FIre Scene photos

3/11/19 – On the way back home from a fire on Mansfield, Central office put a Box Alarm out for 17th Ave X Buchanan. We were only about a mile away from it on I-96. We arrived before any of the first-due companies and starting shooting pictures. Engine 39 arrived and stretched. The crew attempted to make a push in the front door but Chief 5 pulled them out almost immediately due to the amount of fire venting from the roof. They took a defensive posture and put Ladder 7 to work. The home was occupied and DEMS transported the homeowner to the ER. I believe DFD was back twice after we left for rekindles which we did not make it too, but the last one was going throughout and had collapsed. 

Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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Detroit FD Engine 39
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Detroit Firefighters battle dwelling fire at night
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heavy smoke from attic during house fire
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Detroit FD Ladder 7 at work
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Detroit FD Ladder 7
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The other job that we took in was at Lawton X Calvert on 3/10/19. Again Engine 39 stretched and had a very quick knock on a small fire in the basement.

smoke from vacant Detoirt house
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smoke from vacant Detoirt house
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Detroit FD Ladder 17
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hose in street at Detroit fire scene
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Detroit FD Engine 39
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Kitchener Ontario fire dispatch received a call for a basement fire at 603 Mill Park Drive at 1:40 February 15, 2019. P6, P1, A1, R1, and Car 23 were dispatched to the call. P6 arrived on scene and reported they had smoke showing and a 360 showed they had a fire in the basement. Command reported all five students in the basement were out of the house and that the owner of the house was out of town.

Station 7 was added to the call, they were running in the tanker for the shift. Multiple lines were pulled into the building. Crews encountered a very cluttered house, full of furniture on every floor and even the garage was full of furniture which prevented access as it was so full. There were three pianos in the bedrooms on the second floor and an organ in the living room which was not accessible due to all of the furniture.

Firefighters were pulled from the basement due to untenable conditions, and the first floor became well involved minutes later. It was not long before the entire building was alight. Two hydrants were picked up to feed the pumper and aerial. Small and large lines as well as an aerial master stream were used to fight the fire.

house engulfed in fire in Kitchener ON
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Due to the tremendous amount of furniture in the house, it took hours to knock the bulk of the fire down. The day shift replaced the tired crews, and worked till 12:30 to fully extinguish all the spot fires. Due to the severe damage in the house, all overhaul had to be done from outside. Crews even pulled a cellar piercing applicator to use on hot spots. That is the first time I have seen this tool used in 31 years on the canteen. Damage has been set at $800,000, cause has not been determined yet. Box 690 provided breakfast and lunch at the fire. Photos and videos shot 35 minutes into the fire. 

house engulfed in fire in Kitchener ON
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Gary Dinkel, Box 690

A major fire destroyed four homes and a popular sandwich shop on Center Street in Ashland, PA early Sunday morning (3/24/19).  The first alarm rang out shortly after 3:30 AM and was upgraded to a third alarm within four minutes.  Firefighters from three counties responded on the alarms as well as a group of tankers to supplement the municipal water supply.  

A major 3-Alarm fire destroyed four homes and a popular sandwich shop in Ashland PA
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A major 3-Alarm fire destroyed four homes and a popular sandwich shop in Ashland PA
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A major 3-Alarm fire destroyed four homes and a popular sandwich shop in Ashland PA
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A major 3-Alarm fire destroyed four homes and a popular sandwich shop in Ashland PA
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Firefighters enter building with massive flames
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A major 3-Alarm fire destroyed four homes and a popular sandwich shop in Ashland PA
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A major 3-Alarm fire destroyed four homes and a popular sandwich shop in Ashland PA
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During a last minute trip up to Detroit recently, we made it to a few jobs. Started the trip off by chasing a header on the westside to find an auto going in a vacant lot. After calling 911 and being on hold for some minutes, we finally got a call taker who then dispatched E42. This was at Monica X Westfield on 3/9. 

car fully engulfed by fire
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minivan engulfed in fire
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Firefighter prepares to extinguish a minivan destroyed by fire
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Firefighter prepares to extinguish a minivan engulfed in fire
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The city had been buffeted by sustained high winds for a full day at the time of this job, and still high wind gusts throughout the event as well as miserably cold conditions. Two buildings were involved with some minor communication to a 3rd larger building. I believe the original fire building may have been a pizza joint. Rumor had it that high winds caused arcing power lines which ignited the siding, though I’m not sure how accurate this is. The streets in this area were raised so from street level they appear to be single-story buildings but in the rear they are two stories, a unique situation in this area. All the photos and video can be seen here:
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Chicago FD Truck 17 working at a fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A working at a fire
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Firefighters operate hose line at smokey fire scene
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A working at a fire
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heavy smoke from commercial building fire
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This bunch of photos is from a fire in the 4th Battalion @ Mansfield X Kendall on 3/11/19 in Detroit. Crews had a tough time bringing the fire under control at this one. Big joint, about 50’x75′ with a gambrel roof.

Detroit firefighter with hose line at fire scene
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flames blowing out of window at night
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Detroit firefighter with hose line at fire scene
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Detroit fire trucks at fire scene
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Detroit FD Ladder 25 at a fire scene
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Detroit FD Ladder 25 at a fire scene
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Detroit Firefighter on roof of house fire
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Detroit firefighter with hose line at fire scene
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