Around 5:30pm, firefighters were called to this Henchman Terrace house for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, the 3rd floor was fully involved. A 2nd then a quick 3rd alarm were transmitted.
Interior crews had to back out and go to exterior operations as conditions deteriorated and the fire tore through the roof.
Besides the house being at the end of a deadend street, frozen hydrants, ice and several feet of snow hampered firefighting efforts.
The fire was declared under control about 2 hours after the initial alarm.
North Attleborough, MA aka North Attleboro, MA
North Attleborough firefighters were busy battling a 3 alarm fire at a historic home on South Washington Street today.
Fire Chief Peter Lamb collapsed on scene and was transported to the hospital.
This report says the the Fire Chief was hospitalized for a flu virus or stomach bug.
Chief Pete Lamb also has a web site at petelamb.com. It hasn’t been updated for a while though.
Chief Lamb was recently in the news after he got a bad midyear review by a fire commissioner. Apparently, Chief Lamb did not inform town officials that he planned on running for the board of selectmen. Read that story here.
Fire Chief Peter Lamb is steamed over a midyear review in which a fire commissioner deducted points for the chief’s failure to inform town officials he planned to run for the board of selectmen.
Firefighters responded to the home, located at 168 South Washington St., at around 2:45 p.m. to find heavy smoke in the basement and the first floor. It is not clear whether anyone was home when the fire occurred.
Smoke continued to billow from the house as firefighters were given an evacuation order at around 3:30 p.m. Firefighters chopped holes in the roof to vent the smoke as they continued to fight the blaze.
A ruptured (and burning) gas line hampered firefighters while battling a 3 alarm fire in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. The fire would end up injuring 4 firefighters. One of the tenants in the house is a local paid on call firefighter. The fire was at 12 Hazel St. in Uxbridge.
The news links are below followed by a decent video of the blaze from ProvidenceFireVideos.com.
Have you ever wondered about the victims of incidents you run. I admit that occasionally I am interested in the outcome if we run something interesting.
What about the people whose houses burn?
I posted on the triple decker fire in Woonsocket, RI fire the other day. You can view that post here as well as an additional video below.
One of the tenants in the building on fire also runs a blog titled “Sheepless in Rhode Island“. The woman says that her and her husband were able to make it out of the house with the clothes on their backs and the computer tower. They are unsure if their two cats survived.
I just thought it was kind of interesting seeing the flip side of things. As a firefighter, I am glad to hear that they got out safe and I hope they might not have lost everything.
Today, Woonsocket Firefighters battled a 3 alarm fire through the roof in a triple decker with extension into one of the exposures.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Firefighters are tackling a three-alarm blaze in a triple-decker house at 97 Rebekah St.
Flames still engulfed the structure at 12:45 p.m. The alarm was turned in around 12:15 p.m.
Update: Here are some links to the story…
Children Escape Brooklyn House Fire By Jumping From Window
Boy hurt jumping from window; 15 displaced by fire
Thanks to Backstep Firefighter for the links!
I just watched a video and I will share it below. The house is small, yet the amount of firefighters on scene is a lot. It is in New York. In order to get that many firefighters on scene, MY city would be looking at close to 3/4 of our resources. Plus there is a platform AND a stick in the air. That takes some keen apparatus placement.
The description states that it went to a 2nd alarm and quickly to a 3rd alarm. Again, as I look at the house I think that it just so small…sure there is an exposure about a foot away, but it is brick.
Then the camera man pans out to the exposure. Not only is it brick, but it has several windows on the side the house is. Oh, and the exposure is about 6 stories high and a block or two long. Then it puts everything into perspective!
Much of a Carmel strip mall was reduced to ash and cinders after fire ripped through the building early Thursday, ravaging two eateries and a wine shop.
Carmel firefighters received the initial call about smoke and haze in the Dunkin’ Donuts, 1300 block of South Rangeline Road, about 2:20 a.m. but were unable to find the cause after about an hour of searching the roof and ceiling with a thermal imaging camera, said department spokesman Bruce Knott.
Chalking it up to issues with the store’s heating and cooling system, firefighters left, only to return about an hour later as the roof erupted into flames. The three employees inside at the time of the fire managed to escape without injury.
Springfield, NJ firefighters battle a 3 alarm fire in this apartment complex in September. The video states the fire was in the cockloft. Unfortunately, the firefighters are unable to suppress the seat of the fire and end up going defensive.
We can’t win them all.
Check out this 3rd alarm fire in Allentown, PA. The fire shows that there is plenty of roof work for everyone before they had to back off to an adjacent roof and move to a defensive attack. It is hard to tell what is going on inside or on the ground because the video doesn’t show it. However, by all accounts these guys should be content with the work of the day. After all, there was plenty of it!
San Francisco firefighters found themselves battling two mutli-alarm fires today. One involving four apartment buildings in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and another involving several warehouses in the Bayview District. The Bayview fire went to four alarms while the Haight-Ashbury fire went to three alarms.
Needless to say, SF firefighters were very busy.