Exterior Shed Fire Prompts SFD Full Fire Response

Incident Summary

An exterior shed fire ignited from an unknown cause in the backyard of a home in the 9400 block of 18th Avenue SW in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Due to the fire, a power line was downed.  The power company was requested to respond to the fire ground.

Resources

Seattle Fire units A14 AIR10 B5 B7 DEP1 E26 E27 E32 E36 E37 L1 L11 M32 M44 MAR5 R1 REHAB1 SAFT2 STAF10 and E11.

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Seattle City Light power crews.

Fire Operations

Engine 11 arrived as first due apparatus to a working fire of a 20×20 exterior shed in the backyard of a home.  They immediately pulled a pre-connect and designated the incident as “18th Avenue SW Command”. (2114 PST)

Battalion asked if the response could be reduced. (2116). She arrived shortly there after. (2119)

Engine 26 provided water for Engine 11. Engine continued to run on tank water and switched over. During the fire operation, they needed to hook up to a secondary hydrant for a water supply.

Water was put on the fire on the Charlie side. The fire response was reduced to a 2. 1&1 which is two engines, a ladder company and a Battalion Chief.   Engines 11 and 37, Ladder 11 and Battalion 2 remained on-scene. (2120-2121)

It was reported that this could be a possible hoarder situation, which from experience we know to be dangerous to occupants and to firefighters.  The interior of the basement and floor one of the nearby residence also was checked.  There were no extension, smoke or damage to the home, but also in the same alleged condition.

The fire was tapped several minutes later. (2133)

Cause

A Seattle Fire Investigator, Marshal 5 was dispatched to this call and is currently on-scene investigating the cause.   There is no preliminary cause at the time of this post.

Injuries

No reports of injuries to the occupant or firefighters have occurred.

Red Cross was requested for one displaced occupant. (2155)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/19/2020 @ 2155 hours PST

Product Recall | Mini Strollers due to Fall Hazard

 Product Recall Description

A product recall was issued to the general public via the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, an United States of American (USA) consumer protection governmental agency on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Recalled Tango Mini Stroller

This recall involves four models of black Tango Mini Strollers, each with its own model number and identifiable by a uniquely colored bonnet top sold in Quartz Pink (Model Number ST31D09A), Sedona Gray (Model Number ST31D10A), Jet Black (Model Number ST31D11A), and Purest Blue (Model Number ST31D03A).  Model numbers are printed in black on a white sticker located on one of the stroller’s legs.

There are approximately 2,000 strollers affected under this chinese manufactured product and distributed by Baby Trend of Fontana, California.

Recalled stroller model number is printed in black on a white sticker attached to the stroller’s leg

Seller Locations

These strollers were sold between October 2019 and November 2019 for around $100.00 to $200.00 at amazon.com, Target stores and through their online website http://www.target.com.

 

Origin of Products

This product is manufactured in China and chinese products have lately been on a string of recalls broadcasted by the U.S. government agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission or also known as CPSC for short and one we will refer to in this post.

Hazard Description

Both of the stroller’s hinge joints can release and collapse under pressure, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller.  We are unsure of the testing method prior to putting this product on the market. 

There have been no injuries reported.

Both of the stroller’s hinge joints can release and collapse under pressure, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller.

Remedy

Immediately stop using this product and request a replacement or refund.  Baby Trend at 800-328-7363 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (West coast time/Pacific Standard Time) Monday through Friday, e-mail info@babytrend.com or online at www.babytrend.com and click on “Safety Notices” at the bottom of the page for more information.

Source

CPSC = https://nortonsafe.search.ask.com/web?q=google+earth&geo=en_US&prt=&ctype=&o=APN11910&chn=&ver=&tpr=2&ts=1451155128231

#productrecall #CPSCrecall #babysafety #kidsafety

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/18/2020 – 2010 hours PST

US Product Recall | Wood and Masonry Protectors | Recall No. 20-056

The Recall

The Thompson’s Company, a Cleveland, Ohio company issued a product recall for their Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Waterproofing Wood Protector and Masonry Protector in Aerosol Cans on January 14, 2020.

852,000 cans are affected.  Recall # is 20-056.

This recall is due to posing a fire hazard.

“The contents of the cans can react with the package, causing rust to form along the can seam, which could spread to other areas of the can and create pinhole leaks.  Leaking propellant poses a fire hazard when it comes into contact with sources of ignition.  Leaking sealer can also result in property damage.” – CPSC.gov website

What to Do

Consumers should immediately stop using Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Wood Protector and Masonry Protector in aerosol cans, discard the products in accordance with local requirements and contact The Thompson’s Company for a full refund.

Incidents Reported

The Thompson’s Company received approximately 18 reports of leaking cans from retailers.  No injuries, fires, or property damage were reported.

Contact Info

The Thompson’s Company toll-free at 888-304-3769 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, email at thompsonsaerosolrecall@sherwin.com, or online at www.thompsonswaterseal.com and click on “RECALL” for more information.

Purchase Locations

Lowe’s Home Improvement, Walmart, Menards, Home Depot and other stores nationwide from February 2014 through September 2019 for about $8.

Recalled Thompson’s WaterSeal Aerosol Wood and Masonry Protectors

Photo Credit:  The Thompson Company

Product Recall Sources

For more information on which actual cans are being recalled, visit the CPSC.gov website (see recall below) for specifics.

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/The-Thompsons-Company-Recalls-Aerosol-Waterproofing-Wood-and-Masonry-Protectors-Due-to-Fire-Hazard

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted: 1/15/2020 – 2135 Hours PST

Bound Brook Firefighters and Mutual Aid Fight 7-Alarm Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JANUARY 13, 2020 – MONDAY

On Sunday night around 2000 (8pm) hours EST, a massive fire ripped through a 3-story apartment complex under construction located on Mountain Avenue and East Main in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

When firefighters arrived, they immediately escalated the fire  to a multiple alarm fire.  It would soon be necessary to escalate it even higher, as additional units were being requested to respond.   Mutual aid from various areas within the county and even outside their County would respond to the fire, as well as backfilling stations for local area service calls.  The highest level it reached was a seven-alarm fire.

The fire building, a 3-story apartment complex was said to be fully engulfed upon arriving on-scene.  Other exposures would soon be eaten alive by fire, as resources rushed in to try to save them.  Brush fires would be ignited as embers from burning buildings.  So much focus was on their downtown corridor as debris and fires would erupt.  Later the area would be closed off and open to emergency vehicles only.

Photo Credit | NJSPBA

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Fire was reported by a civilian that it had jumped across the street to another building with propane tanks in the basement.  There were evacuations of those in the area of Drake and Talmage.  Resources were moving from South of Talmage to east to Drake.  All-in-all, it was reported about 100 people were evacuated and half of the town’s residents were without power, which constituted around 3,000 customers.

The Union County Neptune Task Force was called in to do structure protection.  Two additional Task Forces were created within Region 5, Somerset County Task Force 1 that were working out of the command post at the Old Toys-R-Us location and Task Force 2 out of Whole Foods.

At one time, communications on their radio system (6 regions. 6 Ops channels), that their Radio Coordinator responded to reorganize the channels.  It was overloading their system and they worked tirelessly to avoid it from crashing from so much fire traffic.

There were reports of rail cars on fire but were quickly extinguished.  There was no NJ Transit in service but Conrail would place trains back in active motion.  A broadcast over Fire Channels warned firefighters to have their situational awareness on when it comes to trains moving again.

Reports of several homes and multiple buildings, including a second apartment complex across the street on East Main burned to the ground.  A few buildings were reported they collapsed in the area as well.  A collapse zone was established to keep people and firefighters out of the danger zone.

There was one minor injury reported: a firefighter ankle.

There was no preliminary cause released by Somerset County Fire and EMS’ Fire Investigator.

Another update will be released today when more information is known.

Thank you to the many firefighters and those who supported them on this difficult and dangerous fire. 

Thank you to our followers for following this story and many others on our Social Media Channels:  @nwfireblog (Twitter & Facebook)  nwfireblog (Instagram)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/13/2020 0840 EST/ 0540 PST

 

Day 11 | The Best of the NW Fire Blog in Fire Images | 365 Photo Challenge

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER  | BOISE, IDAHO

We took a long road trip in September of 2019, stopping and photographing some points-of-interests along the way.  

Fire Fact | 159 USFS wildland firefighters and DOI fire personnel have been deployed to assist with the  Australian bushfires intermittently throughout December 2019 and January 2020.

Though we were on the outside looking in, it was pretty hectic as firefighters responded to the Center ready for deployment and coordination of resources.

Fire Fact | There is a current resource request from Australia for additional U.S. fire mutual aid, which is being coordinated through the NIFC.

It was great to see this is a large organization with multiple facets of fire-related activities at this Center, covering very large areas of real estate.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER (NIFC)

The National Interagency Fire Center located at the Boise Airport in Idaho and is compromised of 55 acres.  It has areas for firefighting equipment, aircraft ramp operations, aircraft retardant tanker operations and administrative functions supporting the mission of wildland fire and other emergencies.

Their main focus is wildland firefighting but they also support other emergency responses, such as flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, riots and terrorist attacks.

Located at the NIFC are the Great Basin Cache and Returns Warehouse, National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), Radio cache, Remoted automated weather stations, Smokejumpers and tours.

They have a great website that provides a lot of fire situation reports, national news and other fire-related information, which can be found at https://www.nifc.gov/

Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 0800 – 1630 hours MST.  There are tours that you can take that usually are available by reservation only.  This is generally during the week and are available by calling for a reservation. The one-to-two hour tour is usually available outside of fire peak season which is during the months of June through September.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/10/2020 @ 2305 hours PST

Missing Retired Canadian Firefighter | Neil Smith

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HAVE YOU SEEN ME?  I HAVE BEEN REPORTED MISSING BY MY FAMILY.

The RCMP and BCPFFA (BC Firefighters) are looking for missing Retired Vacounver Firefighter Neil Smith whom drove away from his Langley home this afternoon around 2pm.

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He has not been seen or heard from by connecting with his family since.

He is said to be driving a grey 2016 Ford 150 truck with license plate # KG 2406.

He is a member of the BCPFFA, a Canadian IAFF local that represents BC’s 4,000 Professionals.

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Police are asking for any details on his whereabouts to reach out to them at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/home

#BringHomeNeilSmith #MissingFirefighter #RetiredFirefighter #Missing #PleaseRetween

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog

Update 1 | 0010 EST | Troy, Ohio | Possible Tornado Touchdown

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Around 2325 hours EST, scanner feed for the Miami County Police, Fire and EMS – Central area began broadcasting about a possible tornado that may have touched down in Troy, Ohio.

INCIDENT STATUS

Lots of damage has been reported, along with many power lines down and gas leaks.

Debris and damaged to commercial buildings have shutdown the downtown corridor.

One report of a chimney into a house was called in with all occupants self-evacuated with no injuries reported.

Traffic collisions have also occurred with one vehicle reported as having a major fuel leak.

Northbound train in Troy is currently not running as power is out in the area.  Services are trying to get it back moving, may be blocking Market Street.

RESPONSES

Both Fire and Police are out responding to calls for service and assisting with rescues.

INFRASTRUCTURE

First Responders are finding power outages in and around neighborhoods, business districts and impacts to their CAD/MDCs in their vehicles.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS – Through the Eyes of Social Media

Tornados in Ohio in January… Yeah, the planet’s totally fine. Everything’s cool. Nothin’ to see here.” – Social Media user.

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“Tornado Warning in Troy / Saint Paris / Christiansburg, Ohio” Until 2245 EST – NWS Wilmington, OH

tornado just tore up my downtown so that’s cool, tornadoes in jan in ohio, totally normal” – Social Media user

Tornado warning in central Ohio with the convection developing and headed toward southern ON overnight. Not expecting any tornadoes here tonight!” – Weather media.

We are supposed to have snow storms in Ohio not tornadoes!” – Social Media.

Severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, remain possible through tonight over portions of the South and northward into parts of the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic.” – NWS

TORNADO HISTORY 

1/4/2019:  50 tornadoes occurred from Iowa to Ohio on Memorial Day. – News Media.

4/3/2019:  Tornado peak season runs from April through July. – News Media.

1940 – 2018:  8  Tornadoes during this time period. – News Media.

ABOUT TROY, OHIO

The City of Troy is the county seat of Miami and located about 19 miles north of Dayton.  Population was last recorded at 26,132 residents in the 2018 census. It is considered to be the 61st largest city in the State of Ohio.

The Police Department is located at 124 East Main Street.  It has 38 Officers and three civilian employees, 3 divisions (Patrol, Detective and Administration).

The Fire Department was established in 1850 with the Troy Hook & Ladder Company and the Troy Bucket Company.

The Department formally organized in the Fall of 1857.  During current times, it now has three fire stations with 37 firefighter-paramedics, a one Training Lieutenant, two Assistant Chiefs and a Fire Chief.  They serve a 74.2 square miles within the city and in three townships.  They average about 5,000 incidents annually.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog

 

 

Day 10 | The Best of the NW Fire Blog in Fire Images | 365 Day Photo Challenge

 

SEATTLE FIRE | MARINE ONE

In March of 2019, we took a trip over to the Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle to see if we could catch a glimpse of any infamous fishing vessels or fire boats.  We were lucky this time and found SFD’s Marine One repositioning themselves in the marina.

A perfect and cold day to photograph them in action and worth the trip over,  no matter where their destination was on that day.

M/V MARINE ONE also known as Fire Boat 1, is a FireStorm 50 (50 foot) model fireboat constructed by MetalCraft Marin of Kingston, Ontario (Canada).

Image may contain: outdoor and water

It can reach speeds up to about 30 knots and fitted with a 200-gallon foam tank for chemically-fueled fires as well as land-based firefighting, rescue and salvage operations in contaminated environments.  Additional capabilities include accomodate EMS treatment, pinpoint people in the water and other hot spots through a imaging camera.

It was put into service in 2006.

Sources:  wikipedia, Social Media

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted: 1/10/2020

Update 2 | California | SR 126 Shutdown due to Major Fire

UPDATE 2 | 2235 hours PST

We are alternating eastbound and westbound traffic through the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes will be blocked to allow for safe clean up. Expect delays. Traffic is flowing slowly.

UPDATE 1 | 2145 Hours PST

The California Highway Patrol – Moorpark Division has shutdown both directions of SR 126, about three miles west of the Los Angeles County line.

Ventura County Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire inside a semi-truck cab that had been stopped on the highway.

Photo Credit | CHP Moorpark

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There have been no injuries reported to the driver, others or fire crews.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog 

Ventura County, California | House Fire | 1

Incident Summary

Ventura County Fire resources were dispatched at 1929 hours on Friday, January 10, 2020, to a structure fire in the 100 block of Alviso Drive in Camarillo Estates, California.

Photo Images Credit | VCFD PIO

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Resources

Fire Units: Ventura County FD’s B14, 2, 21, 28; DIV 11, 12; Engines 155, 161, 35, 50, 55, 64, 68; EMS 48, 63; IO12; IV13; LA57; LOGS; ME125, 134, 6; MED451; SQ50; Trucks 35, 54 and 68.

Human Services:  American Red Cross.

Traffic Control:  CHP – Ventura Division.

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Operations

First due units arriving on-scene reported the fire in the attic of a two-story very large home.

Due to being a difficulty for crews to reach the attic fire, a second-alarm was requested through Dispatch.

Primary searches throughout the very large home was reported with the fire being well-established in the attic.

Firefighters’ egress of this fire for over 40 minutes proved successfully resulting in a knockdown of the fire.

They will be on-scene for many more hours throughout the night for overhaul operations, as well as working to cool the fire and running themselves and their equipment through a DECON line.

Evacuations

All six occupants were either self-evacuated or helped by others and have been accounted for. They have been displaced by the fire but the American Red Cross is on-scene assisting them for the evening.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/10/2020 @ 2215 Hours PST