Hot Shots 3/14

LOS ANGELES, CA, JAN. 24, 2014 – First-in units from Station 91 responded to a structure fire in Pacoima involving a large garage located at a golf course. The garage was loaded with golf carts. The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes.

Photo by Jeff Zimmerman


BERWYN, IL, JAN. 16, 2014 – Two Berwyn ladder pipes and an Oak Park tower ladder operate at an early-morning, two-alarm structure fire while it was snowing and the temperature was in the single digits. Arcing wires in the rear of the fire building made access difficult for firefighters. Units opened the walls in the exposures to prevent fire spread. Seven neighboring departments responded to the fire, which destroyed the original fire building.

Photo by Steve Redick


HOUSTON, TX, JAN. 18, 2014 – The Houston Fire Department’s first official 2-11 call for 2014 went out for a fast-spreading apartment fire in the busiest district for multiples in the city, District 28. The photo shows the fire at its height spreading through a common attic, but firefighters quickly contained the blaze to an area over about 10 apartment. Dozens of residents were evacuated by a police unit that was on scene moments before fire companies arrived.

Photo by Tom McDonald


GLENDORA, CA, JAN. 16, 2014 – Very dry and windy conditions sparked a destructive wildfire in steep terrain that took an extended time to extinguish. Fuel moistures were critically low. In three hours, the fire consumed 1,800 acres, a very fast rate of spread for that time of year. Numerous aircraft and helicopters were needed to control the fire. The area had not had a significant burn since the 1970s. Three men were arrested for starting a campfire that got out of control.

Photo by Jeff Zimmerman