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Report on Fire Collapse, Drowning LODD, Funeral Details-Illinois LODD (The Secret List)

     

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Westminster (MA) FD officers and Firefighters were "operating within the scope of their training" when a wall collapsed at the Columbia Hotel multi alarm building fire in Leominster, injuring two firefighters, according to the department's report on the incident. (Video links below)
Among the findings of the report on the Nov. 24 fire, released Monday and signed by Fire Chief Brenton MacAloney:
* The end of the building where Westminster Ladder/Tower truck was fighting the blaze had a hip roof, where the rest of the building had a flat roof. "This was not known at the time of the fire by those that participated in this review."
* Under the hip roof was a ballroom on the third floor with no internal walls connecting the outside wall that collapsed.
* As the fire progressed from where it originally started toward the ballroom, the side of the hip roof closest to the fire collapsed, leaving the three remaining roof sections standing,
* With no internal walls to support the exterior wall and the weight of the roof on an angle, the brick exterior wall from the ceiling of the second floor to the roof line fell, hitting Westminster's Ladder/Tower, and injuring two Westminster firefighters working in the truck's bucket. The truck was also damaged.
* The heavy duty design of the Ladder/Tower contributed to the safety of the firefighters as the ladder and bucket did not fail with the impact of both the wall and roof.
* Protective equipment worn by the firefighters also prevented their injuries from being more severe.
The five-alarm fire heavily damaged the historic Columbia Hotel building in downtown Leominster, displacing 33 residents and nine businesses.

HERE IS THE REPORT:

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site106/2012/1203/20121203_040808_firereport.pdf

HERE ARE VIDEOS OF THE FIRE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsRVH5SnB8c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXIdGF91v1o

 

 

DELAYED REPORT: FIREFIGHTER IN BRAZIL DROWNS DURING TRAINING

A Firefighter died in the Line of Duty during a training session last Saturday morning, in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil. Firefighter Iggor Gouveia Gomes, 21 years old, drowned while trying to cross a dam in the community of Serra dos Cavalos. Police is investigating the case. RIP.

 

 

ILLINOIS FIREFIGHTER STRUCK BY APPARATUS-FUNERAL DETAILS

Here are the details for the funeral of fallen Firefighter Timothy P. Jansen, Santa Fe Fire Protection District, Illinois.
The wake is TOMORROW, Wednesday December 5, 2012 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church from 3 pm -8 pm
Firefighter walk through will take place at 7pm, assembly for the walk through will be at 6:45 pm at the Church.
The funeral mass is set for THURSDAY December 6, 2012 at 11:30 am at St. Cecilia Catholic Church
Firefighters are asked to assemble at the church at 11 am
There will be a walking procession to the cemetery leading Firefighter Jansen to his resting place. No outside apparatus is requested due to the walking procession.
St Cecilia Catholic Church -308 S. Washington, Bartelso, IL 62218
For further information please contact: Jeff Kampwerth, 618-363-3194 or at Kampy15@hotmail.com

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