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Early video: Two-alarm duplex fire in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

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Bill Rohrer at Newsworking arrived with the first firefighters to this two-alarm house fire early around 3:30 this morning at 3018 N. Front Street in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Here's some of what Bill wrote about the fire:

Engine 3 arrived and brought a supply line to the scene. They found a 2-story duplex at 3019 N. Front St. with heavy fire venting from the first floor. The engine crew stretched a hand line to the side of the dwelling and made their initial attack through a window half way back to try and make a stop of the fire.

It appeared the fire was working in the living room. Engine 13 arrived and stretched another hand line from engine 3. As more firefighters arrived from other stations, an interior attack was commenced through the front door of the dwelling, at which time the bulk of the fire was knocked down.

Three ground ladders were set-up on the delta side of the building. Crews from engine 4 went to the second floor to check for extension and to ventilate.

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  • Andrew

    First line Nozzleman forget his airpack?

  • 95%er

    se the silver/aluminum thing on the front porch. it's on the right side of the front wall, looks like it has some sort of a latch and a few hinges. well pull that thing open and then you will find another thing that looks similar except it is wood, well then you pull that thing open, then you put your face piece on and you get on your knees and then you crawl inside a few feet and THEN you open up that pretty nozzle thing you got. except remember, you turn the nozzle thingy all the way to sthe setting that says STRAIGHT STREAM and don't move it and then you shuffle up a few feet and swing that nozzle thing to the left and the right unitl the guy behind you taps you on your shoulder and says the fire is out and you are going out the back door.
    or something like that.
    unless you are in Lehigh County, in which case, proceed as you were.

  • Mike

    what does he need an airpak or gear for sitting in the yard lobbing water thru a window?
    what a pitiful display of cowardice………smh

  • Anonymous

    and yet we wonder why we continue to kill guys every year.  "Shaking Head"

  • http://msn retiredinsc

    V ery nice job. Good stop.  Could of held up on braking so memy windows on the 2 nd floor. Good Job Guys.

  • Scooter

    Ashamed to be from Pa. on that one, from another part of Pa.  If your scared say your scared.  Like 95% said this fire should be over in about 1 minute after you arrive.  30 seconds to stretch and charge the line, (of course you need to pack it a different way) another 30 seconds to get in and work the fire….. game over other than searching and venting.  COME ON MAN ! WTF how sad and it was just a room on fire.  Strike the Box! K  

  • Fire21

    DAVE, PLEASE DELETE THE PREVIOUS POST FROM "FIREFIGHTER".  I ACCIDENTALLY POSTED IT BEFORE I WAS DONE.  THANKS.
     
    You mucho macho guys kill me.  The attack was started with one engine company.  Are you gonna send your guys into that with no RIT available?  Sometimes the best way to knock a fire down is to just put some water on it, like these guys did.  Did you notice how the bulk of the fire decreased almost immediately?  It doesn't take specifically a smooth bore or a fog stream to put out a fire, it takes a THINKING firefighter.  
    Ever hear the phrase "No building is worth a firefighter's life"?  How about "Everyone goes home"?  Stop being so stupidly brave and do the job as safely as you can.  I've been in a hospital…it ain't no fun!  And I've buried my best friend, killed in a fire.  I don't want anyone to ever go through that!!

    • 95%er

      then leave the service. the stress has gotten to you. there were 2 engine companies on the scene, more than enough for an attack and a 2 person rescue team. the bulk of the fire did NOT decrease immediately. look at the video again. what decreased was the point of exit for the products of combustion. all that exterior line did was change the natural path from out the front to out the back. the room kept on burning. watch it light up a few times.
      i am sorry about your friend. don't let his death get in the way of good aggressive firefighting. this was not a light weight constuction home, it was not more fire than one line could handle, and it called out for an interior attack. nothing macho about wearing SCBA and PPE and doing the deed.
      if you can't do it anymore, let some folks in who are gonna get the job done.

    • mark

      Unfortunately, they didn't knock the fire down by putting water on it. Sure it decreased, then from what we can see, either zero to no followup or overhaul was done and the fire flares up, again and again and again. Can we assume that you know no one was inside as did these guys? So two-in, two-out was in effect? How about the EO and the officer or fourth FF is the 2 out so the crew can go in and extinguish, as it should have been?
       
      Yes, a thinking firefighter. Like the idiot on the nozzle with no airpack and had a death grip on the nozzle? He wasn't letting go of that thing for his life. Even though he had 2 firemen behind him actually ready and prepared to extinguish the fire the right way. Well, other than the guy with extrication gloves.
       
      I'm guessing you would be one of those "Fire went out, nobody was hurt, so there's nothing to learn or try to do better next time" kinda guys? It's a terrible thing to try to better one's self by learning first from one's own mistakes, then from others.
       
      Why didn't they go in that back door? Was that the entrance to the other residence? Stairs maybe?

  • Inside the Beltway

    It's a shame that 99% of the time these posers and many like them strut around and portray, to the public and each other, what big bad firemen they are. 1% of the time they get the oppurtunity to prove it and fail to post. Like I've said in the past, it takes more than a t-shirt to make a fireman! 

  • Tim

    How about giving the guy with the airpack on the nozzle!

  • Inside the Beltway

    You know your house is gonna burn when the nozzleman wears no pack and the back-up man puts on extrication gloves!

  • Mike

    Fire 21, why is it "mucho macho" to do what you signed up for ? If you can"t deal with it anymore then just be done with it. As much as I hate to say it, people get hurt and die……nothing will ever change that because somewhere there will always be someone that isn't a coward hiding behind all those "safety phrases" you are so quick to spout off…..too bad he wasn't on the 1st arriving engine here…….smh

  • Rudedawg

    How about using the deck gun? Knock it down. Mop it up. Please somebody take the 1.75" crosslays off the engines! Yes, I said to take them off. If you can't figure out that you should be using something larger on this fire; then you really need to rethink what you have learned.
     

  • Firefox

    This was a bread and butter one room fire venting out the fromt. Nothing more.
    If this gets you excited, find something else to do. As the late Andy Fredericks used to say, “the garbagemen dont come around the corner and get excited when they see garbage cans on the curb.”.

    If you cant pack up and walk through this job, you might need to pack it up forever.

  • Inside the Beltway

    Rudedawg,
    If you weren't being sarcastic, then your statement about removing the 1 3/4 lines is ignorant! Upon arrival, this looked like a one or, at the most, two line fire. You can easily push 200 gpm's through a 1 3/4 with a fog nozzle. If you can't put out a room or two with that then you need to reconsider your profession. You obviously haven't fought enough fires from the inside to understand that it takes a lot  less water than you think, but only if you have the balls to take the water inside where it belongs!
     

  • Fa Solatido

    #1 I don't think standing in the doorway opening the nozzle and standing there counts as an interior attack.
    #2 I agree with Fire21, they shouldn't have gone in without the Rapid Intervention Team present because with their apparent lack of experience or knowledge (not even wearing the required equipment, not ready to do work) they probably would have NEEDED to deploy the RIT almost immediately after entering the home.
    If you're scared, say you're scared. It's not a bad thing. But let someone else with the experience and knowledge take over.
    Sad thing is there are fire departments all over the USA that perform this way.
    If you don't know what you're doing, ask. Get training. GO LEARN. Don't just wait for the experience, prepare yourself as best possible.
    It's more frustrating to see this than anything because I know if taught properly those guys could've MORE THAN LIKELY had that fire out faster and more efficiently.
    But then again all I'm doing is, literally, monday morning quarterbacking. whatever.
     

  • Nick

    Rudedawg- REALLY?!  This was a good a fire, a good 1st in fire that is, because it should be out by time the 2nd engine arrives.  1.5'' would of done just fine.  Im a fan of big lines where needed, but REALLY?!  go back to the academy and spout off what you read somewhere!  To Whitehall, ugh… get some training, and until then stay outside so there are no funerals!

  • Tower5Ladder

    Quit watching after 2:20 because I was embarrased!  Pour display of the basics.  Just because its a "hole", doesnt mean a possible life inside is worth any less than some who lives in a mansion.  Something the fire service is obviously losing sight of.