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LODD Report: Bowstring Truss Roof Collapse, A Bad, Bad Day (The Secret List)

     

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 All.

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.


VIDEO OF THE FIRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKbx7s7deKI
REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201208.html


BROOKLYN MAYDAY - 5 FFs INJURED




A heavy Brooklyn fire left five firefighters injured after the two-alarm blaze ripped through a building, officials said.

The fire broke out on 57th Street between First and Second avenues in Sunset Park around 6:00 p.m., fire officials said.

The blaze took nearly an hour to get under control after 106 firefighters responded to the scene.

Three firefighters were sent to Lutheran Hospital in stable condition and two others were treated at the scene, fire officials said.

Fire Scene Audio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKTLPCT3Eoo&feature=youtu.be

More from Dave S: http://statter911.com/2012/11/28/raw-video-fireground-audio-maydays-at-two-alarm-basement-fire-in-brooklyn-warehouse-five-firefighters-hurt/


NOVEMBER 28th....

A BAD DAY for the fire service.....

THE 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 burn victims.

READ MORE HERE:  http://bostonfirehistory.org/firestory11281942.html


BUT DID YOU KNOW....

....AND 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 (1876-1881)

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.

Take Care-BE CAREFUL.

BillyG

The Secret List 11-28-12 / 1135 Hours

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