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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/14

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On 1/14/1879 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter was killed when he was caught under a collapsing wall while operating at a fire. On 1/14/1880 six firefighters were injured in a three-story frame building fire in Brooklyn, New York. On 1/14/1884 a Cleveland, Ohio firefighter “died as a result of complications and pneumonia that set […]
Karl Thompson

ONE FIREFIGHTER UNACCOUNTED FOR AT ST. LOUIS ROOF COLLAPSE

1 week 3 days ago
By Joe Millitzer, Fox2: Firefighters have located a first responder who went missing after a roof collapse during a house fire. The vacant building is located in the 5900 block of Cote Brilliante. They are now working to remove the firefighter from the building. The firefighter’s condition is not known at this time. First responders […]
Rick Markley

TWO FFs INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – PENNSYLVANIA

1 week 3 days ago
OLD FORGE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Crews worked for more than one and half hours to put out a fire that ravaged an apartment building in Old Forge. The fire broke out at a home on the 110 block of Oak Street in Old Forge around 5:30 Wednesday night. Crews blocked off Oak Street while they […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/13

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On 1/12/1908 the Rhodes Opera House in Boyertown, Pennsylvania fire killed 171 including a firefighter during a church-sponsored play in the 2nd-floor auditorium when a kerosene lamp was knocked over and extended to a stereoscopic machine fueled by gasoline. Actors hearing the commotion lifted the curtain to investigate and the heavy pole at the bottom […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/12

1 week 4 days ago
On 1/12/1951 four Chicago, Illinois firefighters were “fatally injured in an explosion and subsequent structural collapse while fighting a fire in a four-story office and warehouse building at 320 North LaSalle Street. Seven other firefighters and two civilians were injured by the blast. The fire began in the lower levels of the 75-year-old building, before […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/11

1 week 5 days ago
On 1/11/1988 a five-alarm building fire involving several first-floor rooms trapped occupants on the floors above the fire around 8:19 p.m. on East 50th Street, Manhattan, New York. The fire killed four residents, injured nine, and resulted in 70 people being rescued. Additionally, thirteen firefighters were injured in the 115’ X 100’ ten-story fire-resistive high-rise […]
Karl Thompson

NH: 1 FIREFIGHTER MAYDAY, 2 MINOR BURNS AT 5-ALARM FIRE

1 week 6 days ago
By Kristopher Radder and Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer: Several fire departments from Cheshire County in New Hampshire and Windham County in Vermont responded to a five-alarm fire at 151 Main St. late Saturday night. Witnesses said they saw heavy smoke pour out of the building housing Cobblestone Ale House. Keene Fire Chief Mark Howard said […]
Rick Markley

NY FIREFIGHTER BREAKS LEG AT HOUSE FIRE

1 week 6 days ago
By Rylee Kirk, Syracuse.com: A firefighter is in the hospital after a house fire Saturday night, according to the Otisco fire department. The firefighter broke his right leg, Otisco Fire Chief Tyler Harty said. The firefighter had surgery this morning and is “good, stable condition and good spirits,” Harty said. The fire, originally reported as […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/10

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On 1/10/1883 the Newhall House fire claimed the lives of seventy-one of the 300 residences in the six-story wood-frame Milwaukee, Wisconsin hotel around 4:00 a.m. The original home of the Milwaukee Chess Club the building was located on the northwest corner of Main (now Broadway) and Michigan Streets. The six-story Newhall House was constructed by […]
Karl Thompson

DRIVER DIES AFTER STRIKING FIRE APPARATUS BLOCKING ON FREEWAY

2 weeks ago
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. – A person has died after crashing into a parked fire truck in Highland Park, according to police. Officials say that at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, a person driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Davison Freeway lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the rear end of a fire truck that was parked near Oakland […]
Brian Kazmierzak

WOMAN RESCUED, TWO FFs INJURED IN FIVE-ALARM BLAZE – NEW HAMPSHIRE

2 weeks ago
KEENE, N.H. (WHDH) – One woman had to be rescued and two firefighters were injured after a 5-alarm blaze broke out at a building in Keene, New Hampshire overnight. Firefighters responding to a reported fire on Main Street around 10 p.m. Saturday found massive flames shooting out of the two-story building that houses three store […]
Joe Knitter

LA COUNTY FIRE TRUCKS TRANSPORTING PATIENTS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SURGE

2 weeks ago
Los Angeles County firefighters are transporting patients to hospitals in their trucks rather than ambulances, an unprecedented move required because of surging coronavirus cases within the county Fire Department and among paramedic companies. That’s according to acting Assistant Chief Brian Bennett, who said during a recent report to the Carson City Council that 450 Los […]
Joe Knitter

FF INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – VIRGINIA

2 weeks ago
SALEM, Va. (WSET) — A Roanoke County home caught fire Saturday evening. Firefighters responded to the 3400 block of Locust Grove Lane at around 5:15 p.m. Upon arrival, crews found smoke and fire from a one-story, brick-sided home. The house was occupied by one wheelchair-bound adult at the time of the fire. That occupant had self-evacuated […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/9

2 weeks ago
On 1/9/1912 the Equitable Building at 120 Broadway New York, New York was destroyed by a fire that claims the lives of a firefighter and six persons, slowing the business of the Stock Exchange and several banking houses. However, the contents of the huge vaults were not significantly damaged. The fire started in the rear […]
Karl Thompson

TWO WISC LODD FIREFIGHTERS IDENTIFIED

2 weeks 1 day ago
By Caroline Bach, WKOW: Authorities released the names of two Mineral Point firefighters who died while responding to a crash Thursday on US 151. Iowa County Sheriff Steven Michek and Chief Deputy Austin Durst identified them as Fire Captain Brian Busch, 43, and Firefighter James Ludlum, 69. According to a press release, Busch was driving the fire […]
Rick Markley

TEXAS: MAN DIES AFTER CRASHING INTO FIRE STATION

2 weeks 1 day ago
By Fox 4 The man who crashed a truck into the side of a fire station in Hurst died from his injuries. The accident happened Tuesday morning near the intersection of Precinct Line Road and Cannon Drive. Hurst police said the driver of a utility truck suffered a medical emergency and crashed into the side […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/8

2 weeks 1 day ago
On 1/8/1901 twenty-seven children and three adults were killed, and twelve others were injured at the Corn Hill Orphanage in Rochester, New York. The fire was discovered at 1:10 a.m. and caused by a natural gas explosion in the boiler room in the west wing. On a bitterly cold night, the 109 children had all […]
Karl Thompson

CITY MANAGER PITCHES PLAN TO CUT ENGINE – NEW YORK

2 weeks 1 day ago
Newburgh leaders have found themselves in another battle with firefighters regarding staffing and skyrocketing overtime costs in the city. This time, they are not at odds over any potential staff cuts like they were in 2019, but how to use staff the fire department is currently working with. At Thursday’s city council meeting, City Manager Todd Venning […]
Joe Knitter
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