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Friday, February 23, 2024

VIDEO: Several tractor trailers catch fire in Ohio

Cleveland firefighters worked to put out a fire that spread across several tractor-trailers in Cuyahoga Heights early Friday morning. Fire officials confirmed a number of tractor-trailers went up in flames around 2:45 a.m., but no injuries have been reported. A driver at the terminal told 19 News five trucks had gone up in flames. Firefighters responded to a truck terminal in the 500 block of Harvard Avenue near Jennings Road. The cause of the fire has not been confirmed by fire officials. Cleveland fire dispatch says the location of the fire is on the Newburgh Heights and Cuyahoga Heights border.
WOIO-TV CBS 19 Shaker Heights

Fire Captain in Florida puts out fires and puts up art work

VIDEO: Hillsborough County Fire Captain Devon Brady lives a large-scale life. From riding shotgun in a big-engine truck to putting up a huge art installation at a museum, he wants ABC Action News viewers to know that you can do both. “I started out an art major, I went through art school at USF, then I worked at a theatrical design company for about 10 years,” said Brady. However, his outlook on the future changed, like so many Americans, on Sept. 11, 2001. “I remember specifically watching a story about a woman who lost her husband in the towers, and she said, ‘I never thought this would happen to me, we met in art school, and my husband was a sculptor, and he became a firefighter later in life,’ and something about that was interesting to me,” said Brady.
WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa

Need help with home repairs? Off-duty firefighters in Minnesota are ready to step in

VIDEO: Firefighters are used to being on-call to serve the community. Now those skills are being used while off-duty, to help in a different way. Curtis Smith spent 18 years as a firefighter, mostly with the city of Golden Valley. "About five years ago I just thought, 'These people are so talented. They're such wonderful people. They're so trustworthy. This really calls for some sort of business,'" Smith recalled. Firefighter Handyman launched in January — dispatching off-duty firefighters to handle home repairs across the Twin Cities metro area. The four founders include Smith (retired firefighter), Jeff Piper and Ryan Hering with the Golden Valley Fire Department, and Libby Grygar with the Minnetonka Fire Department. Combined, they have 50-plus years in the fire service.
KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis

Volkswagen to recall 261,000 cars to fix pump problem that can let fuel leak and increase fire risk

Volkswagen is recalling more than 261,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a potential fuel leak that can increase the risk of fires. The recall covers certain Audi A3s and VW Golfs and GTIs from the 2015 through 2020 model years. Also included are 2015 through 2019 Golf Sportwagens, and 2019 and 2020 VW Jettas. All the recalled cars have front-wheel drive. VW says in documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a problem with a pump seal can let fuel leak from a charcoal canister in the emissions control system. The agency says leaking fuel increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the pump, which is inside the fuel tank, at no cost to owners. VW will send out notification letters starting April 12. The recall is the second for many of the car owners.
ABC News

Thursday, February 22, 2024

VIDEO: Firefighter collapses while battling fire at New Hampshire farmhouse

A firefighter was taken to the hospital after suffering a medical issue while fighting a house fire Wednesday. First responders performed CPR on him before he was rushed to the hospital. Neighbors say they saw flames coming from the second floor of an old farmhouse on Scotland Road in Kingston, but the entire home turned into a fireball within minutes. When the fire started just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, the fire department said at least four people were in the home. Kingston Assistant Fire Chief Ken Walker said the home had an apartment attached to it, but it was unclear exactly how many people lived in the home. "We were just sitting at home eating dinner, and my daughter looked out the window and said, 'I think the neighbor's house is on fire,' and I said, 'Yeah, right.'" Felicia Cooke lives across from the farmhouse.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

AT&T customers report a massive outage, disrupting phone service across America

AT&T’s network went down for many of its customers across the United States Thursday morning, leaving customers unable to place calls, text or access the internet. By late morning, the company said most of its network had been restored. The Federal Communications Commission confirmed Thursday afternoon that it is investigating the outage. The White House says federal agencies are in touch with AT&T about network outages, but that it doesn’t have all the answers yet on what exactly led to the interruptions. Although Verizon and T-Mobile customers reported some network outages, too, they appeared far less widespread. T-Mobile and Verizon said their networks were unaffected by AT&T’s service outage and customers reporting outages may have been unable to reach customers who use AT&T. Thursday morning, more than 74,000 AT&T customers reported outages on digital-service tracking site DownDetector, with service disruptions beginning around 4 am ET.
CNN Business

Fire Rescue in Florida releases hour-long video showing firefighters battling apartment complex fire

VIDEO: The Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department on Wednesday released an hour-long video showing dozens of firefighters battling a massive fire at the RISE Doro apartment complex downtown. The $60 million apartment project is now being demolished after it was destroyed when a fire broke out last month. The video begins when the fire starts late on a Sunday night and shows crews working until the sun comes up to put the fire out and keep the building from collapsing onto nearby businesses. In the video, JFRD features colorful radio traffic so you can hear exactly how they collaborated to attack the blaze.
WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

Fire Museum in Central Ohio Showcases History of Local Firefighters

PHOTOS: Located in the former Columbus Engine House No.16, the building was completed in 1908 and was built as the last engine house in the city to accommodate horse-drawn steam engines. The station closed in 1982 and after twenty years of fundraising and a $900,000 renovation, the museum moved into the building and opened to the public in 2002. Now, the beautifully restored engine house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the perfect place to showcase the history of Columbus' heroic firefighters. Whether you're interested in fire safety, learning about the history of firefighting, or just looking for a unique museum to explore, the Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center is an excellent community resource. The museum houses a collection of antique firefighting equipment, including hand-pumped engines, horse-drawn wagons, and early motorized fire trucks.

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