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Video: 4 Homes Burn in Phillipsburg, NJ on Halloween Night


As kids were out on the town trick or treating a fire broke out in a home in the 100 Blk of Mercer St, first arriving crews had heavy fire in the middle of a row home with fire quickly extending. As crews chased the flames 4 homes suffered extensive smoke and fire damage with flames shooting through the roof at one point. Two people were taken to the hospital with reported non fire related asthma attacks, and crews continued to battle the fire well into the night...

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Video: Buffalo 2 Alarm Fire in an Old Funeral Home

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B-43 on scene with a working fire in an old Funeral Home. Engine 21 reports heavy fire 1st floor ext to attic. Adjoined 2.5 story buildings well involved Fire through roof and spreading. Crews set up for Defensive Ops. Wall collapse on #2 side. B-56 requests extra 2 & 1, then wants Balance of 2nd Alarm. City Excavator sent to help dismantle building for overhaul. 4 -2½" & 3 - Blitz fire nozzles, 3 Towers airborne & flowing, Monitor from E21

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Interior or Exterior? What Would You Do?

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This is a training opportunity. Do this on your own, or drag your crew into it. Take a minute and watch the video. Then decide, based on what is seen in the video, whether you would go interior or stay outside on this one. This is in no way pointing fingers at the tactics used...this is being used for conversation, not ridicule. We simply cannot know all of the details of this incident from the view of one camera, I doubt many (if any) of you all were there.

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Video: Vacant Church Fire in Detroit

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At around 3:32PM on October 19th, two engine companies were disptached to Grand River and Chicago Avenue to check for a rekindle. First arriving engine found a fire in a commercial building extending to a second attached commercial building. Low water pressure and dangerous building conditions made an interior attack impossible, and the fire was fought defensively. Five engines and two platforms worked throughout the afternoon to bring the fire under control. The buildings, a church and medical clinic, collapsed and were a total loss.

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Helmet Cam: Fully Involved Mobile Home

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In the early morning hours of October 3, 2014, Marshall Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a report of a fully involved structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a mobile home with additional attached structures completely engulfed in flames. The occupant of the residence was able to make it out safely, but did sustain a few minor injuries.

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Top Firefighting Books – 54 Must Read Books for Firefighters

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I have compiled a list of "Must Read" books as told to me by my readers. I asked what the best fire service books were and got over 50 books mentioned in over 80 comments over at The Fire Critic Facebook Page. Sure, there may be some that were left out, but I think this is a pretty decent list! I have not read many of these...I didn't even know about many of them before today. I have included links to Amazon, so you can get more information and/or purchase them at decent prices. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments if they don't appear here. There are 54 books listed below. Many of the authors have more books on and off this list.

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Video: LAFD Commercial Fire in Boyle Heights District

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10-19-2014 Los Angeles Firefighters first on scene at “Barrios Casting Company” (a metal casting business) had fire and smoke showing from a 7200 square ft. one story commercial building in L.A.’s Boyle Heights district. There were reports LAPD Officers on “routine” patrol noticing the building on fire at 1459 S. Lorena Street and called it in. Firefighters forced entry through rolling steel doors and encountered heavy fire conditions. Firefighters were ordered off the roof and out of the building as heavy fire engulfed the structure. LA Firefighters then went defensive, knocking down the flames with several hand-lines, a wagon battery and two ladder pipes. Fire/Rescue personnel also handled and restrained two “flipped out” friendly pit bull dogs, keeping them from running in between the apparatus and bumping into busy Firefighters. The dogs may have been guard dogs. There were no reported injuries, the main bulk of fire was knocked down in an hours time. Firefighters protecting adjacent exposures kept the fire to the building of origin. The cause of the intense late night blaze is under investigation. Smoke from the fire could be seen throughout East Los Angeles. -MNR-

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