Hot Shots 9/12

LIDO BEACH, NY, JULY 20, 2012 – The Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department responded to a working house fire. Lines were advanced into the house as firefighters searched for any trapped victims. Point Lookout-Lido Tower Ladder 254 used its Stang nozzle to put fire out on the second floor. Mutual aid from Freeport, Island Park and Long Beach was used. Photo by Bill Bennett


PHILADELPHIA, PA, JULY 10, 2012 – Engine 29 reported a vacant, three-story factory that was fully involved in fire. Battalion Chief 4 requested a second alarm upon arrival. Five engines, two ladders and four battalion chiefs responded. The elevated railway that ran in front of the fire buildings was ordered shut down. Battalion 4, reporting heavy fire throughout with exposure problems, requested a third alarm and special called an additional ladder. Deputy 1 requested a fourth alarm plus an additional ladder and squirt. The fire destroyed three vacant commercial buildings and damaged several others and created a severe flying ember condition. The fire was under control in a few hours, but smoldered for a long time and required additional responses days later. One firefighter was transported to the hospital in serious condition after a fall. Photo by Frank J. Wesnoski


FORT WORTH, TX, July 7, 2012 – Fort Worth firefighters battled an early-morning commercial fire. Upon arrival, Engine 37 found a large, two-story warehouse/office structure fully involved with fire. A defensive stand was taken and two extra engines were needed. The building was a total loss and several service vehicles and forklifts were damaged or destroyed. Early estimates put damage to contents at more than $500,000. Photo by Glen E. Ellman


RANDALLSTOWN, MD, JULY 15, 2012 – Two apartment buildings were heavily damaged by an early-morning fire. Baltimore County Fire Department Engine and Truck 18 (the Randallstown career station) were the first units on the scene and reported heavy fire showing. As the fire grew in intensity, a second alarm was requested. Baltimore County fire investigators were seeking the cause and origin. No injuries were reported, but the American Red Cross was called to assist several dozen people who were displaced. Photo by Michael Schwartzberg