It just doesn’t feel like the Christmas season with all this happening….
2 people are reported dead on the campus of Va. Tech following another shooting incident. There are at least 2 crime scenes being worked while a search for the gunman continues. Va Tech is currently on “lock down” and there are also report of one of the two dead being a police officer (unconfirmed at this time).
There was also a LODD early this morning in Worcester Mass. following a collapse that trapped multiple firefighters. Members were conducting a secondary search (following a report of an unaccounted for occupant) when the collapse occurred. A second firefighter remains in critical condition. This tragic event happens just days after the 12th anniversary of the December 3, 1999 fire that claimed the lives of 6 Worcester Firefighters.
Dave Statter reported on a busy day for Washington DC Jakes yesterdayand it was just as busy for Roanoke’s bravest. Here in “The Noke”, our brothers and sisters were also faced with battleing two fires … one residential and, the second; a commercial multi-alarm fire. The house fire, which came in just after shift break; appears to have been intentionally set. Get that story from WDBJ7 HERE.
Photo by Mike Overacker Roanokefirefighters.com
The 2nd fire occurred in a vacant (empty due to renovations) 3 story hotel. The Days Inn is located at a major intersection just off I-581 and adjacent to the Roanoke Civic Center. The fire cause major traffic delays due to crews having to shut down all lanes (both East and West) of Orange Ave (Route 460) in order to obtain a water supply.
We had early coverage of the Days Inn fire right here @ Ironfiremen.com. I say we because my “little buddy” (Rhett Fleitz of FireCritic / VaFireNews) andI kind of tagged teamed the fire. We were both off duty so Rhett was able to go to the fire in his personal vehicle (mini van with a “gumball” red light on the dash). He was sending pics and info back to me so I could get little “updates” up to the site.
Apparently, yesterday was a slow day for news because the fire even made it National. CNN was one of the first networks to cover the fire … WOW! little ol Roanoke on CNN. Check out their coverage HERE
photo by Kyle Green Roanoke Times
There was plenty more coverage as well. The photo to the left is from our local paper, The Roanoke Times. You can see their story / coverage HERE
He also got some really good photos of the fire and posted an article on his 2nd site Va Fire News. See that article and photos HERE
Retired Lt. Mike Overacker was also on scene with his camera in hand. As usual, Mikey also snapped some great shots which can be found HERE
Here is the News coverage from this mornings local broadcast … WSLS 10
It looks and sounds as if Roanoke’s Bravest did a good job stopping the fire. It took over 40 members andseveral hours to bring the blaze under control. Still yet, members remained on scene throughout the night mopping up hot spots and hidden fire. Yesterday’s attack quickly moved defencive and had ladders up and master streams flowing. I mentioned earlier that the 3 story hotel was vacant due to renovations so the defencive option seems like a logical and smart decision.
Early reports are of no injuries to firefighters or civilians. I do not have an estimate of the damages at this time. I also hope to speak with the 1st in Officer and get ya some details of what our Brothers and sisters were faced with upon arrival. The Department “called back” a limited number of members. I’m not sure if these folks were used on scene or to fill stations. Roanoke County Fire / Rescue responded at least an air-truck for mutual -aid but again Im not sure if they sent any other equipment or back fill City stations.
photo by Rhett Fleitz
The fire also had some unusual situations and, lucky for us; Rhett was on top of it. Check out this shot of a vehicle atop a charged 5″ supply line.
Leave it to Roanoke’s firefighters to find a floor jack in the middle of a major fire but somehow, somebody got the vehicle jacked up and off the line. Maybe we should open a category for “stupid driver pics” here on the site.
Honestly, I’m a little jealous. Deep down, I think all of us would like to be faced with that “Backdraft” moment just one time..LOL. Lucky for this driver that the car was straddling the hose. I know the capabilities of Roanoke’s firefighters andif needed, that car would have been in a thousand pieces in a matter of moments.
Here’s a PUBLIC SERVICE ANOUNCMENT for you readers not on the job… DO NOT RUN OVER FIRE HOSE WITH YOUR VEHICLE! If you even have the opurtunity to, YOU ARE TOO CLOSE TO THE INCIDENT. Driving over hose can damage the hose, the fire truck it’s attached to, your vehicle but, most importantly; it can cut off the water supply to firefighters operating a hose line. This could result in the death or injury of that firefighter(s).
Ok, some good coverage and a GREAT job by all the members on scene (including Kassie from Medic Unit 101). Moving on real quickly .. the Roanoke Rampage held practice last night. Again, we are a team of Police, Fire and Rescue members from the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas who play full contact football for charity. We play in The Nation Public Safety League and will face teams such as Chicago and The DC Generals this season.
We are in need of SPONSORSto help cover our cost this season. For all you “corporate” types out there, PLEASE check out THIS LINK to see how as little as $250 can help make a difference for a great cause and charity.
The Buckaroo made practice with me last night and had a BLAST. He thinks I play for the NFL because every time there is a game on TV he says “there’s Paw-Paw” LMAO. He also thinks he’s gonna play with the Rampage. I think we had better wait a few years so he doesn’t injure anyone …. here he is at last night’s practice…
The little fella ran a couple hundred miles down the side lines. He was a tired as I was when we got back home …
That’s him …not me LOL. Ok, so just remember to support the Roanoke Rampage in any way possible. You don’t have to play … we need support help etc. If you know of a good or possible sponsor, contact me here, Captain Stone @ #6-A or Captain Mac Craft @ #3-A.
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“Fire Boy” Rhett Fleitz..aka The Fire Critic is on scene of the multi-alarm fire in Roanoke. Rhett reports that the building remains heavily involved with fire and Roanoke’s bravest are at work. The roof has been cut, ladders are up and master streams flowing. As if the job isn’t hard enough, our brothers and sisters have even more to deal with. How’s this for a ” Pic of the day”? …
photo by Rhett Fleitz
Here’s a shot from the rear ….
photo by Rhett Fleitz
and video from WDBJ 7 (our local news) below
I should also note, that for many of the brothers and sisters on scene; this is their 2nd fire of the tour. There was an earlier fire in the 800 blk of Patterson Ave this morning. The boys have to be exhausted! The department has called back only 4 members at this time. Roanoke County is providing mutual-aid with at least an air supply truck on scene. It is unknown by me if they are filling our stations at this time or not. More details as soon as they are available.
Roanoke Fire/EMS on scene of Days Inn fire. Photo from WDBJ7.com
Crews are on scene of a multi-alarm fire on Orange Ave. in Roanoke, Va. The fire is located in a vacant (under construction) 3 story hotel. Local news coverage can be found HERE and HERE.
Roanoke Fire / EMS on scene, working fire @ Days Inn. Photo by WDBJ7.com
I will post further details and photos when available. ”Fire Boy” Fleitz has his gumball light mounted in the mini-van and is en route for on-scene reporting and pictures. Keep our brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers as they go about their duties … it looks like a “nasty” one.