Wheeling Firefighters from “B” Platoon responded to a typical call today. Engine 11, Engine 10, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 and Duty Chief C-3 responded to 55 Lunez Ave., the YMCA Gym for the fire alarm activation. Engine 11 was on scene in under 2 minutes, be stationed less than 4 blocks away. What the companies found, for a fire alarm activation, was anything but typical. They found smoke inside the building. Dispatch upgraded the rest of the full response was to a structure fire response, responding with their lights and sirens on. Engine 11’s acting Lieutenant requested Thermal Imaging Cameras be brought in and they checked the inside of the building with the TICs. Crews made their way to the roof and it was determined that there was possibly an issue with the A/C units in the building. After some checking and determining it was safe, the occupants of the building were able to return inside. All companies cleared in under 30 minutes.
Wheeling Firefighters were dispatched to the 1100 Block of National Road, just across the street from Whisk Bakery and next door to Edgwood Lutheran Church in Woodsdale on Friday August 4, 2017 for the structure fire. Apparently, lightening had struck the house igniting it. Engine 5, Engine 2, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Squad 2, Duty Chief C-3, Investigator Unit 90, PIO and Wheeling PD were on the scene of the fire. Crews made an aggressive interior attack stretching several hand lines into operation in addition to extending the bucket of Ladder 1 to the second story/roof area of the 2 story wood frame house. Companies were successful at quickly knocking down the fire and stopping any extension into the home. Stay tuned to @wheelingfd on Twitter for more from PIO Philip Stahl.
Assistant Chief Harto C-4 was on the air in Engine 11’s district an observed a large column of black smoke in the area of the exit road of Wheeling Park, on the 1800 block of National Road. He advised dispatch that he was investigating. Moments later he called for Engine 11 to respond to the scene for a rubbish fire containing building materials and other garbage. Engine 11 arrived on scene in minutes and stretched one 1 3/4 inch hose line from their booster tank and extinguished the fire. Their crew used a pike pole to make sure the embers were out and dig through the rubbish to make sure there were no additional burning contents. Engine 11 and C-4 then cleared the scene.
Wheeling Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fully involved house on a fire, at 91 National Rd., at 0357 Thursday 4/20/17. Rescue 1 arrived on scene first and found a fully involved single-story wood frame house on the lower side of Wheeling Hill with one exposure. Engine 2 took the hydrant and stretched multiple lines into operation. Crews did an exterior attack, due to the amount of fire showing and because it was a vacant house. The condition of the house shifted and the chimney was a concern for possible collapse. Duty Chief C-2 called the 10-96 making the incident “All Hands Working.” Engines 2, 5 and 4, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Squad 2, Duty Chief C-2, Fire Chief C-1, Unit 90 Investigations, PIO, Wheeling PD and Ohio County Sheriff’s Office responded. The house was on Wheeling Hill, near the top, just down from the Indian Statue and Pike Street. Later, Engine 4 took a second hydrant and stretched other hose lines. Crews spent several hours at the fire and after the fire was contained, performed overhaul. The exposure house was successfully protected.