Hot Shots 7/23

July 3, 2023
On arrival, Fort Worth, TX, firefighters found an apartment complex that was under construction fully involved.

FORT WORTH, TX, APRIL 4—Firefighters responded to an apartment fire. On arrival, crews found an apartment complex that was under construction fully involved. They immediately called for a second alarm response and began to attack the fire defensively. Strong winds blew embers to tree lines and neighboring buildings. Firefighters were able to control those exposures to spare them from heavy damage. After an hour of firefighting, the blaze was declared under control.

Photo by Glen E. Ellman

ROCHESTER, NY, MARCH 26—On arrival, crews found heavy smoke showing from a vacant house and declared a working fire. Members made a strong offensive attack into the structure but quickly were pushed out by heavy fire conditions on all floors. The fire was fueled by high winds. A second alarm brought extra units to the scene, including to stop the fire from spreading to the exposure house. Multiple large lines and a master stream were used to knock down and bring the fire under control.

Photo by Jon Tenca

WEST EASTON, PA, APRIL 4—Ladder trucks from the city of Easton and Palmer Township arrived to find heavy fire showing from the center of a former industrial building that was converted to a commercial space for multiple businesses. They struck additional alarms. Because of water supply issues, tankers from three counties responded to assist with additional water on scene. Crews worked for several days to mop up hot spots. The building eventually was demolished.

Photo by Dennis Wetherhold Jr.

NORFOLK, MA, APRIL 20—Firefighters were on scene within a minute of being notified of a motor vehicle accident at a nearby gas station. They found a large box truck that drove through a fuel pump and two parked vehicles and then was left dangling over a retaining wall. The driver of the truck was unable to get out, so firefighters used an aerial ladder to reach the victim and remove him from the vehicle. It took several heavy wreckers to remove the truck from the retaining wall.

Photo by Scott Smith

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