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    Unhappy First fatal of 2005

    Driver is killed in road accident

    A 31-year-old man was killed in a car crash in Northumberland.
    The accident happened around 0100 on New Years Day on Green Lane in Ashington, Northumberland. (Stations 01 & 02 Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service were called to the scene).

    A Northumbria Police spokesman said the victim, from Ashington, was driving a red Peugeot 206 when he crashed on a bend and hit a wooden fence.

    A 26-year-old passenger has been taken to Wansbeck General Hospital with head injuries but is not believed to be in a serious condition.


    The road was closed for four hours while police dealt with the accident.
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    Well that didn't take long, did it?
    The article didn't say so I'll ask...was the driver DUI/DWI/ah heck...drunk?

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    January 1, 2005 -- Fires in the opening hours of 2005 claimed the lives of five people yesterday, four Haitian immigrants in Brooklyn and a doctor who died jumping to escape flames in Queens. The Crown Heights blaze that killed two children and two adults was declared suspicious. Authorities said a gasoline can was found at the scene, a sixth-floor apartment at 901 Washington Ave. occupied by eight people. In the Queens fire, Dr. John Fotiades, 40, suffered fatal head injuries when a fire on the second floor of his three-story house forced him to jump from his third-floor window, authorities said.
    In a third incident, a woman believed to be in her 50s was taken to Maimonides Medical Center with life-threatening injuries early this morning after firefighters found her in the stairwell of a burning building at 1360 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. No one else was injured in the blaze, which started on the 10th floor of a 14-story apartment house.
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    Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
    January 1, 2005 -- Fires in the opening hours of 2005 claimed the lives of five people yesterday, four Haitian immigrants in Brooklyn and a doctor who died jumping to escape flames in Queens. The Crown Heights blaze that killed two children and two adults was declared suspicious. Authorities said a gasoline can was found at the scene, a sixth-floor apartment at 901 Washington Ave. occupied by eight people. In the Queens fire, Dr. John Fotiades, 40, suffered fatal head injuries when a fire on the second floor of his three-story house forced him to jump from his third-floor window, authorities said.
    In a third incident, a woman believed to be in her 50s was taken to Maimonides Medical Center with life-threatening injuries early this morning after firefighters found her in the stairwell of a burning building at 1360 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. No one else was injured in the blaze, which started on the 10th floor of a 14-story apartment house.
    Wow that's not a very good start to the New Year.....

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    Originally posted by PFD109NFD107
    Wow that's not a very good start to the New Year.....
    January 2, 2005 -- Controversial staff cuts at engine companies delayed firefighters getting water onto the fatal New Year's blaze in Crown Heights, FDNY members and union officials charged yesterday.
    At the Crown Heights blaze, where four members of a family were killed, union head Steve Cassidy said the Fire Department's decision to reduce manpower from five- to four-member crews actually doubled the amount of time it took for firefighters to get a hose in place and begin putting out the fire.

    "We know one thing for sure. Engine 280 that was here would have gotten water on the fire at least two to three minutes sooner if they had been properly staffed. The chances of survival would have been better," he said

    Several firefighters at the scene claimed only two people were available to drag 550 feet of dry hose up six flights of stairs turning a 60-second task into a four-minute ordeal.

    That's because they did not have a third man to help them. The other two members of the crew must remain at the truck to regulate water pressure, along with other critical responsibilities.

    "Putting water on a fire is the single most important lifesaving function that firefighters do," Cassidy said.

    He said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta's decision to reduce staff levels "has now had a direct effect in the death of civilians in recent fatal fires," and referred to a fire in Jackson Heights in December that killed a woman and burned her three children.

    Over the past few years, the city cut 137 of the 197 engine companies from five men to four. In early December, the city cut the fifth man from 49 of the remaining crews so only 11 companies still have a permanent five-person team.
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    Thursday, December 30, 2004


    A 78-year-old man died in a house fire in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood Wednesday morning, less than a mile from a firehouse that was without an engine and had fewer firefighters than usual because of budget problems.

    Fire officials say rescue crews were on Wednesday's scene within minutes, but firefighter union leaders who are fighting cost-saving measures at the department question whether lives were endangered unnecessarily.

    Anthony Moro, who lived in the three-story house on Precita Avenue, perished in the blaze that consumed the wooden structure and displaced seven other residents.

    Moro's death has quickly become part of the heated debate over so-called "brownouts" -- San Francisco's budget-reducing program that takes fire trucks and engines out of service at up to four stations a day.

    The department faces a $7.5 million cut and more brownouts as Mayor Gavin Newsom tries to trim $97 million from the city's budget over the next 18 months. San Francisco's firefighters union launched an ad campaign last month claiming the cuts could cost lives. Wednesday's fatality, as well as two major fires Monday night, intensified the controversy.

    Fire Department officials say firefighters responded Monday just as quickly with other engines, but Joe Moriarty, vice president of San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798, questions whether lives could have been saved any faster if the brownout weren't in effect.

    The call from Precita Avenue came at 7:11 a.m. Wednesday, said Fire Department spokesman Pete Howes, and the first fire engine arrived within 2 1/2 or 3 minutes.

    The controversy, however, is that the nearest engine company, Station 9 at Jerrold Avenue, was browned out, down an engine equipped with a water pumper.

    When firefighters call in sick, instead of paying overtime to other crews to fill their shifts, the department takes up to four companies out of service for 24 hours at a time.

    So on Wednesday morning, the nearest fully staffed station was Station 11 at 26th and Church streets, and it responded first, Howes said. Stations 11 and 9 are almost equidistant from the blaze.

    Next to arrive were Engine 7 from 19th and Folsom streets and Engine 37 from Wisconsin Street in Potrero Hill. In all, eight engines and 60 to 70 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire. Crews rescued a woman trapped on a second-story balcony and knocked the fire down in 30 minutes, Howes said.

    But Moriarty said the loss of one local engine Wednesday had created a domino effect that forced engines from farther neighborhoods to drive to the fire and might have slowed some response times.

    "We're saying we still met our response-time goal," Howes said.

    Still, fire officials and the mayor have said they are studying the response times.

    The neighbors at Precita Avenue said the engines seemed to arrive instantly. "As soon as we got out of our house, there were three or four fire engines -- they were already there," said next-door neighbor Celia Gonzalez. She said her mother had awakened her up after hearing an explosion.

    The union is keeping its own score. Moriarty said two other fires might have worsened Monday night because of brownouts. An 11 p.m. blaze at Washington and Lyon streets in Pacific Heights became a two-alarm fire while engines were en route, he said, and then there was a three-alarm fire at about midnight on 36th Avenue at Clement Street in the Richmond District. Engine 10, based at the station at Presidio Ave. and California Street, which was near the first fire, was out of service because of low staffing.

    Firefighters had to come from all over the city, including North Beach, Moriarty said.
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    Fire in Memphis kills one right after New Year start.

    Apartment fire kills 1
    Whitehaven blaze involves 16 units; E. Memphis house burns

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    While many Memphians spent New Year's Day watching college football games, eating black-eyed peas and recovering from New Year's Eve merrymaking, many residents of Graceland Farms Apartments wandered through burned out rooms, looking to salvage any belongings after an early-morning fire that destroyed or damaged 16 units and took the life of Tremayne Morgan.

    Morgan, 35, died of smoke inhalation from the fire that authorities say started in his upstairs apartment at 1944 E. Raines in Whitehaven about 1 a.m. New Year's Day.

    "He had gotten his life back together. It was going to be a real good year for him," said neighbor Arnetha Brown.

    Just before the fire, Morgan shared with his neighbors his New Year's resolutions, which included bringing his children from Minnesota to live with him.

    "He already had gotten a little house off of Millbranch. We was going to help him start moving Monday," said Brown.

    Fire Department officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

    Jimmy Anderson and Reginald Franklin, who were helping a friend move into another apartment two buildings away, struggled with the awkward bulk of a king-sized mattress while trying not to step on the exposed nails of the many pieces of burned wood that littered the ground.

    "It's messed up, but what you gonna say? That man upstairs died -- I'm just glad my friends didn't," Anderson said.

    In East Memphis, a New Year's Eve fire damaged the East Memphis home of Gary and Jo Ann Grear.

    No one was injured in the fire that started after 8 p.m. Friday.

    Jo Ann Grear said firefighters found a bottle rocket where the roof had burned down into the attic.

    "I guess we won't be having the Super Bowl Party here this year," Grear said, standing in the burned-out husk of a game room that used to include a pool table and wall-sized television.

    "We were really blessed, it could have been so much worse," she said. "It's all just stuff and you can always get more stuff. You can't replace people and pets."
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    To begin 2005 we responed to a MVA with injuries at approx. 4a.m.
    Upon dispatch the car was fully involved and had hit a tree. The first engine and firefighters were on scene with in 5 minutes and the fire was out shortly after. The victim, a 19 yr. old male , local resident, and class mate of a few of our firefighters, perished in the accident. It is unclear if he died upon impact or from the burns, but never the less he is gone. It is never easy to deal with these incidents but it is much harder when the victim is known among rescuers and it occurs during a time when families spend the most time together. It is believed that alcohol was a factor in the crash....Another sad reminder of poor judgement and the effects of alcohol.

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    Despite a terrible end to 2004...I myself went to 5 MVA's Christams week, two of then double fatals. There were also a couple of fatal Fires in London on the last couple of days of 2004...

    2005 has started busy but with some miraculous escapes;

    On New years day night, Firefighters from Tottenham, North London responded to a Domestic High Rise Fire where a man trapped by the Flames jumped 7 floors, landed on grass and only broke his wrists!!!

    Last night was busy in London with 5 Working jobs/Make ups going on at one time (All hands/Multi Alarms) I was on a fire in a Derelict building, when reports were coming in over the radio of another fire in East London with people trapped in an Apartment and on the stairwell on the two floors above becuase the front door was open. Once again against all the odds we listened in as one by one every person was assisted down or rescued.

    Lets hope our luck holds out.
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    At about 2AM on the 1st, we responded to "trailer fire with one person burned, two people in the trailer, limited information". Didn't sound good. Turned out the one burned person was one of the two in the trailer, and had imbibed a little too much on *something* during the new year partying, and passed out on the running propane heater inside the trailer (you read that right). He did not awaken until his clothes were on fire. Nice burn mark in the floor from his clothes, 2nd/3rd degree burns on head, arms, chest, back. "Roast" smell in the trailer with the CO mixed in, bleah. The second person in the trailer was not injured. A lot different than the initial dispatch which sounded like working trailer fire and three victims. Happy new year.

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    Fire started by flaming Christmas tree kills one


    NEW YORK (AP) - A boy playing with a cigarette lighter set a
    Christmas tree ablaze in a Queens apartment building, starting a
    fire that killed one person and injured several others.
    The fire began at about 5:30 p.m. last night on the first floor
    of 96-05 50th Avenue in the Corona section, and was under control
    by 7 p.m. Flames spread to the upper floors of the building, and
    firefighters found a dead body inside an apartment on the third
    floor. The victim was not identified.
    The Fire Department says a boy who lives on the first floor of
    the building started the fire when he ignited the tree in his
    apartment.
    The boy's grandfather says he was asleep at the time the fire
    was set.
    Several other people were hurt, including a woman who jumped
    from her third-floor apartment to escape the flames. She's in
    critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital.
    Six firefighters suffered various injuries and were taken to
    area hospitals.

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