10/30 MISCHIEF NIGHT KEEPS JLFD BUSY
Jakelands Bravest were kept busy during "Mischief Night". Firefighters were kept busy answering everything from fire alarms and prank phone calls, to structure fires. A second alarm structure fire took place on Jersey Ave. Engine 12 arrived on scene first to find an abandoned home burning. Flames were already venting from the first and second floor windows and through the roof. A house next door was also being threatened of becoming engulfed in flames. Two tower ladders from Tower Ladders 1 and 2 were placed in operation to battle the flames. Multiple hoses were stretched from Engines 1 and 12 to also battle the blaze and protect the houses next door. Jakelands Bravest were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to other structures. No injuries occurred. The fire has been deemed suspicious and the County Prosecutors Arson Investigation Team is investigating. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, Tower Ladders 1, 2, Squad 3, Rescue 1, Battalion 2 and Deputy 1. The first 4 photos were provided to the JLFD by a bystander. The department photographer showed up later during the incident.
7/15 HUDSON ST LAUNDROMAT BURNS
Firefighters fought a stubborn fire at the Hudson St Laundromat at 3:50 PM. The fire started in the rear of the laundromat on the first floor of the two and a half story wood frame building. The fire however, quickly spread up the walls to the second floor and attic space. Firefighters quickly stretched lines to the first and second floors and began putting water on the fire. After the roof was vented by Ladder 3, flames flashed in the attic space and began shooting out of the front window of the attic and through the roof. Engine 15 put its deck gun in operation in the front of the building, as a hose was stretched to the side of the building. Firefighters were able to make their way to the attic space and extinguish the blaze. The fire grew to a 3rd Alarm bringing in Mutual Aid from Legotwp, South Palm, Buena Vista, North Lereado County, Portage and Riverwoods-Johnstown Fire District to staff empty firehouses. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, Tower Ladder 1, Tower Ladder 2, Ladder 3, Ladder 7, Squad 3, Squad 10, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 2 and Deputy 4.
3/31 ALL HANDS MOHAWK ST HOUSE FIRE
Jakelands Bravest were dispatched to 151 Mohawk St for a working house fire. When Engine 2 and Ladder 7 arrived on scene, they found fire and smoke venting from the first floor. An interior attack was made on the fire, however the fire was able to extend up to the second floor. When Engine 15 arrived on scene, they stretched a second hose off Engine 2 to the second floor to attack the flames. Firefighters had a tough time bringing the flames under control, however an aggressive attack using 4 hoses, firefighters eventually knocked down the bulk of the flames. Even though the exposure B home was very close to the fire, firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading. No one was injured at this fire. The fire was held to an All Hands assignment using Engines 2, 4, 5, 15, Ladders 3, 7, Squad 10, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Deputy 3. The cause of the fire was determined to be careless cooking.
3/17 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH BURNS
At 3:34 PM, Jakelands Bravest were dispatched to 149 River Drive, the Immaculate Conception Church, for a working fire. When Squad 3 arrived on scene first, they found heavy smoke venting from the roof of the building. As they investigated further, they then found heavy fire venting out of the rear of the roof and rear windows. One line was stretched inside for an interior attack by Engine 13. However, due to the amount of fire inside the church and the wooden roof being questionable, firefighters were forced to evacuate. The fire eventually burned through the roof and engulfed the entire church. Firefighters remained on scene wetting down hot spots for several hours through the night. The fire was held to a 2 Alarm assignment plus Tower Ladder 1. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 4, 6, 7 9, 12, 13, Tower Ladders 1, 2, 4, Squad 3, Rescue 1, Battalion 2 and Deputy 4. Mutual aid from Westbrick was needed to the scene for rehab. All occupants of the church were safely evacuated prior to the fire departments arrival. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
2/20 THREE ALARM ULYSSES AVE HOUSE FIRE
At 11:32 AM, the Jakeland Fire Dept. was dispatched to 215 Ulysses Ave for a working house fire with a report of possibly someone trapped. When firefighters arrived on scene not only did they find heavy smoke venting from the home, but also all the hydrants were snow covered. Engine 7 and Tower Ladder 4 quickly arrived on scene. Engine 7 began attacking the fire while Tower Ladder 4 started a primary search on the first and second floors for the possible victim. Engine 9 was the second due engine on scene and had trouble finding a hydrant clear of snow. While they were attempting to establish a water supply, Engine 7's tank water was quickly depleted. Firefighters were forced to evacuate the structure until more water could be established. Once Engine 12 and Engine 6 were able to secure hydrants, firefighters again entered the structure and began attacking the blaze and searching for the possible victim. However, due to the fire being able to intensify during the several minutes of no water, a flashover occurred in the basement and on the first floor. Firefighters had to again evacuate and douse the blaze from the exterior. Once all the visible fire from the exterior was knocked, firefighters again made an aggressive interior attack on the fire. Conditions inside the home were quickly deteriorating while the firefighters attempted to attack the blaze. Suddenly, a partial collapse occurred on the first floor which caused the stairs from the first floor to the second floor to also collapse. Two firefighters from Tower Ladder 4 were on the second floor when this occurred, and became trapped. Firefighters quickly scrambled to get ground ladders up to the second floor to assist Tower Ladder 4's crew to escape. One firefighter was injured when a member of Tower Ladder 4 had to slide down a ground ladder to safety. All firefighters were able to escape the blaze, and a defensive attack was made to protect the exposures. Tower Ladder 4 placed it's tower in operation to douse the flames from the air. A third alarm was requested to the scene for fresh crews to assist. St Lego was also requested with a cascade unit along with a rehab unit from Westbrick to the scene. Mutual aid from Lego Twp, Rochelle Heights, Buena Vista, Riverwoods, Midlego, South Palm and North Lereado County were requested to stand by in empty firehouses across the city. All units that operated at the scene were Engines 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, Tower Ladders 1, 2, 4, Ladder 3, Squads 3 and 10, Rescue 1, Battalions 1 and 2 and Deputy 2. The possible victim that was reported trapped luckily was not home at the time.