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Arrival video & fireground audio: West Baltimore rowhouse fire.

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Video, still pictures and fireground audio from yesterday’s fire at 908 N. Carey Street in Baltimore, Maryland. Engine 8 and Truck 10 were first on the scene coming from quarters two blocks away. The videographer makes note that Truck 10 is one of the companies scheduled for closing on July 1. Here is part of the description of the fire from the website for Engine 8 and Truck 10:

Engine 8 ran into a little snag when their pumps malfunctioned.  With the fire being fueled by winds it spread quickly up the interior stairwell to the upper floors.   With a lack of water units were forced to stand fast at the front door until they got water.  Eventually crews were able to enter the dwelling and fully extinguish the fire. 

The video is from FFNick07 at YouTube.

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  • Rudedawg

    Does anybody use a 2.5″ line anymore? Heavy fire showing, and a country mile of 1.75″ attack line. If you can’t get the pump in gear, and it is hooked to a hydrant; the water will still flow through the pump at hydrant pressure. If a 2.5″ line and a smoothbore are deployed, it may give enough of a stream to buy some time to deploy the next engine, and just pump through the first engine. A fire pump is a big manifold even when it doesn’t go into pump gear. Smooth bore nozzles work at 50 psi. Even with a low pressure hydrant, and some friction loss; water will still flow out the end of the nozzle. Try it sometime.

    • Anonymous

      Rudedawg, how dare you downplay BCFD. Didn’t you get the memo that big city departments never screw up?

  • fedup

    Awesome job

  • E22DCFD

    That lineman had to be pissed. That was a nice fire too.

  • oldironsides

    If you need a 2.5″ to put that fire out, you need to hang up the helmet and go be a cop! Standard 1 3/4″ fire, done on a daily basis in urban areas as well as my own city.

    Good job by BCFD crews to adapt to the pump issue and overcome it to get the job done.

  • Rudedawg

    Maybe we just can’t handle a 2.5″ line anymore? Just don’t have what it takes. I think I will go be a cop, and not man up and use a big boy line when it IS needed.

    • DCFD4

      Usually when “big boys” “man up” they go with an 1.5″ and put the fire out.

  • RIZZ

    Maybe the guy running the line should flake it out properly as he goes. Baltimore City or not, I’m not impressed.

    • Art of Fire

      Seems to me that his layout did a good job of flaking the line. Must be awesome living and working in Perfectville. It’s a team effort and the team had the line stretched and ready in no time.

  • Anacostia County

    Hey Rudedawg, you should take advantage of the eye plan the cops have and get yours checked. That WAS NOT heavy fire showing. Without the pump problems that amount of fire showing on arrival is a less than 5 minute fire with two 1 1/2″ or
    1 3/4″ lines, one for each floor. By the way, How much does fire weigh?

  • Mike

    Good job by E8/T10.

  • DCFD

    Rudefiredawg is just used to flowing a 2.5″ into the window. Would love to see you try to go up 2 floors with thing while putting fire out.

  • Dangir

    We get it Rudedawg. Every video on this website you’re going to say the 2 1/2″ should have been used. I agree with oldironsides post.

  • mdff

    I wonder if the Baltimore City Fire Department has much experience with a 2/3 story vacant rowhouse? I am going to stick my neck out and go out on a limb and say they have just a little bit. Rudedawg you are an idiot if you think you know what you are talking about and the BCFD should change their tactics on your advise. The PO on E-8 could most likely run the pump in his sleep and E-8, T-10 see as much fire as anywhere in the USA. I trust their judgement not yours.

  • Truck Dude

    Dead hydrants or malfunctioning pumpers can make a vacant rowhouse fire a bitch to put out. I was wondering why the lineman had to hump his line that far? The ladder truck was directly in front of the structure. Was it block out by B-more City Police?

    • Brian McAllister

      May have been leaving room for the truck guys to get ground ladders from the rear of the truck. if you watch closely the wagon isnt really that far away.

    • me

      Hose bends, ladders don’t.

  • fedup

    The ladder truck is supposed to be directly in front of the structure…..

  • Anonymous

    We would not have pulled a 2.5″ unless defensive.

  • South Of There

    Was looking at the many great pics taken. I see they have plastered “Emergency Medical Services” on the side of the Sticks of the Ladder Trucks. I doesnt even say Fire Department. WOW…. The MANY years of PRIDE and TRADITION killed with three words. And yes, I know EMS is a majority of the runs today. But, I dont agree with having to put it all over the FIRE Apparatus. Remember the past, and keep it in mind when lookin forward. But. Looked like fun was had by all.

  • Jerome Smiff

    This is a great reminder that equipment failures do occur on the scene and we need to be prepared to overcome them. E8’s driver(?) got on the radio and advised Command that there was a mechanical issue with the rig. By doing that he let the attack crew know not to commit or to back out as necessary. Great job on that. I saw lines stretched in a timely manner, ladders being thrown and GOOD radio discipline was maintained. Personally, I would gone with a couple of 1-3/4 lines on this job. I would give this operation a two thumbs up.