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Early & late video: House fire with electrical hazards in Wheeling, West Virginia.

A woman who lived in an apartment in a home on South Park Street in the Woodsdale section of Wheeling, West Virginia says her cat woke her when fire broke out yesterday morning ( reports the fire is in Ohio County). The early video (above) starts just after Engine 10 from the Wheeling Fire Department, with quarters just two blocks way, arrived on the scene. The video is from Here is an excerpt from the website’s report on the fire:

Engines 2 and 5 with Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 arrived on scene moments later and together,  the crews made an aggressive interior attack. Engine 11 came in to supply Engine 2 and Ladder 1. The electric company had a longer than normal response time and the live wires and electricity presented a danger to the firefighters. Since the resident was out safely, firefighters were forced out of the structure until the power could be cut off. The fire extended upwards and crews went on a defensive attack with the bucket of Ladder 1 up and flowing water. 

Below is a report from WTRF-TV that includes video taken later in the operation after the fire became a defensive operation. Here is more from WTRF-TV:

Firefighters said the fire spread throughout the two-story house very fast.

They said the layout of the house and the origin of the fire made it difficult for crews to put out the flame.

“Initial crews found heavy fire in the basement but there was an electric hazard there. We had to wait for AEP to get here and cut power to the structure, so we had to fight the fire from the outside until then,” said Wheeling Assistant Fire Chief Jim Blazier.


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    Great hustle early on by the wagon driver…from the video its hard to tell if they made an agressive interior attack by showing the men squirting water into the basement window. I guess they don’t believe in laddering the roof and cutting it open, since it climbed the walls into the top floor….Guess they need more 1 3/4 lines and PPV fans…LOL…On a serious note, they obviously don’t have the man power early on to overwhelm the fire or at least on this fire it doesn’t appear so.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like man power was an issue….Also,why not an interior attack. What i saw was a crew pushing that FIRE BACK INTO THE HOUSE FROM THE REAR. Again, an agrresive interior attack was in order. Lcate,confine, and extinguish fire. Cordinated with horizontal vent. SORRY GUYS,
    I don’t think good a stradegy and tatics were perform at this fire…..

  • WVFF

    Most engine companies in WV are severely understaffed; as far as Wheeling, I am not too familiar with their operations. I did see a hose line advanced through the rear of the structure very early on, which may have been as aggressive as possible.

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  • Robert Kramer

    Sorry guys, but the FD should be able to cut the power and not have to wait for the power company to show up and do it. As a result this house went defensive.

    Wheeling fails.

  • Anonymous

    Wheeling is very understaffed with most engines only having a 2 person crew. Depending on the time and staff sometimes the crew staffing the medic can jump on the engine and provide a crew of 4. Rescue truck has 2 or 3 assigned to it but can also take staffing from there medic which can make it have 4 or 5. Every single stationed engine has a crew of 2 and the ladder has a crew of 2.