MCI | Crane Topples On To Cars Below in Seattle | 1

SEATTLE, Wa.  |  A crane on the top of a building toppled on to several cars below in the area of Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street on  Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2019.

Toppled crane | Credit: SDOT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched to the area as a Mass Casualty Incident or MCI as it is more commonly called.  Seattle Fire’s CAD system showed the incident as a heavy rescue – major.

‘”The incident at Fairview Ave N and involved a crane that fell into traffic. 5 cars were crushed. There are a total of 4 fatalities, and 3 injured patients that have been transferred to the hospital.”

– Seattle Fire Department PIO

RESOURCES

Fire Units

At 1527 hours or 3:27 pm, West Coast time, Seattle Fire resources included:

Air Units 10 and 240-260.

Battalions 2, 5, 4 and 6.

Deputy 1, Safety 2, Staff 10, PIO and Chaplain 7. MCI 1.

Aid Units 2, 5, 14 and 25.  Medics 1, 10, 17, 18 and 44 (Supervisor).

Engines 2, 5, 8, 9,  17,  20, 21, 22, 25 and 34.

Ladders 1, 4,  6, 9 and 10.

Heavy Rescue 1.

Majority of fire resources were starting to go back into service around 1700 hours PDT, while others were still assigned to the MCI Incident.

Seattle Police

WSDOT 

Several Incident Response Team personnel were dispatched to shutdown the Mercer Street on/off ramp off of I-5.  (WSDOT)

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Mercer Street

All WB and EB lanes closed at Mercer St at Fairview Ave. Fallen crane on west side of Fairview Ave N and Mercer St intersection. (SDOT 1533 PDT, Alert expected to expire 2359 PDT)

Please avoid travelling near Fairview Avenue and Mercer Street. Roads are closed while emergency personnel respond to a fallen construction crane. Expect and plan for traffic impacts in the surrounding areas. PIO Michaud en route to the scene. (Seattle Police)

SR99

NB | On the SR 99 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 33) there is a disabled vehicle partially blocking the ramp. (WSDOT 1635 hours PDT)

I-5 

SB | On I-5 southbound at Anderson Rd (MP 225) there is a collision blocking the right lane. The Incident Response Team and the State Patrol have arrived on the scene. (WSDOT 1619 PDT)

NB | Update 4:09 PM : On the I-5 northbound off-ramp to Mercer St (MP 166) there is an incident blocking the ramp and the left general purpose lane. Medical Aid, Fire Assistance, the Incident Response Team, and Seattle Police have arrived on the scene.  (WSDOT 1610 PDT)

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Construction crane toppled from top of multi-story building.
  • Crane fell atop of multiple number of cars, killing several people.
  • Heavy equipment was seen laying across several lanes of traffic.
  • All lanes blocked.
  • 4 people killed, 3 others injured.

CAUSE

The cause of today’s accident is unknown but we will update as soon as investigators determine it.

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York Firefighters Injured In Structure Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Around 1328 hours EDT on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, a fire ripped through the former Weaver Organ and Piano factory, a multiple story commercial warehouse.

The 4-alarm fire started on Wednesday evening on March 21,2018, from an unknown cause.

Photo Credit | York City Fire

LOCATION

The commercial structure was formerly a Piano factory that was in the process of being converted into loft apartments at Philadelphia and Broad Streets, called the Weaver Point Lofts.

It is located in the 100 block of N Broad Street & Walnut Streets in York, Pennsylvania.

Photo Credit | York City Fire

FIRE OPERATIONS

Fire crews remained on scene into the wee hours (0300 hours EDT) on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Photo Credit | York City Fire Department

MAY DAY

A mayday was called after the fourth floor of the brick mortar structure began to crumble while firefighters were working on hot spots.  The floor then completely collapsed on top of four firefighters that were interior, entrapping them.

Their conditions were reported as serious and were transported to a nearby hospital.  Two of the four firefighters were reported as having died at a local hospital.

RESOURCES

Reports of many firefighters were called in to assist with the collapse bringing in about 100-200 personnel.  Some of them were said to be retired firefighters.

PRESSERS

York City Mayor Michael Helfrich gave a presser on Thursday on the deadly fire and the killing of two of its firefighters that died at York Hospital.

Photo Credit | York City Mayor Michael Helfrich’s Office

“Our local emergency responders are there for us in our time of need. Tonight, we need to be there for them.

A firefighter died today when a wall collapsed at the site of a fire yesterday in the City of York. Other responders are fighting for their lives right now at York Hospital.

Every time the bell rings, every time the siren sounds, the men and women of our police and fire departments and ambulance services leave their posts, not knowing just what they will be asked to deal with. It is a task not all of us can do, and for that we should be eternally grateful to them.

Our hearts are heavy tonight for the fraternity of firefighters in the City of York, as well as the families of their deceased and injured colleagues.”

PA State Rep Kristin Phillips-Hill

REMEMBERING THEIR LEGACY

We remember these two fallen York City Fire and Rescue Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zach Anthony who were part of the IAFF Local 627 York Professional Firefighters.

Photo Credit | Bordentown IAFF 5065

HAPPENING NOW

In New York City, a MAY DAY was called when a FDNY firefighter went missing during a 4-Alarm Fire in Manhattan at a 5-story multiple dwelling.  That firefighter was rescued and transported to a nearby hospital. This was as of 2047 hours PDT on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  His/her condition is unknown at this time this article was published.

OUR SINCERE SYMPATHIES

Though we are not firefighters or Police Officers ourselves, we do know many of you personally and we have volunteered in various capacities in taking care of you on the fire ground.  We have seen firsthand what you all see, hear and feel when you share with us your stories and experiences of what it is like.

Hearing a MAY DAY of a downed firefighter makes all of us more keen to what is happening.  To hear about two firefighter LODDs and two others seriously injured, it breaks our souls and hearts into tiny pieces.

We send our sincere sympathies, prayers and thoughts to Firefighters Flanscha and Anthony’s families, Fire families, friends and those who were touched by their impact upon their lives and in their communities.  We are so sorry for your loss.

#NeverForget

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

Ecuador’s Land Mass Shaken, Causes Massive Disaster

JAPAN SHAKEN BY SEVERAL CATASTROPHIES

Japan has endured over 100-plus earthquakes since it was shaken by one such major event on Thursday, April 14, 2016, when a 6.2M struck at 2126 hours.  Located 4.3 miles of Ueki and near the City of Kumamoto caused quite a bit of damage and up to nine deaths related to the earthquakes.

Several smaller quakes in the range of 4.3-5.9 continued several times a day on a daily basis.  A second quake of 6.0M that has not been much covered by media or other agencies that occurred 3.7 miles East of Uto, Japan.  The third and most destructive, as well as deadliest was a 7.0M that appeared as a major catastrophic quake with its epicenter 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-Shi on Saturday around 0125 Hours.

At the first glance, initial reports released said there were an additional 32 deaths on Saturday bringing the total to 41 killed.

The PM Office of Japan released a formal statement regarding the status of its infrastructure, search and rescue operations and many other significant events unfolding during their disaster recovery operations.

Approximately, 100,000 have been without power, while 105,000 residents are without gas and a total of 420,000 are without water.  The Government reported they have been handing out water and other disaster supplies to residents.  They were working diligently to get the basic water supply up and running again.

As of yesterday, the Japanese government reported 35 deaths confirmed and 190 have been severely injured.  Those with minor injuries were said to be just over 800 people.   Personnel from the government military forces, Coast Guard, police and fire agencies were said to be mainly focusing on the Village of Minamiaso due to reports of those trapped under many buildings, structures and homes.

Mount Aso was reportedly have erupted due to the second quake.  No word other than its eruption has been reported so we are assuming it is not as critical as the main City which is the home to over 730,000 residents.

While Japan was working on Search and rescue missions all over their City, Ecuador was shaken by a very large Earthquake bringing to light many more injuries and deaths occurring.

ECUADOR GETS A RUDE AWAKENING

On the evening of April 16, 2016, a 7.8M earthquake violently shook Ecuador’s coastal town of Esmeraldas province.

The depth of the quake was recorded at a shallow distance of 19.2km but residents reported it as being a violent motion of shaking.

A tsunami warning immediately followed stating that tidal waves may reach 0.3 – 1 meter above tidal wave levels on the Country’s coastline.  An alert was also issued for Hawaii  (U.S.) PSTC and for Australia’s ATWC as well. No reports of large tsunami damaging waves in either three locations listed.

equador quake

Photo Credit:  United States Geological Survey – http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20005j32#shakemap, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48225555

A State of Emergency has been issued by the Government.  Reports of roads being badly damaged, bridges collapsing and the water supply being greatly affected.  This earthquake has been listed as one of the worst quakes since the last one in 1979.

Those working or living in buildings over 100 miles away in other Cities reported feeling them shake.  No known reports of injuries occurred have been received.  The death toll in Ecuador has reached 246 with two being from Quebec, Canada. Over 1550 have been injured.

Incident Cooperators are from Samaritans Purse, UNICEF providing water kits and tents, WorldVision, Ecuadorian Red Cross that has over 800 volunteers and staff on the ground providing health teams, hospital units, psychological support and first aid; hundreds are in SAR operations mode; 10,000 Ecuadorian military troops and 3500 Police Officers.   The Red Cross in Spain and Peru are on standby if needed to assist the Ecuadorian Red Cross along with Mercy Corps.

AFTERSHOCKS TO CONTINUE

Expectations of additional aftershocks are normal, says the U.S.G.S.   These can occur hours, days and weeks after the main earthquake.  Aftershocks can cause additional building damage and falling debris that can seriously injure you.  Both Countries are reporting a range of aftershocks occurring sometimes mutliple times during each day and on a daily basis.

SOCIAL MEDIA

#EcuadorEarthquake

#EcuadorEarthquake2016

 

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