Hot Shots 5/12

HOBOKEN, NJ, FEB. 19, 2012 – A five-alarm fire in Hoboken burned as a five-alarm fire was burning in neighboring Jersey City. On arrival, heavy smoke was visible from a ground-floor grocery store in a five-story occupied frame multiple dwelling. A second alarm was sounded, bringing covering Hoboken units back from Jersey City. Engines and trucks aggressively opened up and ran lines to several floors to try to get ahead of the flames, but the fire spread through the voids in the building. Additional alarms were transmitted, bringing an unusual response that included two engines, a truck and a battalion from both Newark and Elizabeth. Members were withdrawn as fire took possession of the top floor and cockloft. Operations went defensive with ladder pipes from both Hoboken trucks and a master stream from the Elizabeth tower. Photo by Bill Tompkins/


DETROIT, MI, MARCH 28, 2012 – Companies from the 5th Battalion responded to the area of on the report of a commercial building fire. Chief 5 arriving on the scene reported a two- to three-story, 150-by-100-foot vacant commercial building going throughout. A second alarm was requested, along with hazmat for possible chemicals inside the building. Numerous fire companies worked for more than two hours to bring the fire under control. Several companies remained on the scene throughout the day controlling hot spots. Photo by Jason Frattini


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. It was determined to let the house burn and protect the exposures. Police officers protected firefighters as they kept the fire from extending to nearby exposures. The fire was extinguished in 2½ hours. Photo by Mike Meadows


FALL RIVER, MA, JAN. 13, 2012 – An apparent arson fire sparked a four-alarm blaze fanned by 35-mph winds that caused extension into two exposures that sustained heavy damage. The building of origin was fully involved on arrival and was destroyed. Photo by Kenneth Leger