Recent Major Fire News: Carolina Flood Rescues, MD LODD Report, and MO Near Miss

October 2-9, 2015

The Carolinas were soaked with floods after the region was inundated following the passing of Hurricane Joaquin, and Virginia Beach (VA) District Chief Mike Barakey provided reports of Virginia Task Force 2 USAR team’s progress there assisting local fire departments with rescue and recovery efforts. A firefighter was burned during a near-miss in Grandview, Missouri, and NIOSH released its report on the line-of-duty death of a veteran Baltimore City (MD) firefighter last year.

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Carolina Residents Contend with Floods After Historic Rains
Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team (VA-TF 2) has deployed to an area in South Carolina devastated by historic flooding. RELATED: Missing SC Firefighter Rescued from Floodwaters | Rain-Swollen Rivers Prompt SC Evacuations

Firefighter Burned, Multiple Rescues in MO Fire
A firefighter suffered second-degree burns in a fire in Grandview, from which multiple people were rescued, reports say.

Deadly Brooklyn (NY) Gas Explosion
Two people were dead after a suspected natural gas explosion rocked a Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday. SEE PHOTOS >>

NIOSH Releases Report on Baltimore City LODD
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released its report on the firefighter line-of-duty death of veteran Baltimore City  Lieutenant James Bethea, who died last year following a row house fire.

Report Details Ordeal of CA Firefighters at Wildland Fire
CalFire Division Chief Jim Wright was helping his neighbors evacuate shortly after a wildfire started near his Lake County home last month when he heard radio traffic about four firefighters trapped by the fast-moving fire.

Disaster Plan Developed in Case Fire Reaches Nuclear Waste
Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet.

Fire Burns 92-Year-Old Chicago Church
About 150 firefighters responded when flames engulfed a 92-year-old church on the city’s South Side. SEE PHOTOS >>

Landmark Smoke Alarm Summit Report Released
Vision 20/20 and the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy have released a report from a national smoke alarm summit that brought together experts working to find solutions to the problem of residential fire deaths.

Firefighter Rescues Toddler from Brooklyn Apartment Fire
A New York City firefighter carried a nine-month-old boy to safety Wednesday, delivering the baby from a raging fire, according to a news report.

Oven Suspected Source of Fatal Minneapolis House Fire
Three children have died in a north Minneapolis house fire that may have started with an unattended oven, reports say.

Portland (OR) Firefighter Retires After 50 Years on the Job
Portland (OR) Firefighter Ethan Reed, who had been driving Engine 1, a busy downtown company, recently retired after celebrating 50 years on the job.