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Raw video: Structure fire in St. Louis, Missouri with evacuation ordered.

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Video from bmazanec of a fire at Chippewa and Michigan in St. Louis, Missouri on New Year’s Day. Airhorns sound around 6:35 on the video.


A smoky fire in a south St. Louis building forced the evacuations of several people living in a neighboring apartment structure as a precaution.

Firefighters responded to the fire scene in the 3100 block of Chippewa near Michigan around 1:30 this morning and found thick smoke coming the structure.

The building was reportedly vacant when the fire broke out, and a specific cause has not been identified.

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  • Newbie

    Disappointing command at that scene

  • He

    Well,,,they sucked. It almost seemed like they were trying to make the ” White Hat ” look bad. I wonder what ICS class the Chief took,,,,and why her radio wasn’t working. Now that I think of it,,,I didn’t hear any radios during this entire video….

  • harry Rampe

    A-team fire with a g-team chief in charge.Very painful to watch.

  • Truck Dude

    Early on during the incident, there is fire showing on the middle floor ( I think first floor) and heavy smoke on the top floor. The fire is probably traveling through the HVAC system or trash chutes. As a result, the whole building becomes involved. I can’t tell if the Truck Co. or Squads gave a floor to floor size up. Sometimes you get a fire that gets the best of you. You chase this type of fire from one end to the other end of the building and still can’t ahead of it. IC could have used some additional help with command i.e.. sector leaders ( vent, interior, exterior, water supply).

  • Robert M

    WOW ICS and communications at its best in todays world…… glad no one got hurt

  • Murph

    Someone needs some more training. Wow!

  • Mack Seagrave

    Once command decides to go defensive, it’s necessary to use large lines, ground monitors, apparatus mounted monitors and aerial master streams. Some of these devices were eventually placed in service in the video, unfortunately they were never directed into the main body of fire. The stream on the ‘B’ side was washing the walls of the exposure and the fire building and the aerial master stream was operated above the window opening directing the stream onto the floor where it had no effect on darkening down the fire. The aerial master stream should be operated from below the window opening into the upper part of the room, extinguishing the fire in the cockloft as well as bouncing the stream off the upper walls.

    • willowbay

      Well written. I agree.

  • Lt117

    Looks like someone needs to retire or go back to officer school!

  • Scooter

    Agree with the comments above… my first impression was the Chief looked clueless… Hope the troops lookout for themselves and don’t rely the chief! Strike Da Box! K

  • Mack Seagrave

    Does the St. Louis F.D. have annual medical exams, and if so what are their standards for acceptable BMI (Body Mass Index) ?

  • old man 1

    Trust me it sure ain’t like the old days in St louis anymore.

  • Mid West Chief

    WOW!Truck Dude, balloon construction, notice the fire in the basement? Typical construcion in citys built in that era. Looks like water supply issues…maybe a frozen hydrant. Regardless, poor command presence to say the least and you dont open up the building until you have water.

  • Pipeman27

    That doesn’t appear to be balloon construction, maybe multiple fire set in that one. At least it’s entertaining to watch the chief waddling around like a fat duck in a turnout coat. She’s a disgrace.

  • Eric

    Anyone from St. Louis Fire on here care to share some more info? It just seems that something is missing in regards to this fire.

  • Sharppointy1

    Hmmm, you know it’s bad command when even I can see it. I hope what we saw was unusual for this company.

  • JustSayin’

    Nice Job, Dave.!!!

    Just like ripping off a bandage.

    It was horrible  and IT HURT … but now it’s over.!!!!

    The WORST Fire Command Video for 2013 has been displayed.

    It’s all uphill from here.!!!!

    A HAPPY NEW YEAR to ya all.!!!