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Firefighter trapped after rig rolls in San Antonio: One firefighter was trapped for about an hour last night as colleagues tried to free his foot after a ladder truck rolled on the way to a call. Injuries to all four on the rig are described as relatively minor.

Firefighter injured in Howard County, Maryland: A firefighter fell fifteen feet down a ravine and was “mildly injured” last night while tending to a man who was struck by a train in Ellicott City. Here’s more.

From South Carolina, our old friend Pat Walsh sends along this Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department picture from a three-alarm condo fire early Sunday morning. Click the image to learn more about the fire.

Firefighter Chance Zobel: In Columbia, South Carolina they are remembering Firefighter Chance Zobel who was killed over the weekend after being struck by a vehicle while fighting a brush fire on I-20. Click here for the latest. For our earlier coverage on the crash that also critically injured Firefighter Larry Irving, click here.

Lost in translation – communication issues for San Francisco Fire Department in San Bruno explosion: Similar to the game of telephone, an off-duty San Francisco firefighter’s belief that a plane probably crashed after hearing and seeing what turned out to be the massive natural gas explosion in San Bruno, soon morphed into confirmation that the firefighter actually witnessed a plane crash. KGO-TV looks into some communications issues the San Francisco Fire Department experienced during the response.

Garage fire in Indiana: Early video from a fire Friday in Lake Station. Click here.

Another house burns, another fire department doesn’t respond: That’s part of the headline Fire Critic Rhett Fleitz posted for a story from Chino Valley, Arizona. Rhett finds the need to invoke my name near the top of the story, but I am not sure why (maybe he feels that’s the only way people will read it). Here’s Rhett’s story. In case you missed it, Captain Willie Wines of Iron Firemen blog put together this very funny video about the King of Blogs  and this obsession he has.  

Pittsburgh firefighter almost falls through the roof: The firefighter was able to catch himself as part of the roof collapsed at a house fire last night. He suffered minor injuries. Here’s more.

Jessie’s (a) girl: Firegeezer has the story of the London Fire Brigade commander who used to be known as Paul and know wants to be called Jessica. The firefighters have been given sensitivity training and a terse warning that, despite knowing this person as a he for quite some time, there will be discipline for those who don’t refer to their boss as a she. I can imagine that a fire station is one of the more challenging environments to try to make this work. Click here for the details.

Firefighter killed in rocket fuel explosion at home: James McGovern, a 22-year-old volunteer with the Longwood Fire Company in suburban Philadelphia died Saturday after experimenting with homemade fuel for his model rockets. Here’s the story.

Two-alarms in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania: Newsworking.org gets some early video from another fire. This one was reported at 2:39 yesterday afternoon. A well-involved home at 10 School Street with exposure problems.

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