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Early video: Initial attack by PGFD at Laurel, MD duplex fire.

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Video from City of Laurel PIO Pete Piringer (Pete Ppiringer) from a fire at 1:30 this afternoon in the 900 block of 5th Street. The fire apparently required a second alarm for PIOs, with PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady providing this press release and pictures on his blog:

An unattended candle is believed to have started a fire in a 1st floor apartment in the 900 block of 5th Street in Laurel today about 1:30 pm.

A Laurel City Police Officer spotted a column of smoke and discovered the fire. He notified his dispatcher and proceeded to search for occupants. The apartment was unoccupied.

Firefighters arrived to extinguish a bedroom fire within 7 minutes of arrival. One of 3 pet box turtles was found and returned to the owner.

Two occupants of the apartment which is one of four in this 2-story apartment building will be displaced and assisted by our Citizen Services Unit.

Preliminary fire loss is estimated at $25, 000. No injuries reported.

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  • OH BOY

    What’s this??? The PGFD fire gods doing a sub par job on a simple room and contents? Laid out an extra several hundred feet of line. Lame attempt at horizontal ventilation by a guy without PPE? I can’t believe what I saw. I know there was only one engine company there, but by the way they roll, that’s all that fire needed. Thought I was watching Whitehall Twp for a minute.

  • Ron Stuart

    What is a “PIO” and what is their role in the fire service? We have someone with that title in DC Fire/EMS but he does nothing, has no accountability and was a friend of the fire chief and in finanial trouble when he was hired.. and he makes alot of money.
    -Way to go Pete! Smartest thing that could have happened was leaving DC!

  • LeatherHead

    The white hat needs to learn to how wear an SCBA, and to CONNECT THE WAIST STRAPS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike

    Ron, PIO is public information officer.

  • the ear

    Looks like the fire got put out Oh Boy. If you are that much of an expert go on the conference circuit with John Salka.

  • Unreal

    Did anyone else notice the plug about 50 feet behind the Engine

    • FF

      They utilized a hydrant that is closer to a large main. Easy to critique from behind a computer. Close minded FFs think they should always use the closest hydrant…..

      • Unreal

        Before you get your panties in a bunch, I think they made a real good stop. I was just pointing it out. And is it going to make that much of a difference being close (not on) to a larger main and laying 600-700 feet of a single 3 inch supply line?

  • Fire21

    As we saw in Harrison, NJ, everyone doing anything in fire attack or support should be fully bunkered up.

  • ohio ff

    at 1:13 when the officer does his look at the c side I wanted to kick him, then he has second thoughts and actually looks. Taking a good look at the back may save you a#$ some day. Glad he reconsidered his action and corrected it.

  • Mark

    You know, they could have burned the place to the ground, it was refreshing to see them lay out going in. i don’t care if they laid out 2 hose beds, they laid out!

  • Crowbar

    Gear up or get off the scene!

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t want my pump operator leaving the pump while I am inside

    • BH

      The window that he takes or the ladder that he throws could save your ass while you’re inside. Especially with a delayed truck company.

  • Dat Truck Dude

    Looks like the guy , using a ceiling hook to vent the windows could be the wagon driver. I didn’t see any truck companies. The wagon master normally doesn’t put on gear. Hey, he got them there, hooked up to a hydrant, got the lines charged and knocked out a window. What else do you want him to do?

  • Dat Truck Dude

    I rather have the pumper dude venting than have what happened in Harrison, NJ( Ka-boom). It was a room/contents fire and the lines were charged. He was being proactive.

  • mdff

    Man are we critical, the only thing not NFPA compliant was the PO taking the window out without full PPE. Better to lay out from the hydrant that may be somewhat further away then to not layout at all. Seemed to me as another day on the job and everything worked as expected,can’t say that about most videos on this site.

  • JW

    That wagon driver from 10 is a top notch operator, he walks around like its business as usual and gets it all done. most likely he will hear some stuff for not having his coat on (and he wont make excuses) but he’s the operator that will chase the kinks, throw the ladder, vent, run the second line and make sure that you never run out of water. it is sad to say but that is becoming a rarity these days! Good job Brother.

    • Anonymous

      I can personally second everything this man has said, being as the wagon driver you all speak of happens to be my technician. One of the most knowledgable and respectable F/T’s you will ever meet. Not to sound cliche, but the job got done and everyone got to go home, and that’s what it’s all about.

      • Mark too

        If it was really all about just getting the job done (aka putting the fire out) and everybody going home at the end of the day, then we’d all be fighting our fires exclusively in a defensive mode and we’d only need a handful of firefighters to respond. Belief that we did a good job simply because the fire is no longer burning and nobody went to the hospital or morgue is the kind of thinking that eventually leads to very bad things happening.

  • Brandon

    Mark Too, what jurisdiction do you work in because I would love to know what organization doesn’t run its operation with a goal of life safety to include citizens and our own, as well as the end result of extinguishing the fire. The goal in this job is to remove the danger by extinguishing the fire and removing the hazard. By doing that you preserve property and life which is our primary goal. Maybe you should return to FF 1 and relearn what you are here for. Just for the record so everyone else knows I was the first in Engine officer and the hydrant in the map was not very clear as to whether is was before or after the building and it is better to lay out from a further hydrant than to pass one and realize the one you were counting on isn’t where you thought it was. And to those of you who are commenting on the waist strap that was an officer from a later arriving unit on the scene that was not entering the structure at that particular moment so what difference does his strap not being buckled make at that moment. Lastly I agree that the Driver venting the window without PPE should have had it on but in that instance he wasn’t expecting to have to do that as it normally is the first in trucks job to vent the fire floor but they were delayed due to mutual aid. Everyone on here needs to remember that we can learn something from every incident and that no matter where you work your incidents are never perfect. I will say this was a very cut and dry fire but the fact is and will always be that the fire got put out fast and efficiently. Most units never arrived on scene and property and life was paramount as it always should be.