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Helmet-cam video from first engine in at five-alarm fire. Former church destroyed in Branch County, Michigan. Quincy FD had to deal with power lines, ammunition, fireworks & water supply.

This fire was reported around 4:20 Wednesday morning at 211 South Ray Quincy Road in Branch County, Michigan. The video is from the Quincy Fire Department. The building had been a church built in the late 1800s and was converted into a residence:

Here’s part of the description with the clip:

Chief 2 arrived on scene and reported a church fire going throughout. Engine 10 arrived on scene and stretched multiple lines. Mutual aid was requested from the Coldwater, Lakeland, Fremont (Ind.) and Angola (Ind.) fire departments for water supply. Being a rual fire, a draft site had to be established and a water shuttle was used. Line placement was limited due to down power lines, live ammunition and fireworks going off as well as structural collapse.

From WTVB Radio:

A former church in rural Branch County converted to a residence was gutted by fire early today.  Flames were showing through every door and window of the old Fisher Hill Church when Quincy firemen reached the scene around 4:30 this morning on South Ray-Quincy Road.  

No injuries have been reported although Quincy Fire Chief Kurt Barve said it was a dangerous fire with live wires on the ground and live ammunition in the home going off as well as firefighters narrowly escaping a wall that collapsed.  

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  • Rake

    I’m not sure what “5 alarms” equals in this community but you do not need a large number of apparatus or manpower for this fire. The building is gone and you have no exposure problems that I could see. Do what you have to do to establish a water supply (rural area, set up your draft site, run tankers, etc), then set up several portable monitors and maybe a ladder pipe if you want to get fancy (good for PR). Keep the guys away from the ammunition and falling walls. Seriously, you could burn this building down with 2 and 1 plus tankers.

  • Steve in NJ

    On the upside I say “Bravo” for leading off with a 2 1/2 and a solid tip. The amount of videos Statter shows I was beginning to wonder if anyone carried anything but 1 3/4 crosslays and fag nozzles. On the downside, I would stay out of the collapse zone on that initial line. Establish the collapse zone early in the incident and take into consideration the age and construction of the building plus the amount of fire already showing. Remember, everyone goes home. That building is a goner.

  • mike

    A “5 alarm” in this area is just the number of departments called. Quincy and one crew from fremont were the only firefighters fighting this fire. The rest were used for water supply only.