Thursday evening (2/4/16), Hagerstown City (MD) fire crews were busy fighting a house fire on Day Road when another structure fire box was toned out on W. Washington St.  First arriving units, many of which were on mutual aid transfer to stations in the city reported a fire showing through the roof of a three-story apartment building.  Heavy fire was extending into the cockloft of the structure.  Crews confirmed reported entrapment and performed rescues of the occupants.  A 2nd alarm was sounded bringing in more mutual aid to the city.

Crews from Longmeadow Co. 27, Williamsport Co. 2, Maugansville, Waynesboro, PA, Funkstown, Hagerstown, Washington County Special Operations, Rehab 255 & Air Unit 25, Greencastle, PA, Halfway, Community Rescue Service 75, and more worked the job for over three hours performing extensive overhaul.

This was the first working structure fire for the new Engine 2-1 of the Williamsport, MD fire department.

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Trevor James

firefighter on ladder tip doing overhaul

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firefighter on ladder tip doing overhaul

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firefighter descends aerial ladder at night

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fire truck at night fire scene

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fireman on aerial ladder turntable

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fire truck at night fire scene

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firefighter carrying a fan

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fire trucks at night fire scene

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low angle of fire truck at night fire scene

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night fire scene on blackened white

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The Chicago Heights Fire Department (IL) had a MABAS Box Alarm on Saturday morning (2/6) for a fire in a Walmart that is under construction at 21000 S. Western Avenue.  As far as I could tell, it was probably construction materials on the interior and did not involve the structure.  There were two aerials up and ready but no water was used on the roof.  I was not allowed to get any closer than the construction fence so the images you see here were taken from a distance.  Was able to at least shoot a few rigs.

Eric Haak

Flossmoor Sutphen tower ladder at fire scene

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Mates fire truck at fire scene

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Chicago Heights FD fire truck HME

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Chicago Heights FD fire truck

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A 25 yr. old woman suffered multiple traumatic injuries from a single-car crash in the 1000 block of Industrial Road north of Walterboro (SC) Friday evening 05-February. Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was notified of the accident at 23:10 after a witness advised 9-1-1 a car had left the roadway and struck a tree.

Engine 19 and Medic 19, stationed two blocks away, arrived two minutes later to find a 2016 Nissan with massive damage and in several pieces on an embankment. Firefighter-Paramedics found the driver still alive and trapped in the wreckage. They requested a heavy rescue, then placed a medical helicopter on standby. Crews began treating the woman and started the extrication with Holmatro Rescue Tools carried on Engine 19. Treatment included spinal immobilization and multiple IVs.

After Rescue 1 arrived, additional hydraulic rescue tools were deployed to displace the dash. Engine 19’s personnel had already removed the remainder of the driver’s side of the car and the roof. The rear of the car was separated and a portion of the roof had been sheared off. The car had been traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, drove up an embankment, and struck a driveway. The car became airborne, clearing the driveway, then struck five trees, uprooting one small oak.  The extrication took approximately 20 minutes.

Once freed, the patient was rapidly transported by Medic 19 to the helipad at Colleton Medical Center to meet with LifeNet 4 stationed there. The patient was flown to the trauma center at MUSC in Charleston. The Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene and SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 19, Medic 19, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

firefighters work to free the driver from a 2016 Nissan destroyed in crash

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firefighters work to free the driver from a 2016 Nissan destroyed in crash

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firefighters work to free the driver from a 2016 Nissan destroyed in crash

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firefighters work to free the driver from a 2016 Nissan destroyed in crash

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LifeNet 4 medical helicopter no South Carolina

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2016 Nissan destroyed in crash

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LOGAN CIRCLE AREA BLAZE

February 3, 2016: Story by Vito Maggiolo

Heavy fire and water supply issues were challenges overcome by firefighters battling a Logan Circle neighborhood blaze on Wednesday night, February 3rd.

The fire took place around 9:30 PM at the Claridge House Apartments, 1221 M Street NW, a seven story occupied building that has been the scene of a number of fires over the years.

Flames had possession of a fifth floor apartment when the box assignment arrived. Problems with the standpipe resulted in low water pressure in the first attack line. Secondary lines were dropped out of windows from the fire floor to bypass the failed standpipe, while another line stretched from a different riser, and the blaze was knocked down.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. Several civilians were also treated at the scene. All searches proved negative.

Video by DC Fire and EMS PIO Tim Wilson

Around 8:30 AM on Wednesday, February 3, Monroe County (PA) 9-1-1 dispatched units to the Blakeslee Inn & Restaurant on Route 940 in Tobyhanna Township for a commercial fire alarm.  Soon after, reports of a structure fire began to come in.

Crews arrived to find a working fire in a large motel with restaurants inside. Extra assistance was immediately requested.  Firefighters throughout Monroe County were brought in as well as crews from Carbon, Luzerne, and Lackawanna Counties.

Tobyhanna Township Ladder 2 was on the scene in the front of the building using an elevated master stream while Lake Harmony Ladder 17 was set up in the rear. Tobyhanna Township Rescue 3 was the primary engine on the “C” side of the building pulling a draft from two portable ponds.  Albrightsville Rescue 1651 was the primary engine supplying Ladder 2 while a White Haven engine was also drafting out of ponds in the front of the building and supplied an elevated master stream by Freeland Ladder 136 who was on the “A” side.

At the height of the fire, crews were hampered by strong winds and torrential downpours.  A tanker task force was requested out of Luzerne County, and before 1:00 PM, the fire was brought under control. The equivalent of 6 or 7 alarms were called including 25 tankers.

JC Kriesher

Pierce fire truck at fire scene

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Pierce fire truck at fire scene

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Pierce fire truck at fire scene

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Photos from Jeff Rudolph from a 2-11 Alarm fire at 3234 N. Central Avenue in Chicago on January 13, 2016

Chicago FD Squad 2A

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fireman covered with ice

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fireman covered with ice

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fire department dog in truck

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Chciago FD Tower Ladder 14

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Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23

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fire chief dressed for frigid weather

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During a trip to the city of Detroit in September, we attended this job in an occupied apartment building at Dragoon & Regular. It seemed like a typical quick knock down offensive attack, but a few minutes after we arrived the smoke pushing from the 2nd floor became quite heavy, and the fire was soon through the roof. Conditions were tough as it had been a very hot day and the humidity was extremely high and all the smoke just hung at street level. I got some images of the truck company leaving the roof as the fire was venting right on their heels. Judging by the graffitti on the walls of the building this was probably some sort of gang related arson. At any rate the members took quite a beating on this one. In the video and photos you can see a PPV fan operating at what appears to be the high point of the fire. I believe this unit was used on the other side of the intact firewall in an attempt to keep the smoke and heat from the uninvolved structures. At first it seemed kind of crazy to me but perhaps it had a good effect … may have made conditions more tenable in that exposure.

Steve Redick

heavy smoke from a two-story building

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heavy smoke from a two-story building

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firefighters at aerial ladder turntable

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heavy smoke from a two-story building

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heavy smoke from a two-story building

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fireman climbs down aerial with saw

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silhouette of fireman climbing down aerial with saw

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silhouette of fireman on aerial ladder

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heavy smoke from a two-story building

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flames through the roof of a two-story building

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flames through the roof of a two-story building

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All the images can be seen here