Basement fire & frozen hydrants in Gary: This is from 24th & Tyler on Saturday. You will hear one officer having a tough time getting word inside to back the line out.
In Flint, Michigan four children dead: Firefighters say they went right inside the burning apartment on Saturday, but it was too late. Read and watch the story.
Seven dead in Illinois: Click here for the details about a deadly fire in Cicero on Sunday. At least seven dead with possibly others missing. Three firefighters were hurt including one hit in the head after a chimney collapsed. Firegeezer has more details and lots of pictures from Larry Shapiro.
Florida firefighter seriously hurt at crash scene: Firefighter Close Calls tells us that despite using the fire engine to shield the scene of a motorcycle crash a car veered into the area injuring a firefighter and four others. Click here for more on the injuries to Orange County Firefighter Chad Lowery.
Blizzard house fire video: This is the video from last Wednesday’s two-alarm fire in Baltimore where the National Guard’s five-ton truck was the only vehicle to make it up to the burning home. Click here.
Chair purchases called indefensible: Do you remember the story in December about the little used emergency command center in Dutchess County, New York? This is the place outfitted with $1000 chairs that have been featured in Hollywood movies. A memo obtained by the paper that uncovered the story has County Executive William Steinhaus calling the buying of the chairs “excessive and indefensible”. Read the latest.
Report on fire response finds a lot wrong: A January 4 fire in Cayuga County, New York is receiving a lot of scrutiny over a number of problems with the response. These include closer companies not being dispatched to the call and a firefighter entering the home before sufficient help arrived. Click here for the story.
Memphis firefighter with past now charged with murder: More problems for the Memphis Fire Department. A firefighter questioned about the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend has now been charged with first-degree murder. The victim was shot at a hospital where she worked as a nurse. Here’s the latest.
Pole hole results in lawsuit for CNN anchor: Someone told me that legend has it that the former quarters of Fire Patrol 2 in New York is haunted. It is now owned by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper who now must deal with his second controversy surrounding his new home. An interior designer took a 17-foot fall down an open pole hole in November and is now suing Cooper. Here’s the story. The last story was about the removal of a plaque dedicated to one of the patrol’s former members who died in the attacks of September 11.
A mess on I-70: One crash near Kansas City during a snow storm yesterday had more than 40-vehicles piling up. Check out the video.
Hobart, Indiana house fire: This is another Valentine’s Day video from Edward Malik who shot the Gary video at the top of today’s Quick Takes.