I was one of two photographers requested by the Hartford, Ct. FD to take pictures of the funeral of Firefighter Kevin Bell who died while operating at a 2nd alarm fire at 598 Blue Hills Ave. on 10/7/14. While these pictures are not of the fire they are the reality of what can and does happen to members while operating at fires. It was an honor to take the pictures while at the same time it is an uncomfortable experience.
Buffalo (NY) firefighters responded in the late afternoon of October 25, 2014 to the intersection of Walden Avenue and Genesee Street after Fire Alarm received several calls reporting a structure fire. Arriving crews reported heavy fire from a two and one half story wood frame at 5 Walden Avenue. An extra two engines and one ladder were called for, followed shortly by the balance of the second alarm. High winds helped spread the blaze to adjoining structures at 1 and 3 Walden Avenue. Firefighters fought the fire defensively using three tower ladders, three Blitz Fire nozzles, and four 2 1/2″ handlines. An excavator was brought to assist in overhaul. Damage was set at $250,000. The cause is under investigation.
Shortly before 9:00 on Saturday (10/25) morning, Chicago Tower Ladder 14 was on Chicago Avenue and radioed that they had smoke in the area and asked if anyone had reported a fire. They stated that it looked like it could be an auto or a garage fire and that they were trying to track it down. They quickly came back to report that they had a building fire on Karlov. I arrived just after first companies. Turned out they had a pretty good worker in the rear of an occupied 2-flat. The residents were not home at the time.
Incident # 14-06216 – At 20:30, a Ruffin (SC) man narrowly escaped his burning home Wednesday evening 22-October after he was awakened by the heat and smoke inside his residence. He attempted to extinguish the fire which he stated was above the stove before he was driven from the home. The man ran to a neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1. The caller advised she could see flames through the woods at 1627 Deliverance Road.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Engine 18 arrived minutes later to find the cinderblock single-family dwelling over 50% involved. Firefighters used a deck gun in an attempt to stop the flames before deploying multiple handlines. The fire quickly spread to the remaining structure. Crews worked for thirty five minutes to bring the fire under control, but were on the scene for three and half hours. The house was destroyed. A tender shuttle was established to supply water for the firefighting effort. No injuries were reported in the incident. The Charleston Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the man who lost most of his belongings in the fire.
Engine 10, Engine 15, Engine 18, Engine 31, Tender 4, Tender 7, Tender 15, Tender 18, Tender 26, Medic 18, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.
Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue