January 11th- January 17th

Multi-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week 

  This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building download

A morning fire tore through an apartment building in Brooklyn, and forced some residents to leap from their windows to safety. These residents were able to jump onto neighboring roofs to escape the flames. Two people were taken to the hospital, including a small child.  

Arson Ruled out as Cause of Fire that Displaced 9 in Chatham

Investigators have ruled out arson as the cause of an extra-alarm fire that displaced nine people in an apartment building on the South Side. Heavy flames were emerging from the back stairwell and top floor of the 11-unit building. Firefighters had to use ladders to rescue nine people from the third floor who could not exit on their own.  

Candle Causes Fire that Damages Downtown High-Rise

A candle started a fire in a 16-story downtown Portland high-rise. Nobody was injured in the fire that started on the 11th floor and fire sprinkler systems were able to subdue the flames and keep them from spreading further.

January 12th

Downtown Los Angeles Apartment Fire Damages Could TripleMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building B9315415105Z.1_20141208103621_000_GM59BNJR2.2-0

The damage estimates for an arson fire that destroyed an apartment building under construction last month could triple as city officials say the blaze also damaged a city-owned tower next door. The Dec. 8 fire destroyed about half of the da Vinci apartment complex's 520 units, causing up to $30 million in damages. It also damaged a 16-story building  that houses city park staff and the departments of aging and animal services, and this could push costs as high as $100 million.

 

Emanuel to File 400 Lawsuits against Older High-Rises

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is headed to court to force owners of 400 of Chicago’s pre-1975 residential high-rises to make the fire safety improvements they have ignored for nine years. This comes three months after warning that the Jan. 1 deadline was “not moving,” Buildings Commissioner Felicia Davis is now making good on her threat to throw the book at recalcitrant building owners.  

Residents of Hamilton High-Rise Mobilizing to Fight ‘Disgusting’ Conditions

Residents have been complaining about many horrible conditions in the building including severe safety issues such as exposed pipes, broken windows, missing stair railing posts, and, a broken main door. Tenants of this 13-storey apartment building have been living with these and other awful conditions for months and they hope that will change soon.


January 13thMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

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Latvian Police Arrest 2 in Building Collapse Case

Latvian police have arrested two individuals suspected of violations of building codes that allegedly caused the collapse of the Maxima supermarket in November 2013 that killed 54 people. This deadly building collapse was a horrible tragedy in the small nation and triggered the resignation of Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis amid intense pressure on government officials and investigators to determine who was at fault.  

Luxury Fishers Apartment Complex Destroyed in Fire

Part of a $35-million Fishers apartment complex was destroyed in an early morning fire. The apartment complex has three buildings and a clubhouse and only one building suffered extensive damage. There were no injuries as the building was not occupied because it was under construction.  

2-Alarm Fire Forces Evacuation of Pharmacy Ave High-RiseMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building fire-truck-outside-2550-pharmacy-ave

A highrise building in Scarborough has been evacuated after a two-alarm fire broke out in the basement on Tuesday afternoon. One resident who  walked down 17 flights of stairs to get out said he could smell smoke even on the 17th floor. Paramedics say a male patient suffered minor burns to his hands and has been taken to hospital.


January 14th

Man Climbs out Window to Escape Huddersfield Flat Fire

A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being forced to climb out of a window following a blaze in his apartment. It is believed that the fire started in the corner of the room blocking the man’s exit. As the room filled with smoke he was forced to scramble out of the window to safety.  

Repentigny Apartment Fire Forces 80 from their HomesMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building repentigny-fire

A fire on the third floor of a Montreal area apartment building forced a full building evacuation. Residents on the lower floors were able to escape using the stairs, but residents on the third floor had to wait for firefighters to rescue them using ladders. At least one firefighter and one resident were reportedly injured during the operation.  

8 Families Escape Death as Fire Guts Apartment in Lagos

Eight families escaped death after a fire engulfed an apartment building in the Makoko, Yaba, area of Lagos state. Without the help of some residents who helped put out the fire,the entire building would have likely burned to the ground.
 

Firefighters in St Mary's Spend Several Hours Fighting Home Fire

Firefighters spent several hours putting out a home fire in St. Mary's. One resident was was able to escape, along with his dog, by jumping from the second floor window. In the process, he injured his feet and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  

Oakville Hotel Evacuated after Carbon Monoxide Leak, two Sent to HospitalMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

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The Staybridge Suites Hotel in Oakville was evacuated for several hours Wednesday morning after a carbon monoxide (CO) leak that sent a mother and her young daughter to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The woman and her daughter were staying on second floor, above where the leak occurred, and CO readings in their hotel room had reached 900 ppm.

 

Woman Escapes Fire; Neighbors and Firefighters Save her Pets

A woman climbed out of her bedroom window in Dayton, Ohio, to escape a fire in her apartment. She was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Meanwhile, neighbors were able to rescue her dog and firefighters saved her cat from the blaze.  

Unattended Cigarette Reportedly Starts Apartment Fire Multi-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building 54b48beadedaf.image

An unattended cigarette is to blame for an apartment fire that damaged one unit in the 32 unit building. Smoke detectors alerted neighboring residents to the fire, and many were able to evacuate and take refuge on a local bus during the incident.

January 15th

Gas Leak Leads to Evacuation in Downtown Hartford Multi-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building hc-hartford-downtown-evacuation-0116-20150115-001

A downtown building in Hartford was evacuated because of a gas leak, no one was injured. The building was evacuated when the odor of gas was detected. Someone alerted Connecticut Natural Gas, which called police.  

Detroit Man Killed after Parachute Fails to Deploy During BASE Jump from TV News Tower

A 31-year-old Detroit man died after his parachute failed to deploy while BASE jumping from a TV news tower. Michigan State Police Sgt. Kevin Caldwell said that the man went to the tower by himself and authorities are not aware that he told anyone else he was planning to jump.  

11 Displaced after Apartment Fire in NE Charlotte

Eleven people were displaced after an apartment fire in northeast Charlotte. Officials say the fire started in the kitchen of one unit due to unattended food.

January 16th

2 Suffer Minor Injuries after Oakland High-Rise Catches FireMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building oaklandfire

Firefighters rushed to the scene of an Oakland high-rise fire and the nine-story building was evacuated. Fire officials said they believed smoke got into several units but only one was affected by the flames. A woman in the affected unit was hurt but refused medical treatment, while another man was also hurt when in the process of evacuating.  

4 People Displaced after Apartment Fire in Oklahoma City

Four people were forced out of their homes in the Chandelaque Apartment complex in Oklahoma City. Firefighters said the fire appeared to start on or near the balcony of the apartment, it extended inside the apartment and continued to grow.  

Boy, 2, Dies in Brooklyn Center Apartment FireMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building ows_142146149251700

A 2-year-old boy died in an apartment fire Friday morning in Brooklyn Center, police said. Commander Brian Peters of the Brooklyn Center Police Department said a man who had been in the apartment with the child jumped from a second-story balcony to escape the fire, and told police that the little boy was in a back bedroom. Officers were unable to get inside the apartment because of heavy smoke.  

Denver Firefighters Undertake High-Rise Training

For the first time ever, the Denver Fire Department allowed news cameras to follow new recruits on their journey toward joining the departments. In the clip, recruits climb one of Denver's tallest buildings to simulate a high-rise fire scenario. Denver assistant chief and Fire Engineering board member Dave McGrail discussed some of the challenges firefighters faced in this training evolution.  

Is your Chicago High-Rise a Fire Trap?

The Chicago Tribune lamented the fact that 455 of Chicago's 732 pre-1975 high-rises are still not up to fire safety code. They recall the tragedy of three years ago, when a high-rise resident rode an elevator to her 12th floor apartment and as the doors opened, a 1,500-degree plume of heat, smoke and gas choked her. Firefighters scrambled to reach her but arrived too late.

January 17th

Apartment Fire Started by Child

Thirteen people were displaced after a fire broke out at an apartment block in Indianapolis. Family members say the fire was started by a child and rapidly grew out of control. Smoke detectors alerted the family and neighboring apartments and firefighters were able to evacuate everyone to safety.  

Savage Man Jumps out of Window in Fire, Family Seeks SupportMulti-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  


January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building B7aqsSaCIAI5cfT

A Savage family is seeking help after their home was destroyed in a fire. The home was totally destroyed, and a 20-year-old man was taken to the hospital after jumping from a second-story window to escape. Crews tried to enter the structure but had to leave the main level because the second floor was collapsing.  

Fire Breaks out in High-Rise Building under Construction in Malad

A major fire broke out at a 42-story building, is under construction at Malad (East), in Mumbai.The fire started on 37th floor and later spread to the 42nd floor.  Eight fire engines, three ambulances, and, eight policemen were called to the spot, however, fire officials had no system to reach the 37th floor. No casualties have been reported. Multi-Story Fire & Safety News of the Week    This past week there were many small apartment fires, some of them deadly, on upper floors of buildings across the United States and Canada. There is also the interesting high-rise safety news out of Chicago where Mayor Emanuel is threatening to take buildings to court over their lack of fire safety standards.  
January 11th

Fast-Moving Fire Rips through Brooklyn Apartment Building 302705-blaze