The latest video from Gary, Indiana: This house fire was early Monday morning at 824 Van Buren.
Firefighter sets home on fire next door to firehouse. House owned by fellow firefighter who was asleep with his wife inside. Suspect in other fires: The way fire marshals tell it, 21-year-old Jesse Patrick Marcel, an on-call firefighter at the Little Caillou Fire Department in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, went back to sleep inside the firehouse after setting the shed next door on fire. He didn’t bother to alert Firefighter Whyley Pellegrin or his wife about the fire that spread from the shed to their house where they were inside asleep. When they awoke, Pellegrin ran next door and, with Marcel, began extinguishing the fire. Soon investigators discovered there was more to this story. Click here. Marcel is now a suspect in three other fires. Here’s that story.
Daytona Beach says it is stopping automatic mutual aid: Saying the balance is unfair after a cut back in the number of county firefighters, Daytona Beach Fire Chief Gary Hughes says they will no longer automatically send firefighters outside of the city limits. Click here for the story.
The latest from the search in West Virginia: Crews continue to look for 32-year-old Donald Adkins of the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighter Adkins is presumed dead after a rescue boat capsized on Saturday. Click here for WSAZ-TV’s coverage with raw video from the latest briefing.
You weren’t going to pry it from his cold, dead hands: Thankfully it didn’t quite come to that in the Normans Kill River in Albany last week. Cold yes, but David Kelley was very much alive when rescued from the raging waters. Kelley had decided he wasn’t coming out without what brought him to the river in the first place: A new custom fly rod. Click here for the story, video and pictures.
Oh, looky! There’s a TV camera!: A man in Blount County, Tennessee probably shouldn’t have been looking at the news crew covering a rockslide. He probably should have been looking at what the TV camera was focused on. Click here for some must see video to get the full picture.
Mayor plans to close fire company to meet court order on minimum staffing: In Erie, Pennsylvania Mayor Joe Sinnott has told the fire chief to close a fire station within the next 30 days. The mayor says that is the only way to follow a judge’s order that they must live up to staffing requirements agreed to in its labor contract with firefighters. Here are the details.
A wannabe has his day in court: A judge in Michigan says a man who has been pretending to be a member of the Pinconning Fraser Fire Department must get mental health counseling. Scott Winchell claims to have a desire to help when he shows up at the scene in a car with flashing lights and wearing a fire department cap and sweatshirt. Read more.