Raw video shows North Montgomery County firefighters working Monday to free an apparatus that sank into deep mud during a structure fire the night before.
A volunteer firefighter responding to a call struck two pedestrians, one fatally, on Long Island early Saturday morning, police said.
Police said it happened around 12:30 a.m. as a woman and man were leaving Half Moon Restaurant and Bar in Long Beach and crossing East Park Avenue near Riverside Boulevard.
The 22-year-old driver, a Long Beach Fire Department EMT, struck the victims with his personal vehicle, a 1999 Buick Century. According to officials, the driver was responding to a house fire call and utilizing his blue firelight at the time of the crash.
The 57-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 60-year-old man was transported to South Nassau Community Hospital where he’s listed in critical but stable condition. He suffered multiple fractures, a broken spine and a lacerated kidney.
The vehicle, with front-end damage, was impounded for a safety check, police said. The driver remained at the scene.
Police said no criminality is suspected at this point, but the investigation is continuing.
Police have not released the identities of the victims or driver.
East Park Avenue, a heavily trafficked street in Long Beach, was closed for hours for the police investigation.
Fire crews were called to Ferndale around 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a vehicle fire. According to West Hills Deputy Chief Bill Cornell, the vehicle on fire happened to be the West Hills Regional Fire Department’s ladder truck.
A nearby resident on Harlan Avenue said she heard a “Boom” and came out of her house to see the truck on fire.
According to West Hills Deputy Chief Bill Cornell, the truck was on a routine run and was coming to the top of Station Street when it apparently blew the engine.
No injuries were reported at the scene.
Part of Station Street and Harlan Avenue below Ferndale High School were closed until crews could put out the fire and clear the scene.
Officials said Station Street between Harlan and Vickroy Avenues would be closed until Friday.
Firefighters run into burning buildings all of the time. It’s what makes their job so dangerous, but this week, a freak occurrence in Plymouth brought flames right to a fire department’s doorstep.
It was the absolute last place firefighter Trevor Nadile expected to respond to a call.
“About right here we just started to smell it, then as soon as we started to see the inside of the bay, you could see it was just smoke all the way to the ground,” said Plymouth Firefighter Trevor Nadile.
His crew had just returned from a medical call when alarms began going off. One of their trucks was burning from the inside.
“I mean, smoke is just coming out from underneath. First thing I did was just open the door and tried to see if the truck would even turn on,” said Nadile.
Engine 5 did start and Nadile made the brave decision to try to move it while it was burning.
“The entire cab when I opened the door was full of smoke. I just kind of had to take a deep breath and just started it and jumped in and pulled it out. But, like I said, the last thing you want is for the fire station or the rest of the trucks to catch on fire,” he said.
While he was busy getting the burning truck out of the firehouse, the other guys grabbed a fire extinguisher and hose and went to work. The irony is the hose is usually just to clean the fire trucks, but on that night it was used to extinguish one.
Friday, the wires inside Engine 5 are left charred and melted. Chief Ed Bradley says it was an electrical fire, just a freak occurrence, and said Trevor did the right thing by moving the truck.
“That was the right move. As it turned out, that was absolutely the right move,” said Bradley. “I don’t think there’s any training on your fire truck burning up in your station. You’ve got to wing it.”
Bradley says Engine 5 can be salvaged, but the damage is around $200,000. As for the guys in Station 5, there may never be another emergency closer than the one they had to deal with Monday night.
“Yeah, quick response on that one, to say the least,” Nadile said laughing.
Three firefighters were on their way to battle an abandoned house fire when their fire engine turned over onto a guardrail.
It happened on Little Coal River Road in Alum Creek around 1:30 a.m.
The Davis Creek volunteer firefighters were heading to a fire at an abandoned trailer on Clay Lane to assist the Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department, fire officials said Tuesday morning.
Fire crews say the truck went too close to the edge of the road and turned over onto a guardrail. A couple hours later, the guardrail collapsed and the truck flipped over a small embankment.
No one was inside the truck when it flipped over, according to fire officials. No firefighters were injured in the accident.
Crews say the firetruck is a total loss.
Little Coal River Road near Corridor G is shut down as crews remove the firetruck. There is no word on how long the road could be closed.