Update – convicted arsonist was member of another MD VFD; 1981 mill fire; Videos from VA, LA, and IL

(Updated at 4;31 PM with new information on Ritchie VFD/PGFD story)


Old video of the day: From Fall River, MA in November, 1981. The Arlan’s building burns. Click here to see a picture of the mill structure before the fire.

Update on STATter 911 exclusive: Convicted arsonist is firefighter with more than one department. Details from Charles County, MD.

Napoleon Queen Photo by Wayne Barrall at FITHP.net

Statter 911 has learned that Napoleon Queen has been a member of more than one fire department in Maryland since he served time in prison for setting fires in 1990. On 9NEWS NOW at 6:00 PM we will have an interview with Bryans Road VFD Chief Phil Hamrick about Queen’s membership at the Charles County station. Chief Hamrick said they weren’t aware until after Queen left the department of Queen’s past. Queen was a lieutenant and well thought of at Bryans Road.

As we first reported yesterday, Queen had recently been riding at Ritchie VFD in Prince George’s County. He was ordered off the fire trucks after STATter 911 began asking questions about Queen on Tuesday. PGFD claims they notified Ritchie of Queen’s arson conviction last September. Ritchie’s president says they never got the word.

Talking today with Ritchie VFD VP Larry Lee, he again insists that Ritchie’s officials had no knowledge of any notification by PGFD. Lee says when they were made aware of the information by STATter 911 and confirmed it, Mr. Queen was gone. Lee says that was all done within 6 hours.

We have asked PGFD spokesman Mark Brady further questions about the September notification process and why there appears to have been no follow-up. We hope to have more answers this evening at 6:00 PM.

At the bottom of the page (the link above), you will see we are starting to get some comments about this story. Not all of them are flattering about STATter 911 and our decision to run this story. I understand the feelings and appreciate your input.

Some of those comments are an interesting contrast, so far, to the comments on our wusa9.com website. That site is geared to the general public. There is a good deal of outrage expressed there, but more on the lines of “would you let a convicted sex offender work in a day center?”

Open air car wash


An ambulance crew finds an interesting way to clean the unit.

Family Dollar store burns


A 2-11 from Midlothian, IL. No date.

Virginia Beach fire


From Tuesday afternoon at the Autocraft Express on South Military Highway. The fire is about 30 seconds into this live helicopter report. Read more.

Monster fire truck


From the Mardi Gras parade in Gretna, LA.

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