Expect Fire Buffalo: High-Rise Smoke and No Standpipes

Lloyd Mitchell on the scene of fatal fourth floor fire

Video below is from Lloyd Mitchell Photography of a fire at 1240 Delaware Avenue, a U-shaped multi-family dwelling.

Engine 37 and Truck 4 roll on a PS to investigate smoke. They arrived on location and requested the balance of the first alarm for a heavy smoke condition on the fourth floor. This building did not have stand pipes and members had to stretch from the street level. This was a five-story apartment building. The fire extended from the fourth to the fifth floor. Members of Ladder 4, Truck 6 and Rescue Co. 1 rescued one person. The person sadly died at the hospital.

What buildings in your response area, four stories or higher, are without standpipes?

What is your size-up report for a high-rise building when you have nothing showing from the street level?

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Reilly FireRescue Magazine 25 April 2014

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.

 

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