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Murrieta Traffic Collision Involves Motor Home Off Bridge

murrietta_MHMurrieta – The Murrieta Fire Department remains on scene of a traffic collision this afternoon involving a single vehicle over the side which occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. today. The vehicle, an approximately 38′ Class A motor home, was traveling northbound on Washington Avenue, just south of Brown Avenue, when it left the roadway and crashed off the bridge into Murrieta Creek. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and suffered moderate injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment by American Medical Response personnel.

During the accident the motor home clipped a 3 inch steel natural gas line running under the bridge and the vehicle remains suspended from the bridge while representatives from Southern California Gas Company work to shut off the gas. There was no rupture to the gas line and there is no natural gas leak at this time, however the gas must be rerouted before the motor home can be moved to prevent accidental ignition.

Gas Company personnel anticipate the work being completed within 4-5 hours. Washington Avenue remains closed between Douglas Avenue and Hawthorn Street. Fire Department and Police Department personnel will remain on scene until the gas line has been repaired and the motor home removed.

Photo courtesy of Division Chief Gary Whisenand, Murrietta FD

Firefighters Rescue 24 People From Roller Coaster

On Monday, August 10, 2009 at 1:08 PM, units of the City of Santa Clara Fire Department responded to the Great America amusement park after receiving word that the Invertigo roller coaster had malfunctioned stranding 24 people from 50 to 80 feet off the ground. After conducting a sizeup of the situation the Incident Commander requested mutual aid from neighboring departments to assist with stabilizing the ride and rescuing the riders. Specialized units from the City of San Jose Fire Department and the Santa Clara County Fire Department worked in concert with the City of Santa Clara to safely free the riders over a nearly five hour period. Riders were lowered in pairs using the platform baskets of San Jose Fire’s Truck 29 and Santa Clara County’s Truck 1. After safely reaching the ground, each rider was given a medical check and released, with many of the thrill seekers heading straight for other rides in the park. There were no injuries to the patrons or their rescuers and the Invertigo roller coaster remains out of service pending repair.
Photos and story by: Craig Allyn Rose – Photo Unit

Fast-moving fire guts Paterson home

A mid morning fire destroyed a 2½ story wood frame home at 272 Jefferson St. on Friday July 10. An alert neighbor phoned 911 at approximately 10:30am to report the fire. Initial police unit on the scene reported heavy fire on the #1 floor. First due fire units arriving just minutes later, confirmed a working fire with heavy fire on #1 and #2 floors and also involving the electrical service wires and the utility pole in front of the structure.

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Fire Destroys South San Jose Home

Just before 4:00 AM, July 5, 2009 units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 6484 Cranbrook Court on the city’s south side. Upon their arrival, first due Engine Company 22 discovered heavy fire conditions throughout the three-story home. After stretching an attack line, and entering the structure through the front door, firefighters were driven back by the intense heat and smoke leading to a defensive operation. According to the occupants smoke detectors alerted them to the blaze allowing all four to escape without injury. Unfortunately the home and most of its contents were a complete loss.
Approximately 50 firefighters, under the direction of Incident Commander Kevin Conant, and Operations Chief Paul Schuller, were able to prevent the flames that had engulfed much of the home from spreading to adjacent structures. One firefighter was injured and transported to an area hospital after being struck by a ladder on his left hip. The firefighter is expected to be released from the hospital today. It is believed that the cause of the fire was accidental, but the investigation continues.

Bullhead City Firefighters Face High Temperatures and Wind During Garage Fire

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 1400, the Bullhead City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 3388 South Ridge Ave. Division Chief Kinsey was first to arrive on scene, reporting heavy smoke and flames from a three car garage with residential exposures to the east and west. Highs winds from the south were a concern and feeding the fire. Two vehicles in the driveway were also on fire. Chief Kinsey immediately requested Clark County Fire Department from Laughlin, Nevada for mutual aid. Afternoon moderate were exceeding 110 degrees with heavy fire and smoke conditions. As Engine 21, arrived firefighters aggressively attacked the fire through the unburned living quarters and held flames to the garage. This offence tactic proved vital to containing flames to the garage with only smoke and heat damage to the interior of the residence. As additional engines arrived, crews were strategically placed to stop the fire from spreading to the residence.

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Fire damages half-century old business in Wayne

An alert passerby notified authorities of flames coming from the second floor of a 75′ X 125′ strip mall at 1459 Route 23 South at approximately 7:45am today, Thursday, June 18. Township companies 5, 2 and 1 were dispatched and the first arriving chief declared a working fire and requested remaining companies 3 and 4 to the scene. The fire was ultimately determined to be largely on the exterior of the building and
was doused quickly by the initial companies on the scene. There was some slight extension to the second floor and to the attic area, and the first floor received some smoke and water damage, but the swift actions of the crews did certainly avert what could have been, a much worse disaster.

The award winning business, Wayne Tile, was started by Bob Westra in 1955 in a garage. A few years later, his two brothers joined him and in 1963, 46 years ago, they moved to this location. They have since added three more locations and built a large warehouse just one block from this location. Their now grown children have taken over much of the active duties.

The fire was brought under control in under an hour and a preliminary investigation by Township Fire Investigator Scott Kooreman, points to the possibility of a lightning strike as the likely cause.

Story and photos by
Ron Johnson – NJMFPA
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It is with great sadness that the San Bernardino Fire Department announces the passing of Fire Captain Creighton (Creig) Nece. Creig was a 19 year veteran of the fire department and died during the morning hours on 3/2/09 while in the hospital recovering from back injuries sustained in an off-road vehicle accident last week.

Creig leaves behind his wife and two adult children. He was so very well respected within the fire service community, but more importantly he was loved and respected as a great man with tremendous integrity and character by all who knew him

Memorial services for Captain Nece are as follows:

  • A “Viewing Ceremony” will be held at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel on March 9th, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. – located at 1299 E. Highland Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92404
  • Memorial Services will be held at “The Packing House” on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 11:00 AM – located at 27165 San Bernardino, Ave Redlands, CA. 92404. Immediately following there will be a procession to Monticeto Memorial Park, located at 24145 Barton Rd. Loma Linda, CA. 92354

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PIO Eric Esquivel, Battalion Chief
San Bernardino Fire Department