Hot Shots 11/22

Nov. 14, 2022
Hot Shots includes a four-alarm fire at a very large, three-and-a-half-story house; ultimately, all of the fire building's roof and floors and portions of the exterior walls collapsed.

1. PASSAIC, NJ, OCT. 14

A working fire in a three-story mixed-occupancy quickly required transmission of a second alarm. Hand lines were put into service as trucks searched and ventilated. Companies reported fire on the second floor and running the walls. Command requested a third alarm and that the roof be ventilated. Fire spread to the cockloft and the third floor. Command evacuated the building. Fire spread across the cockloft. A fourth alarm was transmitted.

Photo by Pete Danzo

2. UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ, OCT. 16

On arrival, a second alarm was requested for a well-involved, very large, three-and-a-half-story frame house. Needing a positive water supply (no hydrants), command requested a third alarm and reported fire on all floors and through the roof. A ladder pipe, a tower ladder and an engine to draft from a pool were set up. A fourth alarm was transmitted. A tanker shuttle was set up. Within an hour, all of the roof and floors and portions of the exterior walls collapsed.

Photo by Pete Danzo

3. LIVINGSTON, MT, SEPT. 12

Three fully involved structures at a sawmill were adjacent to 20-foot stacks of raw lumber. If the stacks became involved, the fire likely would conflagrate into the city. Tanker shuttles were necessary until the water supply system and on-site private hydrants were primed via water from a river. Fog streams and multiple crews were used to dig up a ruptured gas line. A captain submerged himself in a pool of water to locate and kill the shutoff valve.

Photo by Joshua Chabalowski

4. FORT WORTH, TX, OCT. 6

An outside fire made its way into a large warehouse. Crews arrived to see heavy fire on the outside and inside of the building. Because of the large fuel load and the structural integrity of the building, the fire was attacked defensively. The fire escalated to a second and a third alarm. This allowed there to be enough staffing and resources to place the fire under control and protect the two exposure buildings. Twenty apparatus and 85 firefighters were on scene. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Photo by Glen E. Ellman

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