Disaster News | Train Derailment in Ellis County (KS) | 1

Incident Summary | A train derailment has been reported on 9th and Allen in Hays (Ellis County), Kansas.  Fire Department on-scene reported three Ethanol cars on the tracks with no leaks and under control (1520 PDT). However, there were additional reports of several train cars on their sides.

Staging | Staging is on 11th and Allen.

ICP | Command Post is at the accident scene at 9th and Hays.

Resources | Ellis County Fire & Rescue, Ellis County SO.

We are working to gain more information on this incident and will provide an update when it has been received.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1525 hours PDT on 7/14/2019 (Sunday).

NORWAY | Cruise Ship Limps Into Port | Update 2

MOLDE,  Norway | On March 23, 2019, around 1400 hours (Norwegian time), the VIKING SKY, a cruiser liner owned by Norwegian parent company VIKING Ocean Cruises sent  out a Mayday due to loss of their power engine.  The engine was unable to be restarted but has since the cruise ship lost complete power and was assisted by several tug boats back to the nearest port.

Credit | Rade Kors (Norwegian Red Cross)

The ship was seen on video from passengers and media news outlets of a large cruise liner listing from side-to-ship as it was being battled by heavy winds.  Video of the interior also showed ceiling tiles falling on passengers and furniture swaying from side of the boat to the other.

The Norwegian Coast Guard and mutual aid worked throughout the afternoon and into the evening with the assistance of five helicopters, began the painstaking and the very dangerous rescue mission of plucking one passenger at a time.

At the time the Mayday went out by the ship, there were over 1300 passengers and crew on board.

Red Cross members gather | Credit: Norges Rode Kors

CURRENT STATUS

Around 0100 hours (West Coast time) on March 24, 2019, passengers from the VIKING Star were received at the Hustadvika evacuation center. They received dry clothes, blankets and first aid.  The Norwegian Red Cross aka Norges Rode Kors said they were seeing bruises, broken bones and cuts. Many of the passengers were in need of emotional and mental health support from a hand to hold, a shoulder to lean on or someone to talk to.

SOCIAL MEDIA EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Note:  All hours listed are West Coast time due to the time difference. These are the times listed on Social Media.

1300 hours, March 24, 2019 | The VIKING Sky can be seen sitting in port via the ** Live ** Webcam in Molde here.

0603 hours, March 24, 2019 | The VIKING Sky is safe.  It is near the port of Molde.

Credit | Internet

0015 hours, March 24, 2019 | The tugs are attached and we are about to turn towards the nearest port.

2158 hours, March 23, 2019 |  Current position of the VIKING Sky via an AIS radio transponder showed three rescue vessels VIVAX, OCEAN RESPONSE, NORMAND RANGER on a marine traffic map along with two additional SAR vessels heading towards the listing cruise liner.

2144 hours, March 23, 2019 | Volunteers from the Auxilliary corps are in place at the Evakuertcenter at Brynshallen in Hustadvika order and ready to take care of evacuees from the VIKING Sky.

2127 hours, March 23, 2019 | 297 passengers has been evacuated by helicopter rescue. (0450 hours March 24, 2019, Norway time)

1706 hours, March 23, 2019 | On board the (Ship), the crew is doing an amazing job on tending to our needs. The galley has been damaged with broken glass, wine bottles, dishes, etc. The (crew) yet has managed to make us sandwiches, bring water and keep us calm.

1448 hours, March 23, 2019 | The aftermath of a door being blown open after a massive wave that hit the ship is an eye-opener as seen in this video.  Credit | Ryan Flynn (@RyanDFlynn11).

HOW TO REACH LOVED ONES

The VIKING Ocean Cruises have a hotline that family members of passengers can call to find out about more details.  The US/AU booked guests line is 1-888-889-8837 or for UK booked guests, you can call 07585 779 853 or 0208 780 7900.

Thank you for following this post.  We are sending out thoughts and prayers to all who have been impacted by this Cruise Ship Disaster from being impacted by the rescues to being welcomed in to the Evacuation Center. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

Disaster News | Wilkes-Barre Township, PA Struck by Tornado | 1

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Penn.  – A tornado warning went into effect around 2100 hours EDT until 2300  on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

An expected tornado hit a shopping district (one of the largest in NE PA or NEPA) near the Mohegan Sun Arena causing building structural collapses, significant damage, overturned vehicles and entrapment in building and vehicles.

A regional amount of resources descended upon the area and worked through the night and early morning hours to search for survivors.   There is no word on the count of injuries or if there are any deaths reported.

Tornado Warning for Luzerne/Lackawana Counties. Strongest rotation over Wilkes-Barre. | Photo Credit – Weather Media

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

There are several fire, EMS and other Agencies involved with this incident which include:

Photo Credit | Red Cross of Eastern PA

  • Luzerne County Fire Companies
  • Luzerne County EOC (activated/opened at 2254 EDT)
  • Avoca Fire Department
  • Mountain Top Hose Company 1
  • Naniticoke City Fire Rescue
  • Fairmount Township Vol Fire and Ambulance Co
  • Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company
  • Sweet Valley Ambulance Association
  • Slocum Township Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company
  • Township Police Department
  • Red Cross Eastern PA
  • Nanticoke City Fire Department

All regional units were released from this incident at 0049 EDT on Wednesday.  Local units are still on-scene.

REPORTED DAMAGE

There are many eyewitness damage assessments being reported across Social Media and verifiable/reliable sources.

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

U-Haul Rentals

  • Vehicles turned upside in the parking lot
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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

Panera Bread

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

  • 3750 Wilkes Barre Township Commons
  • Building collapsed.
  • Fire crews are doing a deep SAR search for possible entrapped victims.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

  • 265 Mund Street
  • Light poles on vehicles
  • A search by M9Alpha is in effect.

Township Road – Pine Tree x Loyalville Roads

  • Mud slide in roadway

Wilkes-Barre Township – Olive Garden Plaza

  • Unknown structure damage report

Photo Credit | NWS Binghampton

El Rey Azteca

  • Significant structural damage
  • Windows broken out
  • Roof appears to have caved in
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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca

Dicks

  • Significant structural damage

Mundy Street

  • Multiple collapsed/damaged buildings
  • AVOID Mundy Street around the Wyoming Valley Mall

Barnes & Noble Books

  • Part of the building has been destroyed
  • Appears Tornado hit the side of the building
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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca

PetSmart

  • Building completely destroyed on the interior
  • Roofing has littered the parking lot
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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Some say it is rare due to being at nighttime and usually at night, the instability is low causing storms to weaken.  Saying between EF3-EF4.

ABOUT WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA

This is located southwest of Scranton and  situated in Luzerne County, PA.  It has approximately a population of 40,569 residents.  It has industrial roots that is located along the Susquehanna River. The City is approximately two hours away from NYC and Philadelphia.

It is about 2.9 square land miles.  It is crossed from the northeast to the southwest by I-81, PA RT 309 and Business RT 309 (Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd).  Recognizable roadways are Kidder Street, Mundy Street, Highland Park Boulevard, Coal Street, Northampton Street and Blackman Street.

The downtown business district is host to about 11,000 employees, the 4th largest downtown workforce in Pennsylvania.

Some of the major shopping districts are the Mohegan Sn Area at Casey Plaza (formerly Wachovia Arena), Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township Commons, Highland Park Boulevard Plaza and the Wyoming Valley Mall (rebuilt after Hurricane Agnes destroyed it in the 1970’s).

The Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department consists of 3 Fire/EMS Stations (HQ, South Station and Hollenback Station) located on Ross Street, High Street and Washington Street. This is a paid career Fire Agency.

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department is made up of both Patrol and Detective Divisions.  There are 40 Police Officers and 1 Civilian personnel. The Agency has its own K-9 unit, Directed Enforcement Unit, Narcotics & Gang Unit and a Traffic and Parking Enforcement unit.

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Their substations are located at the Wyoming Valley Mall, the largest shopping facility in Northeastern part of the State and at Wegman’s Food Market on HIghland Park Boulevard.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2315 hours PDT

THIS DAY IN HISTORY | September 8th

Did you know?  Many disasters happened and are remembered today, September 8.

1888 | In London, The body of Annie Champman was found. She was the second victim of “Jack The Ripper.”

1900 | Galveston, Texas was hit by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.

1934 | Off Asbury Park, NJ, 134 people were killed by a fire on the Morro Castle.

1970 | In New  York, NY, a Trans-International Airlines flight crashed during takeoff. All 11 people on-board were killed.

1974 | Off Kefallinia, Greece, 88 people were killed when a TWA flight crashed into the Ionian Sea. The crash was caused by an explosive device in the cargo hold. A Palestinian organization claimed responsibility.

1977 | 25 people died when a Burma Airlines flight crashed into Mt. Loi Hsam Hsao, Myanmar.

1994 | Near Aliquippa, PA, 132 people died when a US Air flight crashed into a ravine shortly before it was supposed to land at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport.  | And, In Russia, a dam designed to contain oil burst & spilled an est 2M barrels of oil into the Kolva River tributary. The Russian state-owned oil company claimed that the spill was only 102K barrels.

1997 | The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for his role in the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, OK.

1999 | U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno named former U.S. Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation into the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX.

2006 | In Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 people were killed in a car bombing

2015 | Today is also the celebratory days of wacky and bizarre holidays:  Int’l Literacy Day, National Date Nut Bread Day and Pardon Day.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog