Hot Shots 8/14

LAWRENCE, MA, JUNE 8, 2014 – Fire involved an unoccupied three-decker in South Lawrence. First-arriving companies found fire on all floors. Firefighters had difficulty with overhead wires, which impeded ladder placement. The fire went to three alarms and was fought by all seven on-duty Lawrence companies plus two engines and a ladder from mutual aid departments. Photo by Jim Regan


SPRINGFIELD, MA, JUNE 13, 2014 – A mid-afternoon fire in the South End of the city destroyed a building and left 14 residents homeless. The American Red Cross was called in to assist them. There were no known injuries to any occupants. Investigators believe the fire started in a second-floor bedroom in the rear, but the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The second floor was gutted and flames extended into the third floor, causing a large portion of the roof to collapse. The building was a total loss. Photo by Dennis Leger


DETROIT, MI, JUNE 1, 2014 – Firefighters from the 6th Battalion on the city’s East side arrived on scene to find a vacant dwelling with fire burning throughout and extending to an occupied dwelling. Three engines and a truck were used. Photo by Scott LaPrade/


ALTA SIERRA, KERN COUNTY, CA, JUNE 13, 2014 – Kern County and the Sequoia National Forest firefighters responded to several reports of a wildfire. Upon arrival, at least two acres were burning and homes were threatened. The fire rapidly grew to nearly 2,000 acres with extreme fire activity. The fire consumed timber and threatened homes in several rural housing tracts. Conditions produced 100-foot flame lengths that were sweeping across the forest. Only minor injuries were reported and several housing tracts had voluntary evacuations. New jet-powered fixed-wing aircraft worked the fire with much larger payloads. Photo by Jeff Zimmerman