US 59 - December 26, 2012

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Members of HFD's Haz Mat 22 Team gear up at an 18-wheeler gasoline tanker fire on US 59 northbound at Will Clayton Blvd., only a mile from an active runway at Bush IAH Airport, around 4:30 AM. After the blaze was contained, firefighters discovered a body, presumably that of the driver, in the wreckage.

Holman - November 26, 2012

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A grinding, head-on collision before dawn near downtown between an SUV and HFD Ambulance 7 resulted in the ambulance crew, the patient in transport, and a relative of the patient riding in the ambulance all being rushed to the hospital. The driver of the SUV was dead at the scene. The incident occurred about 4 AM on Holman just east of Dowling.

Skene Way - November 22, 2012

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Village (TX) FD Engine 1 trains its deck gun on a burning 6,000 square-foot, two story residence in the affluent community of Hedwig Village, a west-Houston suburb. Village FD called for 4 engines from the Houston FD to help control the blaze which started about 4 PM Thanksgiving Day, apparently in the home's attached garage in the 11,700 block of Skene Way.

Industrial Rd - September 1, 2012

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A chemical warehouse burned to the ground and threatened another larger chemical warehouse next to it for several hours in the 13,600 block of Industrial Road in east Harris County, Texas. The Cloverleaf VFD responded just after 12:30 PM but immediately called for all tankers available in the county as the large industrial area had no fire hydrants. Both Port of Houston Authority fireboats also responded and eventually supplied two 5-inch hose lines from more than a half mile away that helped contain the fire. Ten other county fire departments responded as well as the Houston FD, which sent 3 alarms on mutual aid, making the total response a 6-alarm equivalent.

Gray Ridge - July 12, 2012

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HFD sent a box and then called in a 2-11 on mutual aid to Community VFD on the rainy morning of July 12. The fire consumed 24 occupied apartments in a complex at 15,250 Gray Ridge Drive. District 28 Chief James Campbell, in orange rain coat, supervises a defensive operation on the C side of the building.

Bellaire - June 28, 2012

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A Bellaire FD engine crew stretches an attack line toward a blazing car in a parking lot at Bellaire Blvd. and 610 on the morning of June 28, 2012.

McGowen - May 27, 2012

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HFD firefighter/EMTs from District 8 remove a female patient from her driver's seat after she collided with another car at McGowen and Crawford near downtown on May 27 about 9:15 AM. Two ambulances were on scene to treat other patients as well, none of whom had life-threatening injuries.

Northborough - May 23, 2012

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Ladder 74 (left) and Tower 64 team up to knock down an apartment blaze at Northborough Dr. and Rush Creek in far north Houston about 11:30 PM on May 23. Two additional engines were called in to control the blaze that heavily damaged 10 occupied units.

Airline - May 8, 2012

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HFD Engine 15 Engineer James Wathen radios command that he is hooked up in front of a fire that consumed a 200' x 50' vacant, two-story commerical building at Airline & Neyland in north Houston. District 31 Chief Kevin Carley summoned a 2-11 and 3 additional engines to control the fire about 1 PM Tuesday.

I-59 - May 6, 2012

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The crew of HFD Heavy Rescue 11 (working from a reserve unit) were first on the scene of a head-on car crash on the US 59 exit ramp northbound to I-10 near downtown about 8 AM Sunday. They freed a female patient from this car and she was rushed to the hospital. The driver of the other vehicle, a pickup, also had to be extricated by Ladder 19's crew and he, too, was transported. Witnesses said the pickup was traveling on the exit ramp in the wrong direction.

Riverway - May 5, 2012

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A fire in a guest room on the 10th floor of the Omni Hotel at 4 Riverway & Woodway was quickly contained about 10 Saturday night, but HFD chiefs summoned a 3-11 as a precaution. Light smoke can be seen wafting above the roof on the right of the 11-story structure (the fire was on the opposite side of the building) as 2nd-alarm crews make their way down the dead-end drive to the hotel. One citizen was transported to the hospital.

IAH - April 7, 2012

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A Colgan Air commuter flight operated for United Airlines made an emergency landing about 11 AM on Runway 9-R at Bush Airport (IAH) in Houston. The pilot radioed that he could not verify his nose gear was down and did a pass-by the airport where ground crews confirmed the situation. All 30+ passengers and the crew of 3 onboard the DeHavilland Dash 8 exited the aircraft safely.

Bissonnet - March 11, 2012

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A 50' x 150' metal-clad building used as a kayak store burns at 5822 Bissonnet in southwest Houston. HFD District 28 Chief Bob Schlieter summoned a 1-11 alarm and 3 additional engines (for a total of 8 engines and 3 trucks) to suppress the fire about 7:30 PM. A Bellaire FD engine crew (having jurisdiction across the street) also assisted HFD. Crews can be seen opening the store's front as well as venting the roof while an unseen engine crew moves in to knock the fire down from the C side. A fertilizer retailer in the same-size building was the B exposure and only 5 feet away, but it was spared.

N. Milby - March 4, 2012

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An occupied east-end house at 703 North Milby burns about 10:30 AM as half of the one-alarm assignment on scene makes an interior attack and the other half protects an exposed house on the opposite side as shown. Engine 17 was first-in and Tower Ladder 18 was raised as a precaution, but not used.

Tuam - February 8, 2012

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A popular Houston Midtown pizza parlor, "Late Nite Pies," at Tuam and Baldwin, was destroyed by fire shortly after 4am. The one-alarm fire brought out 5 HFD engines, 3 ladder trucks, and numerous chiefs and support units. All three trucks had operating ladder pipes (a third is operating behind the smoke) plus a multiversal and several hand lines were used.

Kipling - January 25, 2012

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Fire shoots out of the roof of a night club in Houston's Montrose area next to an occupied 4-story apartment building. HFD District 6 summoned 2 additional engines and an additional ladder above a box alarm to control the stubborn blaze at the Vintage Lounge at Kipling and South Shepherd about 4 AM. The two-story fire structure was originally built as an apartment building.

Airline - January 15, 2012

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Little York VFD firefighters begin overhaul of a flea market fire that began about 12:15 PM and sent up a column of smoke visible from across the city. The fire consumed about 10 stalls right in the middle of the giant complex at Airline and Gulf Bank, just north of Houston's city limits. LYVFD's incident commander summoned a second alarm from neighboring Harris County fire departments. More than 2,000 visitors were at the market at the time the fire started, but fast work by LYVFD firefighters averted what could easily have been a human and property catastrophe.

Main - January 7, 2012

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HFD fire and rescue crews prepare an elderly male patient with a severe leg injury for transport. Firefighters had to remove doors on his Chevy Impala about 10:30 AM to extricate him. His vehicle and a large pickup collided at Main and South Loop 610, only blocks from Reliant Stadium and only hours before the NFL Texans playoff game. As such, several police officers already in place for traffic control were there to report the incident immediately and render aid.
 



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