A six-alarm fire on Labor Day 2013 brought firefighters throughout Northern Virginia and Prince George’s County, Maryland to the 800 block of South Pickett Street in Alexandria. It also forced STATter911.com off his fat butt to drive the 15 minutes to capture the video above. The fire was impacted by a water main break a block away earlier in the day. Toward the end of the video you will see the large amount of hose on the ground on the west side of the fire as part of the relay to bring in water from other mains.
The warehouse fire was reported at about noon on Monday and firefighters contained it by about 4 p.m.
South Van Dorn Street at Edsall Road was closed as firefighters extinguish the blaze.
Chief Fire Marshal Robert Rodriguez with the Alexandria Fire Department says no injuries have been reported.
The fire is about a block away from a water main break at the intersection of South Pickett and South Van Dorn streets. Rodriguez says the water main break is giving firefighters some trouble, but they are working around it.
Martin Pang, the arsonist who set a 1995 warehouse fire that killed four Seattle firefighters, was positioning himself for an after-prison “life of luxury” through two schemes hatched behind bars, according to Seattle police — one to steal the identities of witnesses against him and a second to siphon millions of dollars from the Tulalip Resort Casino.
Police said Tuesday that Pang, 57, engineered an elaborate identity-fraud scheme with an alleged accomplice on the outside that focused on stealing the identities of firefighters, police officers and witnesses who played a role in his criminal case.
The two are also accused of plotting to set up phony vendor accounts to steal from the Marysville casino, where Pang’s alleged accomplice, Charles McClain, once worked.
According to Pugel, Pang had birth dates and Social Security numbers of fire and police personnel from training records that were included in discovery materials turned over by prosecutors as part of the manslaughter case. State law has since changed, allowing agencies to redact Social Security numbers from such records, he said.
Martin Pang set the fire at Mary Pang frozen food warehouse burned in 1995. While fighting the fire, Seattle firefighters Walter Kilgore, Gregory Shoemaker, James Brown and Randy Terlicker plunged to their deaths when the floor collapsed.
In March, the Washington State Department of Corrections learned Pang and a man outside of prison planned to set up credit accounts in the names of firefighters and others, then send the money to off-shore bank accounts.
An undercover detective was able to connect with the pair before Pang and his partner, Charles McClain, could put their plan into action.
Authorities arrested McClain. While searching Pang’s cell, they also found evidence including social security numbers of witnesses and the personal information of firefighters in Pang’s case.
After arresting McClain, a search of Pang’s prison cell turned up a list of the names and social security numbers of 20 witnesses in Pang’s 1995 arson case. Investigators also found evidence he had recently accessed records through his attorney with personal information of firefighters involved in his case.
“The latest allegations bring back painful memories for the families of the four firefighters who died in the line of duty and for the Seattle firefighters,” said Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean.
Pang, scheduled for release in 2018, could face another five years in prison if convicted and lose significant “good behavior time,” accumulated while serving his sentence.
There was a large multi-alarm warehouse fire in Indianapolis on Saturday that required laying supply lines across railroad tracks. In the video above, WISH-TV shows the moment a CSX train took out one of those supply lines. Here’s what the TV station reported:
Firefighters regrouped and laid more lines.
They say CSX officials cooperated from the very start of the fire-fight. But this one train did not have time to stop.
The tracks remained closed for the next seven hours.
Above is raw chopper video from WISH-TV from the fire. Below is undated video of a similar incident with a supply line from Maine that popped up on YouTube this past week.
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A caller first reported the fire at the North Arlington warehouse at 29 Ewing Ave. at around 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 23. Fire and medical units from North Arlington, Lyndhurst, East Rutherford, Rutherford, Moonachie, East Newark and Belleville responded. Carlstadt and Wood-Ridge trucks were requested to cover the North Arlington fire house.
The business listed at the address is Par-Metal Products Inc., which sells metal chassis for electronics.
Firefighters had to deal with icing, frozen gear and water supply concerns while battling four-alarm fire through single-digit temperatures at a metal shop in Bergen County, N.J.
The cold weather made it tough for crews responding to the blaze on Ewing Avenue in North Arlington, a dead-end industrial road near Schuyler Avenue. Fire officials on the scene said water supply, frozen gear and firefighters’ comfort and safety were big concerns.
Above is video this morning at 3757 South Ashland in Chicago, the site Tuesday night of the largest fire in the city in at least seven years. Below is video and fireground audio taken Tuesday night. From top to bottom the clips are from Larry Shapiro, Steve Redick and Radioman911TV.
Anatomy of the 4-11: 13:08 E23 looking for rubbish 2500 W. Cullerton St. / Full Still b/o Main FAO for 2444 W. 21st St. » 13:13 Still & Box Alarm b/o Batt 4 for 3 story 200×100 smoke on 2nd fl and heavy smoke from several 1st fl windows » 13:20 2-11 Alarm b/o 2-2-1 reports heavy fire throughout 3 story warehouse 200×150 » Companies go defensive » Batt 2 requests CTA Pink Line be shut down » 13:31 2-2-1 requests additional TL and reserve snorkel » Corrected size-up by 2-2-1 is at least 300×150 » 13:38 3-11 Alarm b/o 2-1-28 plus 2 additional TLs » 13:45 4-11 Alarm / EMS Plan 1 / Level 1 HazMat b/o 2-1-28 » 13:58 2-7-1/Batt 4 4 master streams on West side of building making little progress » 14:00 EMS Plan 1 secured b/o 2-1-28 » 14:04 2-1-3 in command / All officers switch to Ch 5 Command » 14:30 2-7-1/2-1-3 11 master streams working, gas company digging in Sector 1 to shut off main, 1 line to sprinkler system in Sector 4
A Southwest Side warehouse partially collapsed during a 4-11 alarm blaze this afternoon that also caused the CTA to shut down the Pink Line.
The blaze was reported in a 100-by-300 foot, 2-story warehouse at 2444 W. 21st St. about 1:12 p.m., and as of 1:20 p.m. evacuations were underway, according to Fire Media. The 3-11 alarm was called at 1:40 p.m., and the 4-11 alarm followed soon after. The 4-11 alarm was struck out at about 3:47 p.m.
At about 2:43 p.m. Fire Media reported the building was starting to collapse.
The City of Laval, north of Montreal, Canada has been ordered by a judge to pay almost $3.7 million to Factory Mutual Insurance Company because Laval firefighters made a warehouse fire eight years ago worse by starting a second fire. The original fire was in a storage room at the Dyne-a-Pak foam plant on September 25, 2004. According to SunNews, firefighters using a saw, accidentally started a second fire:
They used a chainsaw to cut a hole in a ceiling across the hall from where the fire was raging. Sparks from the saw ignited rolls of polystyrene, causing a second fire.
It took 11 hours to put out the blaze, and the warehouse was heavily damaged.
In a Dec. 13 ruling, Judge Andre Roy agreed the chainsaw caused the second fire.
A was reported fire yesterday afternoon at a warehouse at 2nd Street and Wharton Street in Philadelphia that was rented by one of Philadelphia’s Mummers organizations. The fire went to four-alarms The video above is from Rudy Thomas and the video immediately below is from phillyfirenews and includes the collapse of one of the walls of the structure. The third video also shows a collapse.
B/C-1 had heavy fire in the rear of a two story building, 60×100. Companies had trouble gaining access to the building. Second alarm struck and all companies to evacuate the building. Command placed all hand service with heaviest water lines. Requested the third alarm struck. One civilian was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation. The fourth alarm was requested, had extension into an exposure.
A fire in South Philadelphia that started in a warehouse used to store cars caused heavy damage to a nearby warehouse used to store equipment for a successful Mummers group, destroyed a row home and left other row homes with smoke and water damage.
The four-alarm blaze began at 1301 South 2nd St. around 2:30 p.m. Officials say an elderly woman who lived in the row home that was destroyed was injured in the blaze and remained in stable condition Monday night.
The fire broke out near a warehouse that houses props and equipment used by the Fralinger String Band, a decorated Mummers group. The fire spread quickly to the warehouse and caused extensive damage to nearby homes.
A huge warehouse fire that erupted Monday might have destroyed elaborate props slated for use in the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade, event participants said.
Members of the Fralinger String Band said they were waiting to survey the damage from the blaze in a largely residential area of south Philadelphia. Firefighters were still pouring water on the building several hours after the first flames were reported, Fralinger Chairman Steve Coper said.
Several explosions were reported at the three-story industrial garage, fire department Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. It took more than 100 firefighters almost four hours to get the blaze controlled.
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.
Video above from Vito Maggiolo of a fire Wednesday night in Washington, DC. Details below from Vito via DCFD.com (where you will also find photos of the fire from Elliot J. Goodman):
A second alarm assignment of DC firefighters spent Halloween night and the following morning battling a warehouse blaze in the Union Market complex of NE Washington.
The fire engulfed a two story structure at 1259 4th Street NE that housed a wholesale enterprise selling souvenir merchandise, and was reported around 10 PM. The building was packed to the gills with stock, providing a very heavy fire load and a dangerous maze for firefighters to maneuver in. Further complicating efforts to battle the fire was how tightly secured the warehouse was, making forcible entry and ventilation extremely difficult.
Despite these challenges, units initiated an interior attack, knocking down considerable fire on the first floor. However, the flames had already extended to engulf the floor above, forcing the incident commander to order the building evacuated.
It than became an outside battle, utilizing Tower 3, a ladder pipe, and multiple stangs and 2.5 inch attack lines. The barrage of heavy duty devices battered the blaze for hours, but limited penetration was a problem, and flames continued to rage in the center portion of the structure, which continued to billow heavy smoke.
In order to facilitate the vast amount of water needed for the firefight, engines from the water supply task force assigned on the second alarm laid additional five inch hose to the scene.
There were attached, similar exposures on both sides, but a concerted effort prevented further spread.
It took more than 200 firefighters eight hours to put out the 5-11 alarm blaze in the 2600 block of West Nelson Street Sunday. Crews remained on the scene much of the day, putting out hot spots and tearing down unstable walls. No injuries were reported.
The fire started around 1:30 a.m. and spread through the top three floors of the building, causing the north wall and some of the floors to collapse. Firefighters wedged in between neighboring buildings and the wall were warned over their radios before the wall fell over.
Firefighters on a ladder near a west corner of the building yelled to a dozen firefighters below to watch for power lines, which shook violently but didn’t fall when the brick wall came crashing down.
Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked an intense fire at a car storage facility. The building and six cars were destroyed in the Monday afternoon fire.
Ogden Fire spokesman Deputy Chief Eric Bauman says fortunately the fire started when no one was inside the 7th and Wall Avenue building. “A worker had just gone outside when the worker heard an explosion and then turned around and saw the flames.” Bauman says when firefighters arrived the building was “fully engulfed.”
A warehouse that stored, among other items, tanks filled with natural gas, was destroyed in an explosive fire Monday.
Just before 1:30 p.m., crews were called to C & G Global Inc., in the 700 block of Wall Avenue, on a report of a large fire, said Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Eric Bauman. An employee working in the building had stepped outside to load a truck, Bauman said. While outside, he heard an explosion from inside the building.
As firefighters battled the fire, there were several explosions inside the large warehouse because of the natural gas tanks, Bauman said.
A fairly wild scene at a warehouse fire in Florence, New Jersey (Burlington County) that began late Saturday night and lasted until early this morning. On these videos you will see and hear multiple blasts and ignition of gases that appear to come from a variety of sources. As you will see from this link to an article in The Trentonian there was pretty much nothing left of the structure this morning.
Flames broke out at a warehouse in Florence, NJ just after 11:30 Saturday night. Flames leaped into the air as several explosions went off inside. Part of the roof collapsed, making the fire harder for crews to fight.
Officials at the scene Sunday morning declined to comment on the extent of the blaze, but a lid that was buckled outward for a 55-gallon drum, on the property adjacent to G.J.P. Enterprises and fire fighters pointing to a truck that had also received fire damage across the street tell the tale. The wild late-night fire that raged for five hours until it was placed under control at 4 a.m., though at 11 a.m. some pockets of fire still remained as demolition crews sifted through the wreckage with a large backhoe.
G.J.P Enterprises is a Trenton area business that specializes in distribution of import and export freight that serves all of New Jersey.
The Trentonian was unable to obtain comment from the Chief of the Florence Township Fire Chief at the scene and the cause remains under investigation.
Above is more than 16 minutes of what appears to be video of the initial attack on last week’s fire at a block long factory building on Hancock Avenue at Railroad Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Firefighters ended up pumping water into the structure for more than two days. Later video and TV news coverage is below.
For almost two days beginning Thursday night, firefighters shot steady streams of water into the burning building.
“You’ve got to give these guys a lot of credit,” Fossesigurani said. “Not only were they battling a stubborn blaze with heavy, acidic smoke, but they had to deal with the hot temperatures we had outside and then the heavy rain that followed. Our guys took a real beating.”
Firefighters were kept outside battling the blaze because of structural collapses.
Firefighters remained at the Nest Arts Factory on Friday morning as smoke continued to billow. Officials expect the smoldering to continue through the weekend.
Assistant Fire Chief Ismael Pomales said it appears an accelerant was used because of how big the fire was when firefighters arrived Thursday evening. He also says youths apparently hang around the building because of the graffiti there.
Fire officials said crews were called to the 500 block of S. Broadway Street at about 1:40 p.m. Monday, where they were met with heavy smoke and fire shooting through the roof of a three-story vacant brick building.
“Back on Register Street, it’s a pretty narrow street. It was hard to get apparatus in there. That’s where we initially tried to attack the fire. We did surround it on all sides, but it was really tough because the fire was in the middle of the block and there was no way to get to it once we couldn’t go inside,” Baltimore City Fire Department Chief James Clack said.
Forty-seven-year-old Lieutenant Richard Nappi of Engine 237, a 17-year veteran of the FDNY, died during a fire reported around 1:00 this afternoon at a warehouse on Flushing Avenue in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Lt. Nappi was a Bronx native who lived in Suffolk County. He has a wife Mary Anne, a 12-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son. According to a statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Lt. Nappi overheated, suffered exhaustion and collapsed.
A veteran city fire lieutenant died of an apparent heart attack on Monday afternoon while battling a three-alarm warehouse blaze in Brooklyn, the authorities said.
Fire Lt. Richard Nappi, 47, was commanding a hose line at the fire, at 930 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, when he began feeling dizzy, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. He soon went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical center at 3:32 p.m., the authorities said.
“This is a very tragic day for New York City,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a news conference at Woodhull. “Someone who devoted his life to keeping us safe is no longer with us.”
Peter Garda and his employees sifted through his office Monday morning salvaging what they could from the charred shell of his Lehigh Acres coffee distribution center.
Garda said he was out of town when the fire broke out Sunday afternoon at the 33,000-square-foot distribution center for Stan's Coffee Service and P&L Foods on Second Street West.
Firefighters arrived on the scene around 2 p.m. Sunday and fought the smoldering blaze through the night and into Monday afternoon.
Lt. Chad Ketron, with the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, said the cause of the fire is still undetermined.
While the fire was contained Monday and no other structures were threatened, Ketron said a section of the roof collapsed, which made it difficult for firefighters to access hot spots in some parts of the building.
Smoke continued to billow from the building Monday as firefighters knocked holes in the outside walls in an effort to gain access to parts of the structure still smoldering.
A blaze tore through an Oxfam warehouse, destroying thousands of items of clothing destined for the world's poor. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who sent ten crews to the scene, said the warehouse was '100 per cent involved' in the fire and a structural engineer had been called because the building "was showing signs of collapse'.:
19:24 hours, Reading transmitted box 76, Front and Buttonwood, with an address of 2nd and Buttonwood Streets for a factory.
Upon arrival, crews found a 100 x 225 one and three story factory with heavy fire showing. A row of homes sit up against it on 2nd street and were threatened by the blaze.
It appears that the fire started on the north end of the building. That side looked to be a one-story building. The fire extended throughout the complex and eventually extended into the three story building at the Buttonwood Street side.
Within a couple of hours, the three-story warehouse at the corner of Buttonwood and Second was fully-involved. Firefighers saved the rowhomes next to the warehouse on the eastside of Second Street. 3 lines were stretched and operating in the E/O/R and working the attic. Crews stopped the fire in the first home and successfully saved the row of about 10 homes.
The third floor eventually collapsed into the second floor and portions of the wall came down on the street, damaging at least two cars parked below.
When the alarm sounded and fire Chief Erik Pettaway arrived at 31 Norfolk Ave., he knew the fire was big. He also knew the building. The neighborhood native recently did a pre-plan of the complex, which takes up a block.
He gave the order for firefighters to back up and stay out of the building. Pettaway called out nine alarms, the maximum response in Boston, and units throughout the city and region rushed to the scene.
Minutes later, a section of a building collapsed near where fire trucks and firefighters would have been standing had the chief not given the order to back off.
“Chief Pettaway made the decision to pull the trucks back, and after the trucks were pulled back it collapsed. He probably saved a lot of injuries to firefighters, and that’s how well-trained these firefighters are,’’ said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, at the scene. “They made some real good calls early in the evening.’’
“What I tried to do was establish a collapse zone,’’ Pettaway said at the scene. “My concern is no one gets hurt. I wanted to make sure my men are OK.’’
Garages burn in Omaha, Nebraska: Ten garages were damaged or destroyed by a fire early Sunday morning at the Benz Place Apartments. One firefighter suffered a minor burn. Read more.
Firefighter’s condition downgraded after hit & run: According to Firefighter Close Calls, the condition of Firefighter Pat Hines went from serious to critical after he was struck by a hit and run driver during a car fire in Tulare County, California. Hines was thrown 50-feet from the impact. A second firefighter was also hurt. Click here for more details.
Six children dead in New York house fire: All six, ranging in age from one to 12, died of smoke inhalation when their house burned early Saturday in Fort Edward, New York (Washington County). The fire started in a downstairs room. Here’s more.
Collapse video We have two videos showing the collapse of the fire building during an eight-alarm fire in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Click here.
Police story 1: Firefighter Close Calls wonders why police don’t respond “routine” to fire calls. Billy Goldfeder is reacting to the weekend collision between a Philadelphia fire truck and a police car both responding to the same fire. A bicyclist was also injured. Click here for more.
Police story 2: Look at this video and explain why is there a need for not one, but two sheriff’s deputies to park their cars right behind the pumpers in front of the burning house. It doesn’t appear to have made a difference in this case, but it sure gets you wondering.
More on the firefighter who hid his four months in jail: The Salem News gives its views on the Haverhill, Massachusetts firefighter who had his shifts covered while he was in jail for four months. The paper has reported when the fire chief discovered what was going on Keith Thompson put in his retirement papers. The paper also says Thompson hasn’t has a valid driver’s license since 1992. Here’s the editorial.
House fire in Norwich, Connecticut: This fire on Prospect Street was reported around 7:00 PM on Saturday. No injuries, but 23 people have been displaced. The home housed a substance-abuse recovery program for women. Read the details.
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Firefighter rap sheets making the news in two cities: We summarize the coverage from two cities as TV reporters look closely at how the fire departments in Memphis and Pittsburgh are handling firefighters who get arrested. Alcohol and drugs are behind many of the arrests, both directly and indirectly.
It’s not just the firefighters Part 1 – Read statements from firefighters about chief who showed up to fatal fire after a few drinks: Tarpon Springs, Florida Chief Stephen Moreno has been suspended after allegations he arrived at a fire after a few drinks, gave orders without checking in with the IC, and had no radio or gear. On top of that, his wife was walking around the fire scene. Read the paperwork, watch and read the story.
It’s not just the firefighters Part 2 – Kentucky chief under investigation resigns: Firegeezer has the story on Chief Paul Barth who has resigned from the McMahan Fire District in Jefferson County. Barth has been suspended since November 24 over money issues that now involve the U.S. Secret Service.
A Steve Skipton photo of Sunday morning's 5-alarm vacant warehouse fire in Gloucester City, New Jersey. Click the image for more pictures from Steve and Ted Aurig at PhillyFireNews.com.
Overtime issue in DC: Another in the regular oversight hearings on overtime expenditures by the DC Fire & EMS Department. There were no fireworks between Chairman Phil Mendelson and Chief Dennis Rubin this time. One reason is that the chief didn’t make the hearing (which did not make the councilmember happy). Read Michael Neibauer’s article in The Examiner last week. Watch the hearing.
Town divided over possible return of firefighters involved in costly gay bashing lawsuit: The possibility of three firefighters returning to the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department after the town lost an almost $5 million lawsuit by a gay couple who lived next door to Engine Co. 2/ Rescue Co. 1 has brought mixed reaction. The trio resigned after the couple won the suit and are now looking to be reinstated. Read the details.
They blew the #@!* out of the package: That was the case on November 6 in Longview, Washington. A bomb squad disrupted a suspicious package outside City Hall only to find it was full of feces. Now, officials say a retired firefighter left it and tried to blame it on another firefighter. Here are the details.
Firefighters save only ashes and a woman thinks they are heroes: In Albury, Australia a burning restaurant was pretty much a total loss. But it wasn’t quite at that point when the decision was made to send two firefighters in to make a recovery while the fire burned above. All the firefighters returned with were ashes and to a restaurant worker that was just perfect. Click here for the answer to this riddle.
Everyone wants to be a fire dispatcher: In Lockport, New York, both the police department and the Niagara County sheriff are eager to take over dispatching duties for the fire department. It is part of an effort to free up a firefighter each shift. Click here for the story.
Station 54 where are you?: Actually it should be where is the crew? A shake-up at the Houston fire station at the center of the scandal that helped push Phil Boriskie out of the chief’s office and back into a fire station. Read more.
Firefighter recovering from dog bites following river rescue: LAFD mounted a significant effort from the air and ground to save a dog floating down the Los Angeles River. It took a firefighter dropping from a chopper to save the dog. In the process, Joe St. Georges received some significant punctures on his arm and hand. Read our coverage here and click here for interviews with the firefighter.
Take the bus, but don’t leave the driving to him: There was a major rescue effort in the Nova Scotia River Saturday night after an Acadian Lines bus fell off a bridge in whiteout conditions. The most experienced person involved in this type of rescue operation was likely the bus driver. Driver Ken Mitchell was at the wheel of another Acadian Lines bus that skidded off a bridge into the Baddeck River last February. Read and watch the story.