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MD, VA brush fires; KY chief has explaining to do; Firehouse porn; Weekend coverage; Videos from LA, NC, TN

(Updated at 1:25 PM)

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Old video of the day: Woolworths burns on Oak Street in New Orleans on April 30, 1969.

Not quite the Santa Ana winds

Still it made for some tense moments Sunday in Prince George’s County, MD. The high winds felled power lines which sparked brush fires. Of course those fires were spread by the same winds.

In the area of Allentown Road and Tucker Road around 2:00 PM, PGFD was scrambling to stay ahead of the flames as they approached a number of homes. Then two hours later, the same scenario on the other side of Allentown Road in a neighborhood near Friendly High School. There were a lot newly minted volunteer firefighters as neighbors grabbed garden hoses all along the path of the fires.

The 911 system was quite swamped around 4:00 PM. We tried to call in a dangerous situation on Indian Head Highway only to receive a busy signal three times. When we finally got through, the recording kept us company until a call taker was free to pick up my call after more than 4 minutes. Neighbors told us of similar waits.

Watch video of Sunday’s brush fires

The situation is a bit worse in Virginia. The governor has declared a state of emergency because of the wind whipped fires. Read more here.

In the Roanoke area there have been evacuations and hundreds of acres burning. Details can be found here.

Watch video from a fire along I-81 in Roanoke County

VAFireNews.com has been keeping tabs on some of the fires

Fire chief found asleep in back of overturned vehicle

Neighbors heard the wreck around midnight, but didn’t find anything. At 6:00 AM Saturday morning, Boone County, KY sheriff’s deputies found the overturned 2000 Crown Victoria. They say sleeping in the back of the vehicle was Covington Fire Chief Charles Wheatley. Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but say that Wheatley’s blood alcohol level was .05, under the legal limit. Read more.

Firehouse porn part of lawsuit

Playboy and Hustler, along with a Girls Gone Wild video are part of the evidence in a sexual harassment lawsuit in Oak Lawn, IL. This is part of the latest filing in the two-year-old suit by Sharon Januszewski. We have brought this conflict up before. It has some pretty ugly allegations. Click here to read more.

Weekend coverage

In case you didn’t check in over the weekend, click here to see some of the things we covered. They include: concerns about attacks on UK FFs; a woman trapped in a fire is put on hold by 911; a teen posts evidence of a church arson on the web; the “Navy SEALs of firefighting”.

You will also find links there to the continuing conversation in our comments section over the convicted arsonist who responded on fires in two MD counties.

Mobile home fire

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Actually it is a lot of mobile and manufactured homes. This was a fire that destroyed the manufacturing plant of Champion Homes in Henry, TN early Friday morning.

Rural firefighting water supply operations

A little show and tell from North Carolina.

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