s photos from the fire.
One of four Chicago area stories for the day: A brief Steve Redick video from an occupied dwelling fire early Saturday morning at Taylor and Western. You can always finds Steve’s still pictures and books, here.
Video of the weekend: We all need a little humor that we can relate to. Here it is.
DC’s new chief likes to write: Ken Ellerbe, who will soon be taking over the top spot at the DC Fire & EMS Department, sent a message or two to his critics and supporters via thewatchdesk.com. In it, the current chief from Sarasota County, Florida and former DC interim chief, provides some thoughts on how he plans to run the department. Chief Ellerbe also responds to Janet Wilmoth at Fire Chief Publications for her blog posting that is critical of Ellerbe’s appointment. Read it all here.
The past and the present at FireTruckBlog.com: Glen Usdin’s blog has some old rigs and brand new ones to look at, along with lots of other apparatus news. Click here for FireTruckBlog.com.
Raw video from Paterson, New Jersey third-alarm: Ed Gray on the scene with video from a fire early Saturday morning in a vacant apartment building. Click here.
Early video from New Zealand: One man was critically burned after his home caught fire. This video captures the initial attack on the fire in Napier.
Holly is Coyote ugly but CFD saved her anyway: Actually she is quite cute and seemed rather cooperative as the Chicago Fire Department and animal control officers teamed up to save a Coyote that went fishing and ended up floating on a small piece of frozen Lake Michigan. Check it out.
Other ice fishermen save the day northwest of Chicago: These were the two legged kind up early in McHenry Township, Illinois. They found a burning house before they got to a frozen lake and sounded the alarm, saving a family. Here’s the story.
Also in Chicago: Firegeezer Bill looks at the investigation into the drill that was performed at a firefighter’s home and the repercussions from this training. Click here.
Tragedy brings change: In Portland, Oregon the city’s new fire boat saw action two hours after it went in service. The boat fills a response gap that was discovered during a tragic situation involving two young children in 2009. Here’s the story and the video.
Invisible bracelets hit the DC area: The City of Fairfax Fire Department is the first in our area to bring the concept of virtual medical bracelets to the community. Read and watch the story.
Remember, they always get their man: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have a special interest in this one. They are looking for the person who tried to set fire to the RCMP Queen Charlotte detachment. Here’s more.
Warehouse fire in Glenview, Illinois: Steve Redick video of a fire early Sunday morning in a 14,000 square foot maintenance building that dates back to 1909. Five firefighters were treated at local hospitals and released. Firegeezer has pictures from Larry Shapiro and many more details.
A classic video that was recorded just two-days-ago: If you haven’t seen it yet, click here and take the time to view this must see video from Detroit that we posted on Saturday just a few hours after it occurred. The scene is a house fire with a report of people trapped that required a heavy police presence. Guess who got to park next to the closest hydrant?
The 20,000th comment posted to STATter911.com: We hit that mark at 11:38 EDT Saturday night with a comment by Danny H. on the story of the stolen fire helmet in Boston. Danny wrote, ”Looks like a Citizen’s Arrest to me!!”.
As I have said many times before, my favorite comments are those that discuss the issues in a productive manner rather than wasting our time by blasting each other. But I am realistic about the Internet and know we are far from reaching that goal. I do find though, that in between all of the claims about who has the bigger hose, there is a lot to learn from the STATter911 audience. Your input is always appreciated.
Claims of atrocious conduct on the fireground and a response from those being accused: Quite a to-do following a September 20 house fire in King George County, Virginia. Citizens and fire officials got together last Thursday to discuss the fire at a town hall meeting. The public pointed fingers at the visiting firefighters from Charles County, Maryland for behaving badly. The King George chief said there is plenty of blame to go around. That story, along with video of the fire can be found here. There is also a response from the chiefs of the mutual aid companies that came from across the Potomac River. Click here for that story.
Transformer explosion shuts nuclear power plant in New York: It happened at the Indian Point 2 plant on Sunday evening. LoHud.com reports the local fire department was kept outside the gates for a while and wasn’t needed when the firefighters were allowed inside. Here is what’s known about the incident.
Technology to help figure out volunteer staffing: In Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania instead of trying to guess which volunteers might show up when their is an alarm, the fire department is using a new system to get feedback moments after the call is dispatched. Click here for details.
Getting the right hole is crucial: A man in New Zealand tried to fuel his boat by putting the petrol in a rod holder which brought out firefighters. Wonder what he was fueled with? Click here.
Toronto firehouse is a must see on the bachelorette party circuit: Actually it’s the firefighters who are the attraction at Toronto Fire Hall 332, the buisiest fire station in Canada. Located in the Entertainment District, it is a regular stop for brides-to-be and their entourages. Here’s the story.
Colorado apartment fire: Raw video from a fire Sunday afternoon in Arapahoe County. Click here for news coverage.
We recently shared with you (courtesy of Fire Critic Rhett Fleitz) a humerous animated version of what police think of how firefighters handle some highway incidents. Now the tables are turned, but this time it is real life.
No date on this Detroit house fire on Temple Street between Park Avenue and Woodward Avenue. (UPDATE – Dennis Walus was kind enough to track this down and confirmed the fire was on Saturday at 72 Temple Street.)
The description says there is a ”man trapped upstairs claiming people downstairs were shooting at him” and that the area was “soon swarming with police.”
As Engine 1 drops its lines in front of the structure, look who is kind enough to catch the plug for them. It took a little bit before the cop got the message that unless he has a pump built into that cruiser he better move it.
While we are on the subject of Detroit, STATter911.com reader and contributor Paul Bassett (who knows his way around both a crime scene and a fireground), recently posted the video below from his July visit. Paul’s still photos can be found here.
Paul also has one of the nicest photo essays on the challenges faced by Detroit firefighters. We have previously posted it. In case you missed it, click here.
On a daily basis Dennis Walus is always out there taking great pictures of Detroit firefighters in action. His photos can be found here.
And our friend in Chicago, Steve Redick, makes regular trips to Detroit. His Detroit videos are here.
Early video as muffler shop burns in Chicago: Someone was rolling around 6:50 PM yesterday as the first engine arrived at Foster and Cicero (4801 W. Foster). There is later video of this 2-11 from our friend Steve Redick that you can find here.
Someone who gets it: If your idea of handling the news media at a fire or other emergency is to fill in the blanks of some script (At 3:30 PM our units arrived at 250 Main Street for a reported dwelling fire … ) you need to see this. In Buffalo, New York, Division Chief Scott Barry uses his moments in front of the cameras following a fire where two firefighters were hurt to tell a story and educate the public (and reporters) on the workings of his department. To me, this is effective communications and a great example for all of us. Take a look.
And now we know the rest of the story (or at least some of it): City officials are finally speaking out (as predicted, their initial silence stretched this story into another news cycle or two) about the apparent rift between police and firefighters in Daytona Beach. As we all figured, we were missing some elements behind memos from police that a firefighter told them to handle the EMS work at call were an 81-year-old woman was found on the floor. It turns out the firefighter in question is the union president. Part of the tension may have to do with the police chief accusing an unknown firefighter of witness intimidation in the case of a colleague arrested on a pair of sex charges. It is getting rather complicated to explain, so just read it yourself.
The welcoming committee: It says “Welcome to Baltimore”, but the message from the IAFF & FOP is a rather pointed one. Check it out.
What the tow truck operator spotted that the firefighters didn’t: This seems to happen once a year somewhere in the country. In Cleveland, Ohio firefighters missed the body in a burned out vehicle. Firegeezer has the story.
More than just pot growing accusations against FDNY member: The New York Daily News reports prosecutors claim that Firefighter Patrick Murray is a member of a gang known as “The Master Race”. Murray which is responsible for grow houses throughout Queens. His lawyer tells the paper, “He is not a member of any organization except the Fire Department of New York City.” Read the story.
Deadly moment captured on video: If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video from Iran where a man was rolling off some video of a fire 10 days ago at a petrochemical plant when it suddenly exploded. Four people were killed. Click here.
Dave the video killer strikes again: Here is my advice for the day. If you are going to put your fire or other videos on YouTube, look at the clips with the same critical eye everyone else will BEFORE you hit the upload button. Think ahead a bit and project how you are going to defend any potentially controversial items on the video when the fire service community sees it on STATter911 or some other forum. If you are truly comfortable with the good, bad and the ugly that is on there then by all means post it. We know no fireground is perfect and there is always something to learn. But it doesn’t make a lot of sense to boldly put the videos out there and then have to take them down a day later because some people pointed out the obvious. My lecture is over (what a pompous pain this guy has become since he quit the reporter job). If you are wondering what the hell I am talking about click here and read the comments.
A social media dos and don’ts theme show: Similar to my advice above, when you are writing nasty things on Facebook about someone you work with or anything to do with your business you might want to think how this will play when your boss sees it. A woman who USED TO work for an ambulance service in New Zealand can now explain this concept better than I can. Here’s the story.
A payroll mess in Birmingham, Alabama: The way the mayor tells it police and firefighters are supposed to make the same annual wage but not the same hourly rate. Somehow that didn’t translate into practice and the council has given orders to reduce the salary of firefighters. It is also being linked to a federal case involving the city’s payroll computer. Firefighters are threatening legal action of their own. Check it out.
Our man in Chicago is in Detroit: Steve Redick just came back from one of his regular trips to Detroit and posted this video of three fires and fireground audio. Don’t forget Steve has some nice books that always make for good gifts.
Controversy over not sending the closest units: A double fatal crash from May in Greenbrier, Tennessee is making news because the two closest fire and EMS companies weren’t dispatched on the call. The article indicates the closest units were available and could have been on the scene within two to three minutes. But because the collision was on the wrong side of the Davidson-Robertson County line, Nashville dispatched apparatus that took more than 10-minutes to arrive. Read and watch the story.
Maryland fire company sued by woman who can’t get in: On the Eastern Shore, The Crisfield Volunteer Fire Department is being sued by a member of the local rescue squad who has been turned down three times for membership. The department has never had a female member. The lawsuit claims Juanita Nelson was rejected because of the feeling expressed at a meeting, “If we let a female in here, it will never be the same again”. Read the article.
Ad attacks politician for cutting rescue unit. Unit may be needed because commissioner threw fire chief under bus: The battle continues in Clark County, Nevada. An ad by firefighters blames Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid for mothballing the county’s rescue engine and relying instead on the heavy rescue unit from Las Vegas. Reid, who wants to be governor of Nevada, responded, “The ad is false. I have been informed by Fire Chief Steve Smith that this action will not negatively impact response times or public safety.” Read what a local columnist has to say about the battle.
If it isn’t one thing ..: Bad luck for a Warren, Ohio firefighter didn’t end with his recent lay off from the department. Now, his home catches fire. Read details.
Plugging Geezer: I figure it’s good PR to plug Firegeezer since I am going to spend three days with Bill (join us and a really, really sketchy group of players at Booth 738 at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore). Bill has lots of news including a body found in a burned out Florida restaurant.
Much more important stuff in Baltimore than our foolishness: At 2:00 Friday afternoon the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (where I do some work) will have a briefing at the Hilton next to the Baltimore Convention Center on a new behavioral health initiative. Please join us. Below are some details from the press release-
The way to help firefighters who have dealt with potentially traumatic events is changing. Much has been learned from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s work in New York after September 11th and following the loss of 9 firefighters at a furniture store fire in Charleston, South Carolina in 2007. A briefing on this new model at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore later this week will answer all your questions as to how-as a chief officer, family member or colleague-you can help firefighters deal with the stress, grief and trauma that often go along with this profession.
Scholarship reminder: The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD) is accepting applications for its scholarship program. 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.
They don’t make them like that anymore: At antique motorcycle races in Wauseon, Ohio on Friday one of the old bike’s caught fire. It is interesting watching people trying to put it out. But after the fire is extinguished look at how well the motorcycle survived.
Video above from Steve Redick. Click here for Steve’s pictures and books.
Chicago firefighters from more than 30 companies battled an extra-alarm blaze this afternoon at two Logan Square buildings, including an auto shop, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The 3-11 fire–which sends more than 100 firefighters to the scene–started about noon in a building that houses Lucky’s Auto Parts, Inc. at 3434 W. Armitage Ave. before spreading to a neighboring building at 3432 W. Armitage, said Fire Department spokesman Richard Rosado.
One firefighter was taken in good condition to St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital for heat exhaustion, fire personnel said.
Road trip to Detroit: Chicago’s Steve Redick made one of his regular trips to Detroit and returned, as usual, with lots of video. The clip above, with fireground audio, chronicles the 3-day visit. You can see Steve’s still images from Detroit here. On the same page you will find links for Steve’s books on rigs in and around Chicago.
Investigators make arrest in Emmitsburg fire: If you haven’t checked in over the weekend you may not have seen all of the early pictures and video from Saturday morning’s fire in the heart of Emmitsburg. The 150-year-old apartment building (former hotel) that houses Stavros Pizza burned. While early news reports indicated careless smoking was to blame, one resident is under arrest, charged with starting the fire during a suicide attempt. In fact, you can hear people talking about a man in custody on one of the fire videos we posted. Click here and here for our coverage.
Must see video of arsonists in the act: Some determined men caught in the act of setting a Fort Worth business on fire last week. Click here for the video. Also, firefighters who were trapped and injured in that fire tell about their escape. Click here to read and watch that story.
What’s up Doc? The answer may not be good for your blood pressure: Neil Coplan, an FDNY doctor who occasionally visited fire scenes, receives a $95,000-a-year disability pension because of a heart ailment. The pension was awarded under the same provision that presumes an active firefighter’s heart problems are job related. This one isn’t sitting too well with some people. Read more.
It seems to never end in Flint: WJRT-TV reports there were eight fires Saturday night and early Sunday morning for a total of 20 in three days in Flint, Michigan. One battalion chief says fatigue is setting in for firefighters as they handle this 12-day arson spree with fewer Flint firefighters and reduced resources from neighbors. Click here to watch and here, to read the TV station’s latest story. Here’s our coverage of fires earlier in the weekend, including an arrest in a Friday evening blaze.
More from the battleground in Colorado over fire and EMS: Today is the day that more developments are expected in Leadville and Lake County over the nasty dispute between the fire department and the Sheriff’s department over who will provide fire and EMS coverage. Firefighters are scheduled to protest at the courthouse this afternoon over the arrest by sheriff’s deputies of a top fire official who had responded to an EMS call at the county jail. This evening there is a special joint meeting of Leadville and Lake County leaders to discuss the incident. Here is the latest. Click here and here for our previous coverage.
No charges in collision of two rigs in Houston that left bicyclist dead: The Houston Police Department has decided not to file criminal charges in the wreck a year ago between Ladder 16 and Engine 7 that took the life of a woman on a bicycle. The final decision is now up to the District Attorney. Read the details. Here is our coverage on the day of the collision.
Houston fire station closed: Speaking of Ladder 16, it has been moved to Station 8 following the closing of Station 16. KTRK-TV reports the building has been shuttered. Not a lot of details other than a report that problems with ceramic tiles coming loose has brought questions about the structural integrity of the firehouse. Here’s more.
A study in fire spread: That’s what Firegeezer calls his look at a fire in West Bend, Wisconsin. Take a look.
5-alarms in Nashville: Five homes were damaged or destroyed in the fire late Thursday night. Check it out.
Blast levels New Jersey home visited earlier by gas workers: In South Amboy two people were hurt in an apparent natural gas explosion that destroyed a home on Friday. The gas company confirms one its people had visited the house 45-minutes earlier, responding to a report of a leak. Here’s the story.
Was anyone on OT during boot drive?: The latest issue in Clark County, Nevada is over collecting money for MD during work hours. The question has also been brought up about overtime money being spent during the boot drive. Click here for the details.
The mature probie: An interesting article about New York’s Syosset Fire Department. Josh Stewart writes about the trend toward volunteers joining the department later in life. Here’s the story.
Fire at recycling plant in Cook County, Illinois. Video of Chicago FD mobile ventilation unit in action.5 comments
Steve Redick video from a recycling warehouse fire yesterday afternoon in suburban Chicago. Toward the end of the clip you will see Steve showing the operations of MVU 923. I wonder if the unit has its own Facebook fan page? (So sorry.)
The fire started between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 615 N. Northwest Avenue in an industrial section of Northlake just east of Interstate 294.
The cement and brick building was about three-quarters empty, said Franklin Park Fire Chief David Traiforos during a phone interview after leaving the scene.
In the center of the building, however, a pile of tightly bundled packages of cloth, paper and plastic had caught fire.
The Chicago Fire Department brought in front-end loaders to push the burning bundles outside where they were broken apart and extinguished.
The building sprinkler system did some of the work, Traiforos said.
“It probably kept the building from burning down,” he said. “There’s really no damage to the building other than cutting into the roof and window damage.”
Firefighters were challenged, however, by insufficient water pressure.
UPDATED WITH NEW VIDEO – Busy Sunday night in Chicago: Video & fireground audio from extra alarm church and restaurant fires.1 comment
Our friend Steve Redick had a busy night chasing after the firefighters of Chicago. Two extra-alarm fires broke out about two hours apart.
The first was a 3-11 church fire where a parishoner has been arrested for arson. It was reported around 9:30 PM at Edgebrook Evangelical Lutheran Church in the 6400 block of N. Hiawatha Avenue.
At 11:45 PM a fire in a Greektown restaurant was reported. The restaurant was destroyed and a grocery store and other businesses heavily damaged during the 4-11 alarm response .
James Deichman, 61, of the 6200 block of North Cicero is charged with felony arson at a place of worship.
Interim Pastor Rev. John Holm said during a phone interview that Deichman is a member of the church. Just yesterday morning, Holm said he and other church leaders discussed ways to get the man help because of an obvious deterioration in his mental health.
Holm said Deichman lit some garbage cans on fire outside the church and then broke a window and started a fire in the lobby. Police responding to the scene found him inside and were able to get him out safely, Holm said.
The church building is “absolutely devastated”, Holm said. An adjacent educational center is unusable due to smoke and water damage.
The church was built in 1943 and expanded in 1953. The church web site describes the architecture as a “slightly modern adaptation of the English Village Church.”
“We’re going to say some prayers and sing some hymns and just try to hold each other up,” Holm said.
A deep fat-fryer may be the cause for an extra-alarm fire that left a Greektown restaurant a total loss and heavily damaged an adjacent building, fire officials said.
Firefighters were called out to the 2-story building that houses Costas Greek Dining & Bar at 340 S. Halsted St., about 11:35 p.m., said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. The fire was initially struck out shortly after 3 a.m. but officials said they were still on the scene as they worked to shut gas service off.
The restaurant manager told firefighters arriving on the scene that the fire started in the kitchen and a deep fat fryer may have sparked the blaze, fire officials said. A fire department spokesman said while they suspect the deep fryer as a cause an investigation will determine a final cause of the blaze.
The fire quickly rose from 3-alarm status to 4 when it spread to the building to the north. That building houses three businesses — Athens Grocery, the Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop and Greektown Gift and Music Shop.
Fireground audio of 3-alarm Oregon fire with water supply problems: Click here for the radio traffic from FireSceneAudio.com of the fire in a large vacant early 1900s building at the Fairview Training Center in Salem. Read more.
A welcome home from Haiti: Away for 15 days, Virginia Task Force 1 helped bring 16 people to safety who were trapped in the rubble of the earthquake in Haiti. Watch the welcome the team received yesterday evening in Fairfax County. Also, click here for a slideshow of the welcome home.
Report faults firefighters for not following procedures during fatal fire: Four members of the DeKalb County Fire Department, including two captains and a battalion chief remain suspended with pay after a report puts a lot of the blame on their shoulders for failing to find the burning home of a woman who called 911 early Sunday. They did return about five hours later to find the house destroyed and the woman dead. Read the report and more details.
Woman hit by hose falls off fire engine: You had probably seen the earlier story on this one from Cambridge, Massachusetts. A loyal reader and Firegeezer alert us to the update that an 82-year-old woman died when she was hit by hose that fell off the rig as the crew was responding. Click here.
Ambulance with a very bad reputation lives up to its past and burns: The ambulance that helped push New Jersey lawmakers to widen the states “Lemon Law” to include emergency vehicles self destructed yesterday and few are surprised. Click for pictures, video and the to read the story.
Mayor and fire department director finally talking in Memphis: With the TV station into its second week of stories on hiring practices at the Memphis Fire Department, city officials are now answering some questions about the arrest of 80 firefighters over the last five year. Click for the mayor and here for Director Alivin Benson.
Fire department takes $128,000 loss on new fire engine that was just too big: Pennsylvania’s Lawrence Park Fire Department (Erie County) sold its new, 37.9-foot-long Pierce Dash Pumper just 17-months after getting the $510,000 rig. They found Engine 284 too big for the township’s alleys. And the sale has caused some controversy. Read the story.
Omaha heating up again: Loyal reader Ron Young points us to some stories out of Omaha where there has been controversy over a proposed new fire boat and other items being purchased from a special fund. Click here for that one (and an earlier article here).
The news never stops in Bourne, Massachusetts: Just when we thought things might calm down after the resignation of Lt. Kelli Weeks, there is even more controversy in the Bourne Fire Department. The acting chief now has some allegations against him. Click here for that story. Also, the firefighters’ union has some harsh words for how the town selectmen handled the Weeks affair. Check it out.
Another blue light special: In Des Moines police say a Grand Junction volunteer firefighter apparently wants to also be a volunteer police officer. The cops say 29-year-old Richard Collogan was pulling people over with his blue light. Read the details.
The wife tells me I must run this one: She was charmed about the story of a 3-year-old boy who very effectively used 911 to help her grandmother who was having a seizure. Click here for the story from Maple Shade, New Jersey and here to listen to the call and meet Jaden Bolli. We need to get Jaden to teach everyone how to be that calm when calling 911.
It is not the CNN employee I expected to do this: If there was ever someone from CNN who I could easily see an old firehouse in New York to live in, it would be my friend, and fire buff extraordinaire, Vito Maggiolo. But the story at HuffingtonPost.com isn’t about Vito. It’s about Anderson Cooper paying $4.3 million for such a privilege. Click here for the story and pictures.
Fireground audio & video from Chicago 3-11: A very cold Steve Redick shot this fire in the cockloft of a large commercial building at 47th and King yesterday. Click here for the radio traffic from FireSceneAudio.com. You can read more about the fire here.