Video from homer218 of a truck fire on Monday in a lot at 21 Empire Boulevard in South Hackensack, New Jersey. As with all vehicle fires these days there are more things than ever that go boom. Two small explosions are on this video at :25 and :51.
This is just a plain old car fire. We don’t post many car fire videos, but the ones we do tend to prompt lively discussions. In fact, some of the liveliest. The topics that have generated the most input from our legion of KICs have been about PPE and use of reel lines on vehicle fires.
Running right behind those topics is the universal problem illustrated by this video from Arlingtoncards on YouTube of a Ford Mustang fire Tuesday evening in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Getting under or through the hood was the challenge on this fire, something most everyone has dealt with at some point in their career. Discuss among yourselves.
*UPDATE: * ARSON FIRES * A person of interest has been detained and is being questioned. It is too early to speculate if this person responsible for spree arson fires. – Erik Scott###
Posted by LAFD Media and Public Relations at 1/02/2012 03:55:00 AM
*UPDATE: * ARSON FIRES * A total of 55 fires of concern have broke out in the Los Angeles area over the last four days from 12/30/11 to 01/02/12. 45 fires in the Los Angeles area, nine in West Hollywood, and one in Burbank. – Erik Scott###
Posted by LAFD Media and Public Relations at 1/02/2012 04:57:00 AM
Police in Los Angeles distributed DVDs on Sunday featuring surveillance video of a man wanted for questioning in connection with a rash of suspicious car fires in the city.
The person of interest is a white male between 20 and 30 years old with a receding hairline and a shoulder-length ponytail, according to Officer Sara Faden. The man was seen on video Saturday after emerging on foot from inside an underground parking structure on Hollywood Boulevard that was the scene of a car fire.
Detectives estimated the man, who was wearing a bulky jacket, is between 5’6" and 6’1" tall.
Faden said investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man on the video.
Detectives spent early Sunday analyzing security video camera footage and following up on other leads after a half dozen more vehicles were set on fire on New Year’s Eve.
The outbreak of arson fires has left a trail of smoldering debris in Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood and the Fairfax district of Los Angeles since Thursday.
Authorities said they were investigating a total of 43 suspicious fires. Most of those fires were set in parked cars. In several cases, flames have jumped to carports and apartment units.
"They are working on hundreds of clues, interviewing dozens of witnesses, picking up countless pieces of evidence," police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said of the detectives.
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It takes a lot to impress me as I search high and low for videos that are worthy of the STATter911.com audience. While this appears to be just a video of a vehicle fire in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it is more than that (actually it's two vehicles burning). If, like me, you are interested in how people react around emergency scenes (especially people with cameras), this is pure gold..
In the title of these clips, the videographer (hoppenbob) labels the whole thing "Awesome". I am not sure the video is awesome, but the commentary sure fits the bill for me. I thought the high point was yelling to the cop "Am I safe here?" and apparently not getting a reply. Maybe, if you feel the need to ask, that's your answer right there..
I am sure there are some of you reading this who don't have the keen, artistic sense I've developed from 38 years of broadcasting and will declare, after watching these clips, that this was almost five minutes of your life that you wished you had back. Let me remind you that STATter911.com's policy is that there are no refunds.
Glenn Usdin’s FireTruckBlog.com (below) first told us about this story yesterday. Now some more details including Denver Fire looking at the possibility of making sure fire investigators travel in pairs. A lone investigator working on two vehicle fires in a west Denver neighborhood soon found his ride in flames eary Wednesday morning.