A new report has been issued following the bowstring
roof collapse at that theatre fire in Wisconsin. We have also added video
and related links for you, below. The fire in the Abby Theater took the
life of Lt. Jamison Kampmeyer of the Colby Fire Department. Lt. Kampmeyer was
also a Deputy Sheriff in Marathon County.
On March 4, 2012, a 34-year-old Lt. Jamison Kampmeyer
lost his life in the Line of Duty at a theatre fire after the roof collapsed,
trapping him within the theatre. At approximately 1215 hours, an on-duty patrol
officer (also chief of the victim's fire department) radioed dispatch for a
structure fire (flames visible). The 1st due fire department arrived on scene,
set up operations on the A-side of the structure, and directed the incoming
mutual aid department (victim's department) to the rear of the structure. No
fire was visible from the rear. Both departments attacked the theatre fire from
opposite sides (A-side and C-side) of the structure establishing their own
incident commander/officer in charge, fireground operations, and accountability
systems. The 1st due fire department initially fought the fire defensively from
the A-side, while the victim and two additional fire fighters (FF1 and FF2)
entered through the C-side, advancing a hoseline until they met A-side fire
fighters near the theatre's lobby (area of origin). The 1st due fire department
eventually placed an elevated master stream into operation, directing it into
the lobby and then onto the roof while fire fighters were operating inside.
Roof conditions deteriorated until the roof collapsed into the structure
trapping the victim, FF1, and FF2. FF1 and FF2 recalled speaking with the victim
immediately following the collapse, but nothing was heard from the victim
following the activation of a personal alert safety system device (PASS). All
three were eventually located, removed from the structure, and transported to a
local hospital, but the victim had already succumbed to his injuries.
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DAY for the fire service.....
WELL KNOWN COCOANUT GROVE FIRE: 492 PEOPLE KILLED
The Cocoanut Grove was Boston's premier nightclub during the
post-Prohibition 1930s and 1940s. On November 28, 1942, this club was the scene
of the deadliest nightclub fire in US history, killing 492 people (which
was 32 more than the building's authorized capacity) and injuring
hundreds more. It was also the second-worst single-building fire in American
history; only the 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago had a higher death
toll, of 602.
The enormity of the tragedy shocked the nation and briefly
replaced the events of World War II in newspaper headlines. In both fires, most
of those who lost their lives would have survived had the existing safety codes
been fully enforced. The tragedy led to a reform of safety standards and codes
across the country, and major changes in the treatment and rehabilitation of
LESSER KNOWN FIRE HAPPENED WITH MULTIPLE FIREFIGHTERS KILLED:
November 28 has not been a good one….November 28, 1889,
again, in Boston, MA.
Hoseman John J. Brooks Jr., 29 Hose 7
Hoseman Michael Murnan, 34 Hose 7
Hoseman Edward E. Whiting Ex-member of department
Ladderman Daniel J. Buckley, 31 Ladder 3
Ladderman Frank P. Loker, 33 Ladder 3
They were all killed in the Line of Duty by falling walls of
the Ames Building, corner of Kingston and Bedford Streets during this massive
fire. This was the General Alarm Fire for which Box 52 was sounded at 0800
hours (Bedford & Lincoln Streets) and was also known as the “Thanksgiving
Day Fire,” the Steamer of Engine Co.26, Aerial truck of Ladder Co. 13 and the
Water Tower also destroyed, and the Steamer of Engine Co. 22 was badly damaged.
Hoseman Murnan had 9 years, Ladderman Loker had 4 years,
Hoseman Brooks had 13 months and Ladderman Buckley had 10 months of service.
The only man identified positively was Ladderman Buckley who was identified by
his name being sewed inside of his underwear. Mr. Whiting was found a day or so
later pretty well intact. Other remains were found in January but the parts
could not be identified.
Captain John Grady of Ladder Co. 3 would not believe
two members were missing, he worked to near exhausting in the ruins attempting
to locate the two men. Eventually he had to believe two of his men were
gone….John Grady later became Chief of Department for one week and Fire
Commissioner for 4 years (1914--1919). He is a person you would love to
have known…as they say "A fireman's FIREMAN" RIP.