These are the photographed incidents that occurred in 2008. Not all incidents were photographed that took place in Jakeland in the year 2008.
11/20/08 ALL HANDS WORK ON TULIP STREET
Firefighters were dispatched at 11:15 AM to 65 Tulip St for a reported house fire. When firefighters arrived, smoke was visible from the second floor of the home. A hose was quickly stretched into the structure by members of Engine 15. Truck 6 and Truck 4 placed their towers to the roof and vented the structure. Squad 10 arrived on scene shortly after Engine 15 and also stretched a hose inside. The flames were quickly brought under control and the fire was held to an "all hands" assignment. Since Squad 10 was put to work, Engine 13 was requested to the scene to act as a FAST team. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 4, 6, 7, 15, 13, Truck 4, Truck 6, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 4. No one was injured at this incident.
10/31/08 ABANDONED HOME BURNS ON HALLOWEEN
Firefighters were once again dispatched to 98 Veterans Pl for a working fire. When Engine 9 and Ladder 5 arrived on scene, they found the home fully involved in fire. Firefighters battled the flames from the exterior only using multiple hoses and master streams. The fire was held to an "all hands" assignment. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 7, 9, 12, Truck 1, Ladder 5, Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1 and 3. The cause was later to be determined as kids playing with fire inside the abandoned home. No injuries occurred and no other property was damaged.
10/10/08 LADDER 3 RESCUES WOMAN FROM BLAZE
At 1:56 PM firefighters in downtown Jakeland were dispatched to 235 Ward Ave on a report of a working fire with a person trapped. Engine 5 and Ladder 3 arrived on scene first and found heavy smoke showing. A second alarm was immediately requested bringing an additional 2 engines and 1 ladder to the scene. Members of Ladder 3 rushed to the second floor and was able to locate an elderly woman who was trapped. The woman was safely rescued from the home and transported to Jakeland University Medical Center for smoke inhalation. The fire however was able to extend to an exposure building causing firefighters to evacuate the buildings and request a 3rd alarm. Multiple hoses and master streams were used to battle the flames from the exterior. Once the fire was darkened down, firefighters again made entry into the structure and extinguished the rest of the fire. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, Truck 1, Ladder 3, Truck 5, Truck 6, Ladder 7, Squads 3 and 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1, 2 and 4. Mutual aid from Lego Twp, Buena Vista, Buildington, St Lego, Rochelle Heights and North Lereado was requested to stand by and cover the city.
9/3/08 VETERANS PL HOUSE BURNS
Engine 9 and Ladder 5 were first due to 98 Veterans Place at 3:44 PM on a report of a house fire. When firefighters first arrived they found heavy smoke pushing out of the second floor windows. Engine 9 stretched a hose into the home as Ladder 5 began venting. The fire however quickly grew out of control and flashed over shooting flames out of the second floor windows. Firefighters evacuated the home and began attacking the flames from the exterior. Once the fire was darkened down, firefighters again made their way inside and extinguished the rest of the fire. The fire was held to a 2nd alarm bringing to the scene Engines 1, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, Truck 1, Truck 4, Ladder 5, Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1 and 3. No one was injured at this incident. The home was a total loss.
7/17-19/08 PACKARD-WEBSTER EXPLODES
At 12:33 PM an explosion occurred at the Packard-Webster Chemical Facility causing the ground to shake. Before being dispatched, firefighters began checking their own districts to locate anything. Engine 13 was able to locate a huge column of smoke coming from the are where Packard-Webster was. As they approached the scene, they located the fire. A third alarm was requested on arrival bringing in fire units from all across the city and mutual aid to cover the city. Division 2 responded directly to the scene and immediately requested that all Jakeland units respond to the scene. Two structures on the property of the chemical facility were fully involved. The fire burned into the early hours of 7/19/2008 burning for close to 3 days. One firefighter was injured from the Legogue Fire Dept. This was the biggest fire in the history of the Jakeland Fire Dept.
7/17/08 SOUTH BROADWAY FIRE
While the Packard-Webster fire was happening, debris from the fire traveled two blocks away to South Broadway starting a second fire. This fire went unnoticed until a motorist reported smoke coming from the top of the post office on South Broadway. Firefighters from Lego Twp, Buildington, Buena Vista and Jakeland Engine 6 fought this blaze. The fire involved the top floors of all 3 structures involved. Firefighters fought the blaze from the exterior mostly, using master streams from Buildingtons tower and Lego Twps tower. The fire was held to the assignment of Jakeland Engine 6, Lego Twp Engine 12, Buena Vista Engine 1, Lego Twp Tower 5, Buildington Ladder 2 and Lego Twp Rescue 3. No one was injured.
7/13/08 HOMEOWNER BURNS OWN HOME
Firefighters were dispatched at 8:23 PM to 377 Elm Ave on a report of a working house fire. When Engine 2 and Ladder 7 arrived, they found heavy smoke showing on the side of the house. Firefighters began attacking the fire inside the structure, however had to quickly evacuate the home due to the conditions becoming dangerous. Firefighters fought the blaze from the outside using multiple hoses and master streams. The fire was held at a 2 alarm assignment bringing in Engines 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14, Ladder 6, Ladder 7, Squad 3, Rescue 1 and Battalions 2 and 3. The homeowner was arrested for starting the blaze. No one was injured at this incident.
5/12/08 ONE PERSON PINNED IN VEHICLE AFTER MVA
Squad 3, Rescue 1, Engine 1 and Battalion 1 responded to Rt 17 North on a report of a motor vehicle crash with a pin. A vehicle driving north on 17 struck the back of a garbage truck that was on the shoulder of the highway. The driver reported that he was distracted which caused him to hit the truck. Firefighters were able to extricate the victim quickly and he was transported to Jakeland University Medical Center with minor injuries.
4/8/08 ONE KILLED AT 3RD AVE FIRE
At 11:40 PM, firefighters were dispatched to 1020 3rd Ave for a working fire with reports of people trapped. When Engine 6 arrived on scene, they found heavy fire and smoke from the second floor of a 2 story brick building. Hoses were quickly stretched to combat the blaze, however due to conditions inside becoming extremely hazardous, firefighters were forced to evacuate the building as the flames flashed out of control. Two firefighters were injured after jumping out of windows to escape the fire. Both were transported to Jakeland University Medical Center with minor injuries. One person who was trapped inside was killed. The fire was held to 3 alarms bringing in Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, Truck 1, Ladder 3, Truck 5, Ladder 6, Ladder 7, Squad 3, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1 and 4. Mutual aid from Lego Twp, St Lego, North Lereado, Buena Vista and Rochelle Heights was called in to stand by.
2/5/08 ALL HANDS ON MERCER ST
Firefighters in Downtown Jakeland were dispatched to 230 Mercer St for a reported fire in the laundry room of an apartment complex. When Engine 5 and Ladder 3 arrived, they found heavy smoke pushing out of the first floor of a 2 story brick garden apartment complex. Hoses were quickly stretched to the laundry room and the fire was extinguished very quickly. The fire was held to a 1st alarm bringing in Engines 1, 4, 5, 12, Truck 1, Ladder 3, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalion 1.
1/25/08 VENEZIA RESTAURANT BURNS TO 3 ALARMS
The firefighters in Little Italy were dispatched to 900 1st Ave for a report of a working fire at the Venezia Restaurant. When Engine 4 and Ladder 6 first arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke coming from the 2nd and 3rd floors of the 3 story brick complex. Hoses were quickly stretched inside to combat the fire on the second and third floors. Conditions inside deteriorated rapidly however and crews were forced to evacuate. The fire on the second and third floors flashed and firefighters fought the blaze from the exterior using master streams and hoses. The fire was held at a 3 alarm assignment bringing to the scene Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, Truck 1, Ladder 3, Truck 5, Ladder 6, Ladder 7, Squad 3, Squad 10, Rescue 1 and Battalions 1 and 4. Mutual aid from St Lego, Lego Twp, North Lereado, Buena Vista and Rochelle Heights was called in to cover the city. No one was killed or injured at this incident.