Thread: HAUNTED FIREHOUSES
01-14-2001, 07:06 PM #1Jake295885Firehouse.com Guest
How many of you have worked in a haunted firehouse? You know the ones built in the late 1800 or the early 1900's that have an old Engineman who passed away years ago and comes back to who walk the floors late at night. Wagons starting without anyone in the seat. Covers flying off of the rookies bed and down the polehole. The eerie sound of what sounds like a locomotive crossing the bedroom floor. Post your best story about any phantoms that lurk in your firehouse.
01-15-2001, 12:25 AM #2Engine58Firehouse.com Guest
We have a ghost in our Headquarters..3 years ago it burnt down and was more haunted back then than it is now, but now in our new building which is on the same location, you will hear footsteps on the 3rd floor, toilets flush by themselves...you shut the lights off upstairs go outside they are on,when your in the locker room you hear footsteps,also the bay doors go up and down by themselves once in a while. Its not as creepy as it sounds...we actually think its pretty cool...we think its one of the founding members of our squad but arent to sure...or it could be a past patient...no one knows...but whatever it is it followed us to our temporary headquarters which was in a storage warehouse..we'd hear keys jingling,foot steps would come to the door then stop..youd go and look and no one would be there...knocking on the doors....but we get used to it after a while.
South Amboy, New Jersey
EMS Cadet in NJ
"EMTS DON'T DIE THEY JUST STABILIZE"
01-18-2001, 11:28 AM #3mike021Firehouse.com Guest
Our firehouse is supposedly haunted. a guy that used to sleep there all the time says one night he found a sink turned on upstairs, heard some guys talking upstairs, and something rolling like a bowling ball. this was all confirmed by a few other guys. last weekend i was upstairs with my g/f playing pool and saw some shadows moving around in the back room, went to see who was there and saw the punching bag swinging back and forth, went downstairs right away to see who it was and noone was there, no cars or nothing. thought it was weird.
01-18-2001, 12:10 PM #4ME93Firehouse.com Guest
One of our stations used to be an old schoolhouse a long time ago. Then it was a house. A guy named "Joe" died in the house and his wife supposedly buried him in the yard behind the station. Almost every night you hear things in the middle of the night. The locker room is off of the bunkroom sometimes you'll hear someone in there and the toilet will flush. But no one will come back into the bunkroom. A couple of times I went into the bathroom and turned on the light and no one was there. A lot of things happen like bay doors open, tv turns on, coffe pot is on, etc.. One of the guys heard something outside and chased some noises around the firehouse but never found anyone.
Sometimes it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Fishers Fire Dept.
01-18-2001, 12:59 PM #5Kyle WickmanFirehouse.com Guest
Our firehouse is haunted. The building we are located in is the Hartley Dodge Memorial Buiding, built in 1930 by Mrs. Geraldine Dodge, orginally a Rockefeller. The building houses the borough offices, the police department, and the fire department. Sometimes there can be chains heard rattling in the attic above the dormitory. People have claimed they have seen a figure walking around the council chambers area of the building. One of the janitors refuses to work night shift because he claims he has seen this strange person at night. Doors can be heard closing at night were there is nobody in that section of the building. Apparatus bay doors have mysteriously been opened in the middle of the night with no explanation at all. We believe her ghost is firefighter friendly because of Mrs. Dodges great love for the Madison Fire Department.
The building can be seen at www.rosenet.org/gov/fire [/URL]
[This message has been edited by Kyle Wickman (edited 01-18-2001).]
01-18-2001, 06:21 PM #6Pastor DawnFirehouse.com Guest
I don't have any spooky stories to tell, but I remember hearing about a firehouse (maybe in Chicago ?) that has a light buld that has never gone out or needed replacing in over 100 years. Maybe someone can jog my memory ?
01-18-2001, 10:44 PM #7Scotty4035Firehouse.com Guest
Our Fire house was built in 1915 and was originally the town theater. All our guys say the building is haunted but I never really bought into that until recently. A couple of us were at the staation late watching monday night football & I went to use the mens room. As I left the office, One of the guys said "Say hello to the ghost". I replied rather loudly "There is no @##%%#$ ghost here". Right as I finished that sentence, several items in our trophy case fell to the bottom of the case. I stopped in my tracks & looked at the guys in the office & they all had the "I told you so" look on their face. Although I dont beleive in ghost at all, I am now careful not to voice my doubts at the firehouse
Roebling Volunteer Fire Co
01-19-2001, 08:21 PM #8Jake295885Firehouse.com Guest
I've noticed a-lot of folks fom Jersey but not much from any-one else. We have several tales of strange occurances in our firehouses. let us hear from the rest of you..........Jake
01-19-2001, 10:54 PM #9Sonny SampsonFirehouse.com Guest
I recently did a ride-along with Kentland 33 in PG County. The fellas there told me that the station is haunted by paid-men ghosts of the past.
At night they say you can hear whinning and crying coming from the old watch desk. Also they said you can hear loud snoring from the day room in the middle of the afternoon, near the couches that they used to lay around on all day...but nobody is ever there.
Its a spooky place...but they say the ghosts a without a doubt better than the real thing.
01-19-2001, 11:05 PM #10pokeyfd12Firehouse.com Guest
OK, I'm not from New Jersey but I'm close enough to it.
I remember reading something, maybe it was around Halloween, that declared New Jersey or areas of it one of the states with the highest documented cases of paranormal activity (words I picked up from Ghostbusters).
My firehouse has had a run of strange happenings over the years also. Many of us have actually seen a misty figure move through the rec room and out to the apparatus room. Some of the crews have seen the figure together, others have seen him when they were by themselves. The usual doors swinging, chairs moving upstairs, people walking across the floor or up and down the stairs happens occasionally.
The really scary part was when a friend of a friend stopped by the firehouse with her kids for a tour. This woman practices tarot card readings, fortune telling and the like. She had never been in the firehouse before and had never known about any of the instances in the firehouse. After the tour she asked me if the firehouse had "guest appearances" often. I thought she meant the kids and said that we often have children take tours of the place. She corrected herself and asked if we had ever seen ghosts, I said, maybe-I'm not sure. She described our misty figure from head to toe exactly as he appears and said she had seen him. Do I believe, probably not much more than I had before that day but I don't doubt anything.
Lt. Kevin C. (aka Pokey)
01-20-2001, 09:07 AM #11knobhog354Firehouse.com Guest
My volunteer firehouse is haunted. It was built in the early 1900s and one of our houseman was killed when a truck he was working on rolled over him. It was an old Ahrens Fox and he was doing some work on the pump when it began to roll and he slipped as he was trying to get down. He fell under the front wheels and was crushed. He was a big card player and the regulars used to play cards every Monday night. Well, now all of the oldtimers are gone and the firehouse has been renovated. But the lights that were in the card room (and now over the pool table) go dim inexplicably from time to time late on Monday nights. There are times when the pictures of the past Chiefs on the wall seem to be staring at you and their eyes follow you around the room. Not long ago, one of our new diesel trucks started without reason in the same bay door that the Ahrens Fox rolled over our houseman. But the spookiest thing that has happened is that some of the walls in the basement of the firehouse have moved where it was said that there were secret meetings
of some sort of voodoo cult. There are mysterious markings on the floor down there also.
01-20-2001, 09:23 AM #12RFD220Firehouse.com Guest
Although my department has no ghost stories I once was visiting a member at one of our mutual aid departments and as he gave me a tour of his station I had an eerie feeling. When I was a baby we had a ghost who lived in our two story in Queens so maybe there is a weird sense I have but as we went into the basement of his station the hair on the back of my next sttod straight up.
They used to have a two lane bowling alley in tha basement of this place and I swear I saw something crouching in the corner of one of the lanes. It was fairly dark down there and I'm sure the lighting was playing tricks on me but I never went down there again!
Jeffrey D. Grey-Captain
Roosevelt Fire District-Hyde Park,N.Y.
01-20-2001, 12:32 PM #13AdzeFirehouse.com Guest
I feel my firehouse is haunted. Back in the 80's, one of our FF's had a heart attack in the bay and died there. Also, the firehouse is built on the site of an old schoolhouse. At night, there is a very eerie feeling in the atmosphere and you almost always here noise upstairs. One day a couple of LT's were in the firehouse and heard someone upstairs. They wound up chasing the noise around the second floor and never found the cause of it.
01-20-2001, 02:02 PM #14Captain GonzoFirehouse.com Guest
A note to Sonny Sampson...
Kentland once had career members...I'm sure that they fought just as many fires then as the Kentland volunteers do now... your post was just another example of how people keep the career vs. volunteer war going.
Just my .03 worth (Captains have to pay a little more!)
Now, on the subject of haunted firehouses...
Weird things have happened at our Station 2, attributed to Carey's Ghost. FF Carey was a retired jake who always stopped by the station to chat or get a cup of coffee.
I was working an overtime tour there one night. I was in the dorm room, and could hear a set of footsteps coming up the stairs and then the steps faded out as they went down the hall to the kitchen area. I guess that Carey wanted a cup of joe!
And on the eighth day...God created Firefighters!
[This message has been edited by Captain Gonzo (edited 01-20-2001).]
01-21-2001, 12:45 AM #15Tower1LackeyFirehouse.com Guest
For years we thought that one of our houses was haunted. For no reason, the water in a bathroom sink would turn on and run like crazy until somebody got up and shut it off. We called in a bundle of specialists (what a bunch of freaks they were!) who CLOSELY analyzed the entire situation and prepared a full report. It said...
"Call a plumber...you need to have that faucet replaced. The packing is bad".
They were right. All better now!
Heh heh heh...
01-21-2001, 02:21 AM #16EngineforlifeFirehouse.com Guest
Hey Captain Gonzo
Obviously with 150 posts you have a lot of spare time not going to fires. You seem to be brave behind the computer screen to chime in about Kentland. Why don't you get some Kahona's and check the place out for yourself....get a life you wanna bee, you couldn't fight your way out of a wet paper bag with a stack tip. Those guys over there do it man..you and me both should aspire to their firefighting abilities.
01-21-2001, 06:22 AM #17Brian DunlapFirehouse.com Guest
WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG !!!!
Enough Bashing Each other ---
01-21-2001, 10:14 PM #18Engine58Firehouse.com Guest
ITS PRETTY SAD HOW EVEN THE TOPIC OF HAUNTED HOUSES GETS EVERYONE FIGHTING ABOUT VOLLY/PAID OR WHO'S BETTER OR WHO'S WORSE..THIS IS PATHETIC.....YOU GUYS COMPLAIN ABOUT THE JUNIOR FORUM ACTING IMMATURE AND STUPID..LOOK AT YOURSELVES PEOPLE!! YOU SAY HOW OH JUNIORS GOTTA SPELL BETTER AND GET SOME BETTER TOPICS CAUSE REGULAR FIREFIGHTERS WILL THINK BAD THINGS ABOUT THEM...WELL LOOK AT YOU GUYS..A SIMPLE FUN TOPIC LIKE THIS ERUPTS INTO A BATTLE...YOU GUYS HAVE JUNIORS AND EXPLORERS LOOKING UP TO YOU...THINK ABOUT THIS PEOPLE!!
South Amboy, New Jersey
EMS Cadet in NJ
"EMTS DON'T DIE THEY JUST STABILIZE"
01-22-2001, 12:45 PM #19Jake295885Firehouse.com Guest
Lets get back on the topic, Haunted firehouses....
I too have heard of the strange noises that occur inside many of our firehouses.
We have a firehouse that late at night, you can hear chains rattling at the top of the hose tower. When you turn on the light and climb the ladder to the platform at the top of the tower, nothing is there. The rumor has it that back in the 50's a probationer hung himself in the hose tower and wasn't discovered for a week.
I can't wait to get up to Kentland to see if the ghosts of paid-men past haunt the Firehouse. Can anybody tell me who to call to get hooked-up, thanks.......Jake
01-22-2001, 03:22 PM #20LFD2203Firehouse.com Guest
the oldest station in lex., ky, is haunted, according to some of the old heads, by an old capt. who died while on duty in his sleep on Christmas Eve in the 1940's. he is said to have sat in an old cane bottomed rocking chair. that chair was put in the attic of the station after his death, where it is still heard to be rocking on occasion. chief's have gotten calls from neighbors who were mad because they could see a fireman looking out of the upstairs window, but no one would answer the door. this usually happens when the engine company was out on a fire run or training. engine started by itself and backed in to the wall one night(std. trans.). some of the guys who have worked there would not even go in the house alone on payday to pick up their pay checks if the co. was out. another station was formerly a combined fire and police station for the county prior to merger. we had an ambulance stationed there, and the ambulance crew qtrs. were located on the side of the building formerly used by the fayette co. police. the room that became the dormitory was the old "drunk tank". i know a guy who swears that "luther", a drunk who died in the tank, would get up and walk around the dorm. at night. he claims to have got face to face with him as he rolled out for late night runs!
01-22-2001, 08:44 PM #21ladyfirefighterFirehouse.com Guest
Engine58 & Brian... thanks for being the voice of reason
As for haunted firehouses...
On April 18, 1924, a firefighter named Frank Leavy was washing a window at the fire station. For some reason, he paused in his work, his hand resting against the pane of glass, and he told a friend who was standing nearby that he had the strangest feeling he was going to die that day. Just then, the station received an alarm call and the fire fighters was sent to a fire that had broken out at Curran Hall, an office building in Chicago. While fighting the fire, a wall collapsed and killed eight of the firemen..... Frank Leavy was one of those killed.
The next day, one of the firemen noticed something strange about the window that Frank had been washing the day before. There seemed to be an unusual stain on the glass.... and it appeared to be the imprint of Frank's hand at the same spot where he had been leaning the day before.
They tried everything that they could, but they could find no way to erase the strange handprint. It seemed to be etched into the glass!
An expert from the Pittsburgh Plate Glass company brought a special solution to the fire house, guaranteeing that it would remove the print, but it didn't work. Over the years, there were suggestions that the pane of glass be removed, but many of the firemen argued, saying that it was not right to fool with the unknown. Besides that, it was a reminder, albeit a grim one, of their dead friend. And there was no doubt that the handprint belonged to Frank Leavy! An official from the city had come down with a fingerprint comparison and the prints matched those of Frank's. For the next twenty years, the handprint defied all explanation and was a common attraction to visitors and other firemen from around the city.
Finally, on the morning of April 18, 1944 a careless paper boy tossed the morning edition at the fire house and shattered the window where Frank's handprint had been.
It happened exactly twenty years to the date of when Frank Leavy died!
The fire station is still located at 13th and Oakley Streets in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, contact the Chicago Firefighters Assoc., 1800 South Halsted in Chicago.
Fact or fiction... you decide
Rebecca Richardson FF/EMT
Isles of Capri Fire Rescue
01-24-2001, 03:56 AM #22HAMMER14Firehouse.com Guest
Station 4 isn't it??? I could be wrong, it's been awhile. I remember the story though. Small station, 2 story, spiral staircase. Almost have to bring the mirrors in on the Engine to get it in the door. Do you work in Lexington? Let me know. I worked there for about a year.
By the way, I worked there. You do here noises.
01-25-2001, 02:17 PM #23Eng522ineFirehouse.com Guest
Jake, my congratulations on a great topic. A fire company that I used to belong to is quartered in a building built in the 1930's and it is unquestionably haunted. Odd things happen regularly such as bathroom stall doors being locked from the inside, tv and lights turning on and off, foot steps across the floor, yelling when nobody else is there, etc... A few members decided to bring in a Ouija board one night and see what they could find. It turns out that there are 2 ghosts, one is a past chief and the other is a small boy that used to live in a row of miner's houses that has long since been torn down. The chief confirmed his identity by naming other long dead members (so long dead that we had to dig back 50 years in the company's records to even find their names!). The chief generally drags chairs arround the meeting room at night and yells at members while the boy is constantly bouncing his ball on the upstairs floor. All of this only happens at night. Again, great topic choice! Be safe.
01-25-2001, 03:41 PM #24CousinVinny354Firehouse.com Guest
What firehouse is that, I'd like to check it out, I normally am not into that but what the hey?
01-25-2001, 11:02 PM #25LFD2203Firehouse.com Guest
yeah buffy, you're right about sta. 4. how's everything at the heights???
going to keep you guessing for awhile.
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