Christmas Eve Tragedy

Just before midnight on Christmas Eve, Columbus companies were dispatched to a house fire at Wisconsin & Cable Avenues.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a 2 story wood frame dwelling heavily involved.  Due to its poor condition, the building was initially thought to be unoccupied.  An initial search was impossible due to the extent of the fire.  Upon gaining the upper hand, companies entered the structure and found three Code 1’s.  One Box 15 member was doing a ride along with Rescue 17.  The Incident Commander requested that he have Box 15 respond.  Rehab 1 responded with a crew of 3.  They remained on-scene for more than an hour and a half, dispensing ½ gallon of coffee, 1-1/2 gallons of Hot Chocolate, Granola bars and ½ case of bottled water.

Second Alarm on Gross Point Drive

On December 18th, 2011 at 05:10 hours, Box 15 was requested to respond to a 2nd alarm fire at 2794 Gross Point Drive in Columbus. The temperature was in the low 30's during the 3 hours that we were on the scene, and we served approximately 80 firefighters five cases of water, two gallons of coffee, two gallons of hot chocolate, granola Bars, and fruit cups.

Thanksgiving Was Quiet But Then on Friday…

At 8:36 AM, the MECC Center dispatched Jefferson, Mifflin & Plain Township companies to a residence fire on Johnstown Road.  Rescue 133, stationed only a few blocks away, reported a heavy column of smoke as they pulled out of quarters.  The single family dwelling had heavy fire extending from an enclosed breezeway into the garage as well as into the upstairs portion of the home and through the roof.  Companies made an initial interior attack but the fire rapidly spread across the upper floor and defensive operations were ordered.  Crews soon gained the upper hand and the fire was brought under control.

One box 15 member who lives less than 2 miles away reported directly to the scene, followed by a second member who brought 2 cases of bottled water.  Rehab 1 arrived about ½ hour later and remained for an hour and a half.  During the deployment, we dispensed 2 cases of bottled water, 2 gallons of coffee, hot chocolate, 2 dozen granola bars and a new item for us – fruit cups, which went over well.

Hamilton Township & Columbus Fire Runs, One with a Firefighter Down Call

Box 15 responded with Hamilton Township early Saturday morning to 167 Cottage St, near Scioto Downs.   Hamilton Township crews requested us for a single family house just off of High St.   Crews had to battle nearly 10 inches of snow fall to contain the fire.   Our crews arrived to serve 30 firefighters from Hamilton Twp and Jackson Twp and other mutual aid units.

Our second run of the day was @ 1831 Roberts St on the northeast side of Columbus around 1130pm.  Crews battled a basement fire in a house and just after containing the fire, Engine 16 LT. collapsed and a firefighter down call announced.   A quick rescue was made and the lieutenant was brought out of the house in full arrest.   Medic 18 transported him to a close-by hospital,  and after shocking him a normal sinus rhythm was seen.   He remains in the hospital.  Box15 crews served one gallon of coffee and hot chocolate at the scene

Photos from the scene can be viewed here:

More details about both these runs will be provided later, as well as an update on the firefighter.

Robert Street, Columbus
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Cottage St, Hamilton Township
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Box 15 Helps With Rehab on SR 161 at Hamilton Rd

Because of the cold weather Box 15 had pre-staffed Rehab #2 with personnel today, and it payed off.   A reported cargo truck was on fire on State Route 161 @ Hamilton Rd on the cities northeast side.  Plain Township Engine 121 arrived to find a small cargo truck with HAZMAT materials onboard was on fire.  A requested was made for Columbus Fire Hazmat 4, with that information Box 15 rehab 2 was on the road.  We arrived within 20 minutes and set up a rehab area just west of the then contained truck fire.  A quick setup of our rehab tent and heater and Box 15 was working rehab.  While a limited amount of resources were sent in by CFD it was still considered a HAZMAT Level 1 by CFD officials.  Box 15 was on scene for 1 hour and served around 15 fire personnel. 

Check out the photos of the run here.

Box 15 Heads East on a Rehab Run

A Box 15 request was sent late yesterday evening to Lorraine Blvd in the city of  Pickerington.  Heavy fire in a 1 1/2 story greeted Violet Twp Fire Fighters along with heavy snow, crews entered the home but were unable to knock down the blaze and had to be pulled out of the house.

Box 15 was requested @ 735pm and was on scene by 820pm.  Our crews went to work by brewing hot chocolate and coffee. 35 firefighters were served one gallon of hot chocolate and one gallon of coffee.  Box 15 crews were cleared by 1000pm.

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