East Granby, CT had a 3-Alarm fire on arrival for a house at 195 N. Main St engulfed by flames on 7/16/23 at 23:02. The family dog woke the residents up. This was the second multi-alarm of fire of the day for them, a department that does about 250 calls a year.
On December 23, 2022 Detroit firefighters fought a four-alarm fire at 750 Canton Street at E. Lafayette. The block long, one- and two-story structure had several interconnected buildings and was filled with cars and boats. Frozen hydrants, low water pressure, blowing snow, zero wind chill, and high winds hampered the efforts of fire fighters to control the fire.
Cambridge, Ontario P2, P1, A6, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched to 51 Livingstone Crescent for a dryer fire January 17, at 20:30. The closest station to the call was Station 3 but A3 was on a medical call. P2 arrived and reported some smoke showing and all occupants were out of the building.
P2 pulled a line into the basement reporting heavy smoke, and near zero visibility. A hydrant was picked up as firefighters performed primary searches of the first, second, and third floors while fire attack looked for the source of the fire in the basement. The fire was located at the rear corner of the basement and quickly knocked down. Basement windows were taken out so ventilation could be performed by the attack crew. A3 cleared from their call and command had them return to their station as the fire was knocked down.
Three firefighters were sent to perform a secondary search of the house and while on the second floor they reported the lights had gone out. Within a couple of minutes heavy black smoke was showing from the first and second floor. A minute later both floors flashed over. Two firefighters were able to exit via the stairs while a third had to bail out a second floor window onto the garage roof. He was transported to hospital with second degree burns and wass released the next morning. His gear and SCBA saved his life.
The entire building was now fully involved, and fire came through the steel roof within minutes. A6 was setup quickly to protect exposures, and A3 was added to the call, ordered to grab another hydrant, and get their aerial up. Large lines were pulled to attack the fire and protect exposures. A third hydrant was pulled from Newport Drive as A6 didn’t have enough water to supply their bucket and lines. A4 and P5 were added to the call necessitating call-in of off-duty crews to staff spare apparatus now that all six stations were on scene.
The upper two floors collapsed 30 minutes after the flashover and the fire was brought under control in two hours. One station remained on scene all night, and others are still on scene chasing hot spots. Due to the collapse, firefighters can’t go into the structure to work on fully extinguishing the fire. The Ontario Fire Marshall is on the scene to investigate the cause. Damage is pegged at more than $750,000.
Box 690 provided rehab. My photos and video were shot 25 minutes after the flashover. Box 690 member Dave Westwood’s photos taken immediately after the flashover.
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I took in the a 4-11 Alarm yesterday at Peterson & Lincoln on the north end of the city. I wasn’t too far away, otherwise rush hour traffic and the location probably would have stopped me from taking this in. The first response was for a report of smoke on the roof. The Still Alarm engine, (71) reported a fire and requested a Box Alarm. When the Deputy District Chief 2-2-2 arrived, he upgraded to a 2-11 Alarm, which was followed later by the 3-11 and then finally the 4-11. Additionally, two additional trucks and one additional tower ladder were called to the scene.
Engine 71 had a deck gun going in Sector 4 on Albany and they really had a fight on their hands with massive fire and smoke to contend with. Eventually they had to move to a more secure spot. Three tower ladders, one truck, and Squad 2’s Snorkel had elevated master streams deployed in addition to several multi-versals and hand lines. Four stores were destroyed by the fire and at least one more sustained heavy damage from smoke and the fire department’s efforts to stop the fire from traveling further.
Roofers working at the time are a probable cause for this fire.
I am working a a video which will post when it’s completed.
Another early view of the scene with heavy smoke and some fire visible. Larry Shapiro photo
Roofing supplies are visible as smoke belches from every vent and crevice. . Larry Shapiro photo
An early view of the scene with fire traveling along the rear of the stores. . Larry Shapiro photo
Squad 2’s Snorkel waits for water. Larry Shapiro photo
Chicago Engine 71 faces down a wall of fire. . Larry Shapiro photo
Chicago Truck 38 rigs the line for an elevated stream. Larry Shapiro photo
Engine 71 operating the deck gun. Larry Shapiro photo
Engine 71 is dwarfed by the massive flames. Larry Shapiro photo
Massive fireball erupts from the roof of the building covered with roofing materials. . Larry Shapiro photo
Another fireball, this time in the center of the building. Larry Shapiro photo
Heavy fire in the furniture store and through the roof. . Larry Shapiro photo
Heavy fire and smoke spills over on the east side of the fire building. Larry Shapiro photo
One of three tower ladders sets up. Larry Shapiro photo
Chicago Tower Ladder 23 sets up to go to work. Larry Shapiro photo
A view of Sector 1 after the Snorkel went to work. Larry Shapiro photo
A fireball erupts behind the tower ladder. Larry Shapiro photo
The mattress store is gutted. An early view of the scene with fire traveling along the rear of the stores. Larry Shapiro photo