06-19-2019 | 11:30 PM | MASSAPEQUA,NY — On Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 11:30 p.m., North Massapequa Fire Department responded to a fully involved house fire at 12 Garden Avenue in Massapeuqa, New York. When firefighters arrive they found a two story single family home fully engulfed in flames. Flames lit up the night sky reaching 20 feet or greater. Mutual aid was immediately requested from nine neighboring fire departments. Sources say the flames were so intense it caught high tension wires on fire which caused the fire to spread to a neighboring home. North Massapequa Fire Department upgraded the fire to a 2nd alarm fire response at 11:57p.m. No injuries were reported. A cat in home did reportedly perish. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
05-25-2019 | 8:00 PM | PINEVILLE,NC — On Saturday May 25, 2019 about 8:00 p.m, Charlotte Fire Department received 911 calls for an “outside fire” at 824 Crump Road in Pineville, North Carolina. Upon arrival of the first fire unit a large mulch fire in a facility owned by Arborscapes Inc. Due the to nature of the fire and the distance between the main road, a fire hydrant and the area of the mulch, multiple additional fire units were requested to assist.
Under the command of Charlotte Fire Department Battalion Chief 5 assistance was requested for additional pumpers from Charlotte Fire Department, and additional pumpers and a tanker from Steele Creek Fire Department. The mulch pile was of pretty large diameter on the property of Arborscapres Inc.
According to Aborscapes Inc. website: They specialize in Landscape services, Tree Services, and irrigation. Multiple fire engines were supplied water to an aerial ladder truck. The only hydrant was near a Public Storage approximetly a quarter mile from the actual fire. Fire Engines made multiple trips filling up the 500-600 gallon tank of water on board and transporting down to the area of mulch.
Heavy machinery including bulldozers, bobcats, and an excavator were brought in to move the mulch pile around. According to a fire department source on scene, battling a mulch fire especially a large one is very difficultdue to the density of the mulch which traps fire and heat within. Without moving the mulch around it would be impossible for firefighters to extinguish the fire within.
At 10:45 p.m., multiple fire units were still on scene trying to bring the fire under control. Its unclear how the fire started or how long firefighters will be on scene trying to contain the fire.
05-06-2019 | PATERSON,NJ — Multiple businesses were destroyed and many people were left homeless early Monday morning in Paterson, New Jersey, A fire broke out at a building at River Street & Straight Street after midnight. Flames lit up the night sky over the Passaic River. Firefighters from numerous agencies battled the fire which reached 5 alarms.