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    Default Pittsburgh FD Tragedy

    Fire, Collapse Leaves At Least One Pittsburgh Firefighter Dead
    More Than Two Dozen Firefighters Injured

    FIREHOUSE.COM NEWS
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    A church fire in the Hill District of Pittsburgh Saturday has taken the life of one city firefighter and left another gravely injured, officials said.

    In addition, at least 26 firefighters were transported to area hospitals with injuries. City officials told the Associated Press that five of those injuries were listed as serious or critical.

    The early morning fire was thought to have begun in the basement when church members heard an explosion. All members left the church safely but it was reported that five firefighters were injured in what was described as a "flashover" early in the battle when they entered the chuch.

    It was the collapse of the steeple/bell tower at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Wylie Avenue that was the cause of at least one death and the injury of at last 22 others.

    Sources said specialized Urban Search and Rescue crews were called to the scene to assist in the search for some of the victims. The fire broke out at about 9 a.m. and crews were still operating at close to 5 p.m.

    The fire went to at least four alarms and was not contained until mid afternoon. The names of the dead and injured have not been released.

    Firehouse.com will have more details on this incident as it becomes available.



    Rest in Peace, brother. We're behind all of you.........


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    God bless our brothers.
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    My condolences to all involved.

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    Here's another update........

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    Flare Up, Collapse at Church Blaze Kills Two Pittsburgh Firefighters, Injures 29
    At Least Five Bravest in Critical or Serious Condition

    JOE MANDAK
    Associated Press Writer


    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Two firefighters were killed and 29 were injured Saturday when a church on fire collapsed as they tried to put out the flames, officials said.

    Five firefighters suffered serious or critical head and chest injuries when the roof of the Ebenezer Baptist Church collapsed Saturday morning, said city Operations Director Bob Kennedy. At least one was undergoing surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital.

    ``There's every indication that there was an electrical fire in the basement that jumped up the walls and spread rapidly,'' Kennedy said.

    Firefighters entered the building about an hour after the fire started to douse hot spots, Kennedy said.

    The fire then ``flashed over,'' engulfing the sanctuary, and the roof and steeple collapsed, trapping the firefighters, he said.

    Emergency crews located the firefighters' bodies in the rubble, Kennedy said. He did not release their identities but said one was a battalion captain.

    Firefighters at the scene removed their helmets and turned off warning lights on their vehicles in tribute as each body was removed.

    The senior pastor of the church, the Rev. J. Van Alfred Winsett, told Pittsburgh television stations that the congregation was preparing for a breakfast when the fire started.

    Firehouse.com Editor's Note: There are varying reports whether there was a separate flashover earlier in the incident, and the collapse later. It is early and reports are varying on the official cause of all the injuries and fataities. Firehouse.com will have more details on this incident as it becomes available.

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    You are home Brothers, Go easy and God Bless You...

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    On a day that was filled with so much Irish Firefighter pride in cities around the nation, heavy hearts now mourn for our brothers that have gone before as we wait anxiously for good words on there commrads.

    The following poem was written for a fallen St. Louis Fire Fighter in the 1960s. The author is unknown, but the message can be applied here.

    "When Lighting splits the heavens, and
    Mother nature shows her might,
    The city sleeps in silence.
    Its a dark and stomy night.
    The firehouse on the corner,
    the watch desk is manned,
    With apparatus Ready,
    to move upon command.
    And now the night watch comes alert,
    A call is coming in.
    Three engines are responding, out the far door end.
    The Chief strikes the box,
    The whole house comes alive.
    In an old church, its throught the roof,
    This one will go to Five!
    And as the alarms come in the houses will go.
    A second and third have been struck.
    Voice call and engines rev, as they start up the truck.
    The doors go up and the sirens scream
    as red lights pierce the rain.
    They are rolling on another call, no rest tonight again.

    Next mornig standing rol call, four fives ring out slow.
    Another Brother has transferred from this life here down below.
    All head are bowed in silence, a comrade gave his all.
    He's gone to meet his maker, he's made his final call."


    All of us in the St. Louis Metro Area will keep a good thought for pittsburg Fire and our fallen brothers.

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    It sounds like acording to the article on the front page, that the killed fire fighters were in overhaul when the bell tower came down. The large number of injured fire fighters I didn't get until I read that falling debris hit the guys on the outside. Very sad situation. We'll be talking about this for a while.

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    Rest in peace...
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    Gone But Not Forgotten

    Brother when you weep for me
    Remember that it was meant to be
    Lay me down and when you leave
    Remember I'll be at your sleeve.


    In every dark and choking hall
    I'll be there as you slowly crawl
    On every roof in driving snow
    I'll hold your coat and you will know


    In cellars hot with searing heat
    At windows where a gate you meet
    In closets where young children hide
    You know I'll be there at your side


    The house from which I now respond
    Is overstaffed with heroes gone
    Men who answered one last bell
    Did the job and did it well


    As firemen we understand
    That death's a card dealt in our hand
    A card we hope we never play
    But one we hold there anyway


    That card is something we ignore
    As we crawl across a weakened floor
    For we know that we're the only prayer
    For anyone that might be there


    So remember as you wipe your tears
    The joy I knew throughout the years
    As I did the job I loved to do
    I pray that thought will see you through.

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    Certainly, this is a reminder that we are not safe until we're back at the station... May God bless these brothers & their families.

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    On behalf of the Chiefs, Officers and members of the Central Islip Fire Department, i send our condolences to the families of our lost brothers. They have indeed made the supreme sacrafice and have gone Home. May they rest in peace for eternity, for they gave all they had to protect and serve their community. And to our brothers and sisters in Pitts., we are with you in grief and share your pain. We are with you in your time of sadness.

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    To the family of the two firefighters and the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau, Lewiston Fire Co. No. 2 sends our sincere condolences. Brothers know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Shawn M. Cecula
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    God Bless My Brothers!!! Rest in Peace

    Prayers for a speedy recovery to all of the injured. You are all in my prayers.

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    On behalf of the West Homestead V.F.D. and all member companies of the Steel Valley Firefighter's Association our sympathy goes out to the families and loved ones of our fallen brothers. Rest in peace.
    Dave Harhai
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    My and my departments condolences go out to the familys.

    It sounds like acording to the article on the front page, that the killed fire fighters were in overhaul when the bell tower came down. The large number of injured fire fighters I didn't get until I read that falling debris hit the guys on the outside. Very sad situation. We'll be talking about this for a while.
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    Prayers and thoughts are with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and to the families of the injured Firefighters and to the Firefighters killed in the line of duty.

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    To our PBF Brothers and Sisters - May God watch over you and bring you peace.

    To the families - My deepest sympathy.

    To the 29 injured - Keep up the good fight Brothers.

    To those we have lost - You shall always be held in the highest regard...rest easy Brothers.
    May we never forget our fallen, worldwide.

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    God Bless My Brothers!!! Rest in Peace

    Prayers for a speedy recovery to all of the injured. You are all in my prayers.

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    To our brother and sisters at PFD our condolences and prayers to you and your families. May god bless you. We pray for them and the other firefighters injured.

    From the City of Biddeford Maine Fire Department

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    On behalf of the North Charleston Fire Department and the Fire Service of South Carolina, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the fallen brothers.

    "Lay me down beside cool waters, and lay to rest my body sore.
    Send the word out to my brothers, the fire is down, let it burn no more."

    Go foreward brothers, onto heaven for your job here is complete.
    Go foreward brothers, rest easy and walk the gold street.

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