Texan Firefighters Respond to 2-Alarm Commercial Fire

Incident Summary

Firefighters from the Austin Fire were dispatched to a commercial building fire located in the 6800 block of East US 290 in Austin (Travis County), Texas.

First Due Images

Firefighters arriving on-scene were met with this fiery image of the structure being fully engulfed and the Incident Commander escalated the first alarm to a second alarm around 1513 PST/1713 CST.

Fire Operations

Firefighters quickly egressed on the fire and were able to knock down most of the fire aroudn 1748 PST/1948 CST with containing damage to the fire building. Exposure buildings were saved and not being reported as damaged or destroyed.

The fire building, a 16-unit structure is considered to be a total loss.

Location of Fire Building

These are the Menlo at Mueller, luxurious homes centralized near Highways 290 and 183 and near Interstate 5, as well as near Austin’s city center, shopping, dining and recreational districts.

Credit | Zillow

Cause

No word on the cause of the fire and no preliminary report has been released yet.

The cause is under investigation.

Injuries

No reports of injuries to residents, the public or to firefighters were reported.

Evacuee Resources

The American Red Cross was called to help an unknown number of residents. The property manager was also said to be assisting with their tenants’ needs.

ABOUT AUSTIN, TEXAS

Austin is a vibrant City that proudly is host to many great venues with shopping, entertainment, recreational and additional opportunities in mind for all walks of life.  It is also a fabulous place to photograph, as you can see in the image below. Credit:  Michael Barera (under the Creative Common or CC SA 4.0)

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The City is the Capital of Texas and the largest in Travis County and considered one of the most populated cities in Texas. Texas is home to 964,254 residents, as of their 2018 census records.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/20 @ 1850 PST/2050 CST.

 

Four Lives Remembered: The Seattle Fire Four

THE DIRTY DEED

Today, we remember the four lives that were stolen from us back on January 5, 1995, when an arson fire set by Martin Pang, the son of the owners of the Mary Pang Chinese Food Company in hopes of collecting a  large insurance sum of money.

Credit | US Fire Administration 

A man described by his ex-wifes and former girlfriends, say his threats of violence came in the form of setting fires and they reported his intentions to the Seattle Police and Fire Departments prior to the deadly incident.

The determined cause of the fire was ruled as arson and Martin Pang, the son was charged.  He would flee to Brazil knowing they have no extridite policy.  After three years of diplomatic delays, he would come back to the United States and make a plea deal instead of fighting to be extridited.

In the end, he was charged with 35 years but would only serve 20 years for “good behavior”.  Challenges to allow him to be released sooner than his sentence, all efforts failed and angered many.

CALL DETAILS

At 1902 hours, Seattle Fire Dispatch initially received a 9-1-1 call from a reporting party, a band member who occupied one of the rooms within an adjacent building to the Mary Pang Chinese Food Company warehouse.  They reported smoke seeping into their practice room.

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Courtesy | Pierce Co Firefighters

A 1st alarm or full response, as it is known today, was dispatched by the Seattle Fire Alarm Center (FAC).  Five engines, two ladder trucks, one aid unit (BLS), one Medic unit (ALS), Air Support and two Command Staff were immediately deployed at 1903 PST.

They would respond to the 800 block of 7th Avenue in Seattle, Washington on January 5, 1995.  This was known as the Mary Pang Chinese Food warehouse, a food-processing plant that prepared  pre-made food that was distributed to area grocery stores.

This building had been operating successfully in this location for 20 years prior to this incident.  It was located in the busy portion of the International District of Seattle and only a few blocks from the former Kingdome.

FIRE OPERATIONS

First due units reported a well-involved building fire and pulled a pre-connect to a nearby hydrant.  Some reported fire at the rear of the structure and from a small shed, this was later identified as an employee lunchroom that had been “added on” to the structure.  One of the crews initiated a forcible entry, then were tasked with raising ground ladders to proceed with Roof Operations and to cut a hole in the roof for vertical ventilation.

Fire crews were working on opposite sides of the building.   Once inside, they found a few spot fires and immediately knocked them down.  These were mostly near the ground floor level. Crews were working in adverse conditions that included zero visibility, having to move around equipment and stored materials blindly and very slowly.  Some interior temps were reported hot enough to keep them in crouched positions but they did not distinguish as being abnormal.

Fire in some parts of the building were cool, while crews found a small fire burning in the basement of the building.  Initials reports indicate they thought there were only two floors and were unaware of a basement in this building.

At some point during fire operations, the building was said to have rumbled and flames erupted from the basement as the floor began to collapse.  An unanticipated flaw (one of many key issues raised by the Fire Investigative report) in the structure, caused the “pony wall” to fail which dropped the ends of the floor joists and sending sections of wood and concrete floor down into the basement.   Flames then began to spread across the underside of the roof and what was on  the ground floor began to catch on fire in a rapid flashover sequence.

Two Fire Lieutenants and two Firefighters also disappeared into the fire, while seven  firefighters and one Lieutenant  bailed out of windows and doors suffering burns to their necks, ears, wrists and one hand.  No one on the outside knew what was happening on the inside.

Hot and heavy smoke began billowing out of doors and through a small hole in the roof where they ventialated the smoke.  Smoking Firefighters’ PPE (Firefighters protection personal equipment) were visible as those on the outside watched the rapid events unfolding before their eyes.

1st Alarm units were aware of the arson threat but they were unaware of the multiple rennovations done on this building over its 85-year history.  There were several crucial failures on this day.

THE WORST NIGHTMARE EVER

Abandon the Building tones were broadcasted over radio transmissions. The FAC notifified command that they received an emergency activation alert.  It was determined that it was not coming from one but two firefighter radios.   Later learned, four firefighters were found to be missing.

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Credit | FEMA

Search-and-rescue missions were immediately coordinated by crews to look for the missing four and tracking their last-known-locations. Rescue efforts continued but then the risk to the rescuers would be far greater to them.

All efforts were ceased due to the amount of time missing and extreme risk to rescuers themselves.  This would weigh on many firefighters then, now and most likely, in the future.

Firefighters were forced to abandon the building and return to firefighting suppression efforts, including using masterstreams to control the fire.

All four firefighters were rescued from the demolished building but it would take a total of three sombering days.

LESSONS LEARNED

A lot has changed within the City of Seattle and around the country, since this incident happened in 1995, but we can tell you that this event and what transpired still affects firefighters, both active and retired to this day.  It brings tears to many and anger to others as they say this could have been easily prevented.

Since, this date – a lot has happened in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

  • Survivors (Firefighters Families) were awarded $450,000 – $5.6 Million in damage lawsuits against the City of Seattle. SFD, 75% liable. Martin Pang, 25% liable.
  • Seattle Fire has made great strides to changing their accountability, risk-management, pre-fire planning, 360* size ups of their buildings, progress reports to name just a few.

THE SEATTLE FIRE FOUR  – Through the Eyes of the World

We would like to dedicate this post to the Seattle Fire Four, who lost their lives on this day in 1995.  We will continue to remember your accomplishments in the living, the impacts you had on your communities and the Legacies you left us all to behold.

Today, we remember those Lost and their Legacies left behind.  It is what we can only do in the present.

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Credit | Seattle Fire/IAFF Local 27

SEATTLE FIRE DEATHS – Always Remember, Never Forgotten

1891 | Firefighter Herman Larson.

1899 | Fire Engineer Charles E Brabon.

1910 | Captain JN Longfellow.

1914 | Firefighter Patrick Cooper.

1917 | Battalion Chief Fred G. Gilham and Firefighter Ole G. Rust.

1920 | Firefighter Charles F. Lacasse.

1923 | Captain Horace E. Roberts.

1924 | Firefighter William E. Shuberg.

1925 | Firefighter Cecil McKenzie.

1927 | Firefighter Darwin T. Lund.

1928 | Firefighter Charles E. Wheeler.

1937 | Fire Captain Albert S. Wolpert.

1938 | Firefighter Theodore R. Cousland.

1943 | Firefighter Luther D. Bonner.

1945 | Captain Andrew G. Beattie.

1947 | Firefighter Fred O. Larson.

1949 | Firefighters Jack W. McGee and Glen S. Murphy.

1957 | Firefighter James Willey.

1964 | Firefighter John F. Herron.

1966 | Captain Harold W. Webb.

1968 | Firefighter Henry C. Gronnerud.

1976 | Firefighter Gerald Miller.

1983 | Firefighter Lisa J. LOng.

1984 | Firefighter Mary R. Mathews.

1987 | Firefighter Robert d. Earhart.

1989  | Lieutenant Mathew W. Johnson.

1991 | Firefighter Donald L. Perry.

1995 | Firefighters James T. Brown and Randall R. Terlicker. Lieutenants Walter D. Kilgore and Gregory A. Shoemaker.

1996 | Firefighter Gary V. Medica.

2004 | Deputy Chief Gerald N. Moberg.

2005 | Firefighter Nathaniel Ford.

2008 | Firefighter Timothy J. Heelan and Battalion Chief James H. Scragg.

2009 | Battalion Chief David H. Jacobs and Firefighter Stephen Lohr.

2010 | Deputy Chief Jesse F. Youngs.

2011 | Firefighter Jeffrey Brit.

2013 | Firefighter Jess Hernandez.

2014 | Firefighters Keith I. Johnson and Wallace F. Goulet.

2015 | Firefighter Joshua Milton.

2016 | Firefighters Tristan Smith, Scott Steed and Captain Craig Aman.

2018 | Firefighter Marvin Larry.

Sources:  FEMA/Homeland Security, Seattle Fire, IAFF Local 27, Social Media, news media.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 1/5/2020 @ 1835 hours PST

 

Seattle Feels Pain of Protests | 2

Seattle Police are being faced with protesters throwing bottles and rocks at their Officers.  Those that were the culprits have been arrested and taken to jail.

Several suspects were seen with sticks in hand.  Those who had damaged patrol cars were being investigated and searched for by police to be arrested.

After protesters began dissipating around 1330 hours, traffic and bus routes were being allowed to resume as normal. Officers demobilzed from the downtown area and recalled to their respective service areas.

They are still continuing to monitor areas as needed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1500 hours PST

 

#SeattlePolice #SeattlePD #Demonstrations

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/5/2020 – 1235 PST

Seattle Police Officers Heavily Secure City Hall Plaza | 1

Seattle Police released a presser via Twitter late this morning that they would be providing public safety and traffic management services to two separate demonstrations, one with a permit to City Hall Plaza and one without.

As the demonstrations began to heat up, the second group began to occupy City Hall Plaza and refused to move out.  After a short time, they finally were dispelled from the area, enabling the permitted first group to move-into the area.

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Credit | @SeattlePD

Sounded like someone was involved in an altercation with Officers and claimed he was hurt. Seattle Fire was called to respond to the area.    No Officers were hurt and the situation was quickly brought under control.

While Officers were clearing the building, they found a potential deadly weapon left behind.  In looking at this photo, you can see what looks like cloth over the board with bolts protruding.

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Credit | @SeattlePD

If you look more closer, the above two photos relate to the one down below.  Officers are taking all precautions to protect the public and all fellow Law Enforcement.   They will arrest anyone who causes harm against any and all persons.

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Seattle believes in free speech, but to cause bodily harm or property destruction will not be tolerated and its Police forces will attempt to stop any mayhem from occurring.

Seattle Police are using bicycles, fencing and other barriers to allow both groups to demonstrate peacefully.

This is an on-going protest.

#SeattlePolice #SeattlePD #Demonstrations

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/5/2020 – 1235 PST

Austin-Travis County Firefighters Knock Down Fire

Austin – Travis County Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the 13000 block of Briarcreek Loop in Manor, Texas, on the evening of Saturday, January 4, 2020.  Fire Command was established as BRIARCREEK COMMAND.

1st Alarm units included: E1202, 1201, 41, 48; Quints 18, 40. Battalions 1201, 07; FM 1202 and BT 1201.

Upon arrival, smoke and fire was showing and firefighters were in an offensive fire attack.  RIT was immediately established. (1901 CST)

A 360* was completed all around the structure, a two-story home with an one-story attached garage. Fire on the charlie side.  Crews were able to knock down the flames quickly. (1902 CST)

Water supply was established by Quint 18.  Battalion 7 arrived on-scene shortly thereafter. Command was set-up on the Alpha/Delta side of the structure. (1903 CST)

Lots of smoke on the interior but crews found no heat.  (1915 CST)

They would continue to pull ceiling to check for any extensions. With none found, they were busy with smoke reduction. (1918 CST)

The Fire Marshal was requested. (1929 CST).  No cause is known at this time.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 Hours CST 

UPDATE | South SnoCo Firefighters Tap Lynnwood House Fire

South Snohomish County Firefighters were dispatched at 1249 hours PST to a multi-story house fire in the 5600 block of 169th Place SE in Lynnwood, Washington on Saturday, January 4, 2020. 

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Credit | Andrew Kim (granted permission)

Eyewitness accounts reported the attic entirely fully engulfed with potential exposures.

1st Alarm resources included:    B21, E15, E23, L10, L14, TR21, A15, B15, M10 2nd Alarm E16, E17, E18 L72, M11, CH11, B11 and Air 10.

Most 2nd alarm resources were quickly released shortly after their arrival.

Firefighters multiple hot spots and egressed, tapping the fire shortly thereafter arriving on-scene.

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Credit | South County Fire

Primary and secondary searches of the entire structure was completed with nothing found.

Fire Investigators have not released the cause of this fire.  It is still under investigation and the preliminary cause has not been released at the time of this  post.

Lynnwood Police Officers provided traffic control near the fire incident, which was closed off to drivers and only open to Emergency vehicles.

No injuries to any citizens or firefighters were reported.

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#LynnwoodWAFire #SouthSnoCountyFire #HouseFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/4/2020 – 1415 PST – Updated 1615 PST

 

 

Snohomish County Firefighters Respond to Lynnwood House Fire

South County Firefighters were dispatched to a multi-story house fire in the 5600 block of 169th Place SE in Lynnwood, Washington in the early afternoon on Saturday, January 4, 2020. 

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Credit | Andrew Kim (granted permission)

Eyewitness accounts reported the attic entirely fully engulfed with potential exposures.

A second alarm of fire personnel with additional equipment were immediately dispatched.  Firefighters would quickly knock down the interior fire and work on several hot spots.

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Credit | South County Fire

Primary and secondary searches of the entire structure was completed with nothing found.

Fire Investigators have not released the cause of this fire.  It is still under investigation and the preliminary cause has not been released at the time of this  post.

Lynnwood Police Officers provided traffic control near the fire incident, which was closed off to drivers and only open to Emergency vehicles.

No injuries to any citizens or firefighters were reported.

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#LynnwoodFire #SouthCountyFire #HouseFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/4/2020 – 1415 PST

 

 

New Fire Chief Takes Oath of Office, Room Erupts in Applause

CONGRATULATIONS, CHIEF PENNINGTON!

Congratulations are in order for former South King Fire & Rescue’s Assistant Fire Chief Vic Pennington, sworn in by Judge Dave Larson on December 27, 2019, as the Fire Department’s new Fire Chief.

In attendance was the Chief’s family, Fire Comissioners, City of Des Moines Council and countless firefighters. After being sworn to take the Oath of Office, news media present reported the room broke out in applause.

Chief Pennington takes the helm of the Fire Department which has a service area of 41-square miles for areas in the Federal Way, Des Moines and unincorporated areas in King County, Washington.  It’s area includes about 150,000 residents and vistors alike at any give time.

He has held positions as Assistant Fire Chief and Deputy Chief for the Department according to his Social Media profile.

They have fully staffed stations, which one includes their Headquarters and the other a Training Division.

Stations include:

FEDERAL WAY

#61 – 3203 South 360th Street

#62 – 31716 1st Avenue South (Headquarters)

#63 – 33414 21st Avenue Southwest

DES MOINES

#66 – 27010 15th Avenue South

#67 – 2238 South 223rd Street

UNINCORPORATED KING COUNTY

#64 – 3700 South 320th Street, Auburn

#65 – 4966 South 298th Street, Auburn

#SouthKingFireRescue    #SKFRFireChief #FCPennington

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/29/2019 – 00:35 hours PST

Shooting in Portland’s Mill Park Neighborhood

PORTLAND, OREGON

Incident Summary

A shooting took place on Saturday, December 28, 2019, in the Mill Park area in Portland, Oregon. The approximate location is the 12700 block of SE Salmon Street.

East Precinct Officers from the Portland Police Department arrived aroud 1737 hours to find a male with a single gunshot wound (GSW) and was transported to the hospital with series injuries.

No suspects were at the scene nor have been arrested at the time of this post.

The Gun Violence Reduction Team has been deployed to help Detectives with this investigation.

Police are asking for the Public’s help in this case in if you have any information related to this shooting or have any tips, please contact the Portland PD’s non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

Hashtags

#PortlandORShooting

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/29/2019 – 00:01 hours PST

Car Crashes Into House in North Strabane Township, PA

Incident Summary

Scanner feed began broadcasting about a vehicle into a home call  located in the 500 block of Taylor Drive in the North Strabane Township area in Pennsylvania.

This occurred early morning on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

Current Status

Because of the home was hit by the vehicle, it was said to have suffered extreme structural damage.

The occupant(s) was/were being extricated at the time of this post.

The IC requested additional units to bring equipment to help stablize the home due to the extensive damage it suffered.

One female occupant was displaced by this incident and RED CROSS was called for assistance.

Resources

Fire personnel responded from Washington City Fire and EMS Services (Zone 1).

#NorthStrabane

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 12/28/2019 – 2350 PST