Expect Fire: Philadelphia

AFA becomes smoke showing

Philly Fire News reports that one engine and one ladder were dispatched to the 1300 block of Harrison Street for an automatic alarm. Upon arrival the box alarm was struck for fire showing from the third floor of a three-story apartment building.

 

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Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for PennWell Public Safety Group (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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  • Joe says:

    Just had it happen to us at one of our typical auto alarm high rises. Been to it countless times for burnt food, 1 engine and 1 truck gets set on the initial. The engine can see smoke from the 12th floor when they turn on the block.  Dressed and ready to go on the way there, so it wasn't much to actually go to work.
    Similar thing happened on the other side of my city. Companies sent for an auto alarm. Forgot when they discovered they had a fire, if it was occupant reports or when they made it to the fire floor. They found fire and a victim, luckily good crews always ready for fire and they put the fire out and got the victim down.
    When you're expecting fire, its no big deal when you find it.

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