Hot Shots 4/12

JERSEY CITY, NJ, FEB. 19, 2012 – Nine firefighters were injured during a five-alarm fire that involved a large, two-story frame building that housed several stores on the first floor and apartments above. The fire was controlled in three hours. Photo by Bill Tompkins/

LOS ANGELES, CA, FEB. 16, 2012 – Three people were shot, two others died as a result of a shooting and a 100-year-old house was set on fire, resulting in a major-emergency-structure response. With a reported shooter at large, safety and security became the primary objective, so it was determined to let the house burn and protect the exposures. Police officers protected firefighters as the kept the fire from extending to the nearby exposures. The fire was extinguished in 2½ hours. Photo by Mike Meadows

LOS ANGELES, CA, FEB. 15, 2012 – It took 125 firefighters to extinguish a major-emergency structure fire in the Van Nuys section of the San Fernando Valley. Several master streams and ladder pipes were used to control the smoky blaze in about two hours. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Photo by Mike Meadows

 UNION CITY, NJ, JAN. 18, 2012 – An eight-alarm fire tore through a row of six attached wood-frame multiple-occupancies. The fire started in the basement and spread via the walls and into the cockloft. Mutual aid assisted from Bayonne, Harrison, Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark and Secaucus. Sixty residents were left homeless. Ten firefighters were injured in sub-freezing temperatures. Photo by Rob Knobloch