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ALL HANDS WORKING VACANT HOUSE FIRE – 13th Street EAST WHEELING

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Wheeling Firefighters from “B” Platoon responded to a report of a structure fire near 13th and Wood Sts in East Wheeling Thursday afternoon. Squad 2 was first on scene and reported it was a fully involved 2 story wood frame house. Engine 2 was the first due engine company and took a hydrant. Companies made an exterior attack under the decision of incident commander C-3, for safety reasons and because the house was apparently vacant. Companies operated for several hours and were able to successfully put out the fire. There were no reports of injuries and the fire is currently under investigation. Engines 2, 5, 4, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Squads 1, 2,& 3, Duty Chief C-3, Assistant Chiefs C-5 and C-8 were on the scene. Units 69 and 90 were also on the scene. The fire was on the upper east side hill of 13th Street.

Fire Alarm with Smoke Inside Building

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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.

Rubbish Fire – 1800 Block National Rd

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Firefighers Trash Fire

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.

“All Hands Working” House Fire – Sherwood Ave (Mil Acres)

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Mil Acres House Fire

Wheeling Firefighters were called to the Mil Acres section of Elm Grove Saturday morning for the report of a possible structure fire. Squad 2 arrived on scene first and found moderate fire showing from the door of the 1 story ranch wood frame house on the 50 block of Sherwood Ave. Prior to companies arriving, the report from dispatch was that the house was occupied and only 1 of the 4 residents were evacuated. Engine 11 arrived on scene shortly after Squad 2. Engine 10 took the first hydrant and hand drug the hose to the rig. Crews stretched lines and advanced into the house, after confirming all residents were evacuated. The main body of the fire was quickly knocked down. Crews continued to use their TICs and check for extension. Possible extension was found in the attic area and Ladder 1 opened up the roof for further ventilation. At the time of this article being published (04:51), companies are still on the scene and 1st alarm call outs are made. The city is under the command of Assistant Chief Harto C-4.

“All Hands Working” House Fire – East 1st Street – (North Wheeling)

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Wheeling Firefighters were alerted to a report of a structure fire on Friday evening, June 2, 2017. The fire was reported to be on East First Street in North Wheeling. Rescue 1 arrived on scene first with heavy fire showing from the the roof and C-3 ordered the incident to be made 10-96 or “All Hands Working”. Engine 2 arrived on scene as the first due engine company and took a hydrant and stretched multiple hand lines into operation. The house was reported to be occupied and Rescue 1 performed a quick search with negative results. C-3 ordered the exterior attack. There was heavy fire in the attic area and top floor. Crews worked for several hours and were succussfully able to bring the fire under control. They hit hot spots and checked for further extension. Companies on the scene were Engine 2, Engine 5, Engine 4, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Squads 1, 2 & 7, Unit 90 Investigator, PIO, Duty Chief C-3, Fire Chief C-1 and Wheeling PD. “B” Platoon was on Duty with several “A” Platoon call outs.

“All Hands Working” Attic Fire – 230 BLK Incline Ave (Mozart)

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Engine 4 Vacant House Fire

A full response of Wheeling Fire Department was sent to the 230 block of Incline Ave in Mozart late Tuesday evening 5/30/17 for the report of smoke coming from a structure. Engine 4 arrived on scene with C-3 and companies found heavy smoke in the attic of the vacant house. Crews made entry and found fire in the attic. Engine 4 took a hydrant and stretched lines into operation and attacked the fire. Crews also vented the structure. Companies made quick work of the fire and it was knocked down in minutes of the initial attack. They checked for extension and hit hot spots. Just shortly after midnight, all companies were clear.

Oven Fire – Locust Ave (Woodsdale) 5/27/17

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Wheeling Firefighters were called to a house on Locust Ave., in Woodsdale for the report of an oven on fire. Engine 10 arrived on the scene in about 1 minute, being located a few blocks away. Engine 2, Engine 5, Ladder 1, Squad 2, Duty Chief C-4 also responded. Companies found an oven on a self-cleaning mode that was filling the house up with smoke. Crews ventilated the structure using positive pressure ventilation methods with fans and by opening windows to remove the smoke. Companies worked on scene for about 30 minutes and cleared after the smoke was removed.

Kitchen Fire – Leawood Ave (Woodsdale) 5/21/17

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Rescue 1 Door Kitchen Fire

Wheeling Firefighters were called to a house on Leadwood Ave., in Woodsdale (off Knox Lane near Linsly School) for the report of a kitchen on fire. Dispatchers advised Duty Chief C-2 that was “heavy smoke” visible on the camera, so C-2 called for the 10-96 “All Hands Working”. Engine 10, Engine 2, Engine 5, Ladder 1, Rescue 1 (with a 4 person crew) and Duty Chief C-2 responded to the call. Engine 10 arrived on scene to find fire in the kitchen of the house and hooked up to the hydrant and stretched lines. The fire was quickly contained with no addition extension to other areas of the house. Overhaul was performed and the companies cleared about 2 hours after time of tone.

“All Hands Working” House Fire – 3900 Blk of Wetzel Street

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Wheeling Firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Wetzel Street in South Wheeling early Wednesday morning (3/22/17) for the report of a structure fire. The caller said her house was on fire and she was out but she still had animals inside. Engine 4, stationed only blocks away, was on scene in minutes and found a 2 story wood frame house with fire showing. Duty Chief C-2 called for the 10-96 and made the incident “All Hands Working”. Engine 2, Engine 5, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Squad 2, C-2, C-1 and Unit 90 also responded. Wheeling PD was also on the scene.

Companies made an aggressive interior attack, stretching 3 lines into the seat of the fire. They were able to knock down the fire quickly. They checked for extension and hit hot spots. 1 pet cat was rescued by firefighters.

National Fire Prevention Week

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Replace smoke alarms every 10 years!

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, is one of the primary reasons why we have a full week dedicated to National Fire Prevention. The fire which started on October 9, 1871 at 21:00 hours , killed up 300 people and destroyed 3.3 square miles of Chicago, Il.1 The largest fire in this week was not the Great Chicago Fire, but was a the Peshtigo Forest Fire in Northeast Wisconsin. This fire consumed 16 towns, 1.2 million acres and killing 1,152 people. President Woodrow Wilson officially declared a single day for National Fire Prevention Day in 1920. In 1922 Calvin Coolidge, changed  National Fire Prevention day to National Fire Prevention Week and as of 1925 a national observed week.

This years theme is “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Check the dates on your fire alarms, as well as any other alarms you may have in your house, apartment, or business. While some people think it may be unnecessary to have smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in each room, its life saving equipment that might give you those extra seconds you wouldn’t have it you did not know you or your family was in danger. These detectors can be purchased at any local retailer and sometimes given away by your local Fire Department or charity.

Wheeling Fire Department Public Meet & Greets

The Wheeling Fire Department will be holding public meet and greets from 13:30 – 15:30 (1:00 PM –                        3:30 PM) unless noted starting on Wednesday, October 12th to Friday, October 15th at the following locations:

  • Reisbeck’s Elm Grove – Get Directions
    • 2485 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Kroger – Mt. de Chantal – Get Directions
    • 200 Mount De Chantal Road, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Kroger – Warwood – Get Directions
    • 1241 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Lowes – South Wheeling – Get Directions
    • 2801 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Centre Market  – Get Directions11:00 – 13:00 (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
    • 2200 Market Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

Life Saving Tips

  • Have smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in each of your room.
  • Draw a floor plan of your house and note the nearest exits for each room. Block off certain points and show your family members other ways to escape.
  • Keep your head low, mouth and nose covered, and feel for warm/hot doors before opening. Do not attempt to open a hot door as fire is near.
  • Practice your escape routes in your house and meeting at your extraction point.
  • Don’t go back into a burning building.
  • If you have a second story, make sure you have escape ladders encase the bottom exit is completely blocked.

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Footnotes

1. Great Chicago Fire – Wikipedia

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