Firehouse Fires

Jay K. Bradish describes an ironic occurrence that happened to several firehouses around the country and how members coped.


I'm devastated we're all devastated by this. In one incident, we've lost all of our emergency response apparatus and most of our building. While it's horrible, we are extremely fortunate that no one was injured," Chief Tim Butters of the Burke, VA, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department said a few...


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March 24, 1997: St. Petersburg, Russia The St. Petersburg Higher Technical Fireman's School was heavily damaged by fire. Reports indicated that dozens of firefighters and 52 fire engines responded to the fire. The fire burned out of control for over three hours and gutted the fourth floor of the building. The roof of the structure also collapsed, making extinguishment difficult.

April 22, 1997: Rainsville, AL A tornado shortly after 4 P.M. destroyed the police and fire stations. The primary fire engine was buried under tons of rubble.

June 27, 1997: Brussels, Belgium Two firefighters were injured and an apparatus was destroyed when the vehicle exploded in its quarters.

Compiled by Jay K. Bradish


Jay K. Bradish, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a former captain in the Bradford Township, PA, Fire Department. He has been a volunteer firefighter and fire photographer for more than 20 years.