Why We Search: Rescues from Vacants in Buffalo and Sacramento


Multiple rescues from vacant home and commercial structure


Fire crews in Buffalo, New York and Sacramento, California responded to fires in vacant, abandoned buildings and rescued squatters from each.


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Video courtesy of Don Murtha

“Firefighters believed the house to be vacant but there were two people living inside. Both victims were taken to ECMC. “ WIVB

Audio, Photos: Buffalo 1+ Alarm (56 Wasmuth Ave) 11/3/13 courtesy of Erie County Fire Wire




“Metro Fire received word of black smoke coming from a vacant building around 7 a.m. Crews were there in about four minutes.”

“However, firefighters knew that homeless people frequently stayed inside the building, and that the building’s sprinkler system did not work. Crews made their way inside the building, located five people inside and got them out safe and sound.” Fox40


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Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Firehouse.com. Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.


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