Helicopter Crash Kills 9 People, Including NBA Star Kobe Bryant and Daughter | 2

Update 2 – Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A private helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76E carrying NBA Legend Kobe Bryant, 41 and his daughter, Gianna (Gigi), 13, along with six other passengers and pilot were killed when their aircraft crashed on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

The first due Engine (LACoFD) 125 arrived on-scene to report there were an unknown number of injuries and the aircraft’s fuselage on fire.  This spread into nearby brush, causing a .25 acre fire.  Both the fuselage and the brush fire were quickly put out.

“Today, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Jennifer Homendy from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), provided updates on the crash investigation.

Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has identified four of the victims from the crash as Kobe Bryant, John Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Ara Zobayan.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to their families.

As of today, we have lifted all road closures, which were previously intact. This includes Las Virgenes Road in its entirety, and the north and south bound exits of the 101 freeway.

The crash site is now a hazmat scene, our security detail will remain intact and it is still a misdemeanor crime to access the site. It continues to be patrolled by deputy personnel, who are utilizing ATVs and horseback to navigate their way around the rugged terrain.

We ask that people stay out of these areas until the hazmat clean-up is complete and has been re-opened to the public. – LA County Sheriff’s Office. 1/28/2020. Released 2040 PST.

Photo Credit:  LASD

Image

When word began to spread like wildfire across Social Media with tributes to the great mega star, the Sheriff’s Office was disappointed and found it to be disrespectful by having multiple news outlets already announcing his death before the Medical Examiner had a a chance to recover the victims and made notifications to their next-of-kin.

The story broke of one person on the flight but later confirmed by his son, he was not on the aircraft and was alive and well.

The internet was lit on fire and it seemed like this story broke the internet.  It has been slowly recoverying even throughout today, it has been very slow.

We chose to delay reporting the identities until the Sheriff’s Office released that information and for out of respect to their families.

“We are saddened by their deaths and continue to keep their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers. “

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PST

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Family Loses a Local Hero In Action

Blewett Pass, Washington | At around 1545 hours PST on January 23rd, fire sources from Chelan County Fire District #6, Cascade Medical Center and Deputies from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident off of Blewett Pass in Washington State.

Photo Credit:  Chelan County Fire District #6 / Blewett Pass FD

Image may contain: 4 people

Kimiko Nalle, 46, was found buried in snow that had fallen from home’s roof.  EMS personnel attempted to revive her.  Nalle was a 26-year employee with the US Forest Service working her way up to IC on a local IMT (Incident Management Team) and as a volunteer Firefighter with Chelan County Fire District 6, for 17 years.

She is survived by her husband,  Chelan County Fire District 3 Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Dave Nalle and formerly with the USFS (now retired).

There are no services or memorials scheduled yet.

If you’d like to support her family, please send cards or letters of condolences to The Nalle Family in care of Chelan County Fire District #3, 228 Chumstick Highway, Leavenworth, WA 98826.  To help with financial support, you can make a donation in Kimiko’s name to The Kimiko Nalle Memorial Fund at any Cashmere Valley Bank.

Here are some of the kind words spoken about Kimiko:

“Kimiko was a fabulous neighbor and member of the fire community.”

“The world has lost a great soul. Kimiko was a strong voice of integrity and spirit.”

“I can’t believe this. Kimiko was such a great person and an asset to the fire community.”

“From Entiat to Cle Elum Kimiko provided a wealth of knowledge to our great profession. ”

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1615 hours PST

Helicopter Down | MCI | Calabasas, California | 1

Update 1 – Sunday – January 26, 2020

The Los County Sheriff’s Office received reports at 1000 hours of a downed aircraft on the hillside at Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street in Calabasas.  Deputies from the Malibu area were immediately on-scene. Unknown injuries. (1014)

LA County FD’s Engine 125 arrived on-scene of a helicopter down with an unknown number of injuries.  At the same time, it was reported the fuselage was on fire and contained possible magnesium. (1025)

Photo Credit:  LASD

Image

The aircraft has been identified as a Sikorsky S-76E (helicopter) via aircraft data plate recovered on scene.

The fire was stopped and it was reported there were five fatalies with no survivors. (1035)

Photo Credit: LASD

Image

The LA County PIO released a statement to news media around 1130 hours:

“Bikers were in the area and saw a helicopter in distress and called it in. It hit the side of the mountainside, which is away from the main roadway and firefighters had to lay a couple hundred feet of hose.  There was some magnesium and they were working to put the fire out.   We don’t know who is on board or where they were coming from or going to.  The NTSB is investigating the crash.”

Battalion 5 assumed command as “Willow IC”.   Officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is also assisting on-scene. (1136)

Photo Credit:

Image

Social media began reporting NBA Star Kobe Bryant, 41 and his daughter, Giggi, 14 were on his private helicopter along with several unknown parties.  We have been trying to find verified sources reporting this but due to the popularity of this story, it seems the internet is broken including Twitter.

Lots of messages being sent to his wife, Vanessa Bryant.  It is being said he is survived by his wife and four daughters.  We are waiting for the official cause of the accident but some are speculating adverse weather conditions.

We will provide updates as soon as we receive further information.

The LA County Sheriff’s Office will be releasing their presser today at 1400 hours PST at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station located at 27050 Agoura Raod in Calabasas, California.  This will also include LA County Fire Department’s Chief Osby, along with additional authorities.

Posted 1325 hours PDT

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.

Stock Photo

Stock Photo (c) NW Fire Blog

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

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

Image

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

Image

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.

Image

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.

Image

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.

Image

“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

Image

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

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog