Lloyd Mitchell on the scene at Fillmore Avenue
Reported structure fire with people inside was sent out for Buffalo firefighters on 23 March 2014. Engine 33 reported seeing smoke showing as they left quarters. Dispatch followed up with reports multiple calls and reports of children trapped inside the house.
Additional companies were added and eventually the balance of the second alarm was requested.
Battalion 43 arrived on the scene, established command and reported heavy fire in the rear and the intention of making a push for the kids.
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Despite the report of children still inside, companies faced an advanced fire threatening exposures. The incident commander cautioned companies to make their search quick and prepare to switch to defensive operations.
Conditions continued to quickly deteriorate forcing companies to withdraw to the exterior.
Three adults and three children were able to escape but unfortunately a 7-year old child perished inside. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the blaze.
Lloyd Mitchell Photography: 2nd Alarm at 1400 Fillmore Avenue
Lloyd Mitchell is a freelance photographer whose photos of firefighters at work began as a change of pace. “I started taking photography classes at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the age of 15. The camp counselor thought I was good. The rest is history. I have worked with my community newspaper in Brooklyn for the last two summers. During the summer of my sophomore year, I wanted to work on a project different from things I had worked on during the school year. So I started to photograph firefighters. I would take portraits of them after jobs. I would drop the photos off to them. I didn’t expect the project to last two more summers.” “The project has been of fun. I’ve met a lot of amazing and down to earth people. My purpose of the project was I want people to understand what they go through on a daily tour. I have more of an artistic feeling to my images. I want my photos to tell an overall story. I don’t feel scared behind the lens. These people aren’t scared to run into a burning building.” You can follow Lloyd’s work here and at his photography website.