Wirt - December 23, 2013

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HFD crews move in on a fast-spreading apartment fire on Wirt Road near Long Point shortly after 7 PM. A second alarm and three additional engines were summoned to control the fire which completely destroyed the eight-unit building in this photo plus heavily damaged another four units in a second building behind this one. Some were occupied; some were vacant. Apparently all residents made it to safety.

Market - December 18, 2013

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District 19 crews northeast of Downtown battle a gas-fed fire on Market and Yates about 6 AM. The one-alarm fire started in the house on the left but spread into the two-story barber shop/apartment on the right. Firefighters visible in between the two structures are trying to contain further spread from a burning gas meter.

Memorial - December 16, 2013

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HFD Engine 57 was first on scene of this large, two-story house fire in the fashionable Memorial section of west Houston about 2:15 PM. The crew is shown here pulling an additional line after the stubborn blaze managed to spread through much of the house. The home's position at the end of a narrow, dead-end street hampered access for most of the 6 additional engines and 3 ladder companies also sent to the fire.

Gray - November 27, 2013

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An HFD firefighter pulls burning soffit board from a large 2-story house about 5:30 AM. Three additional engines above a first alarm were called to suppress the fire at Gray and Hutchins. Two men allegedly staying overnight in the house for shelter made their escape into blustery near-freezing temperatures with some minor burns and were soon interviewed by arson investigators.

Rip Van Winkle - November 15, 2013

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An HFD firefighter works off of a ground ladder placed against a burning townhome on Houston's west side. The 2-11 fire claimed the life of an elderly female resident about 3 AM in the 12,600 block of Rip Van Winkle off Memorial Drive. Two other adjacent townhomes were subjected to heavy smoke and water damage, but several other units in the building were successfully protected by firefighters.

Rosedale - November 14, 2013

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The crew of HFD Ladder 7 directs its master stream into a large two-story house at the corner of Rosedale and South Freeway just south of Downtown about 8:30 PM. The 1-11 fire destroyed the home. No injuries were reported.

Almeda-Genoa - October 5, 2013

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After a multiple-alarm drought of more than six weeks, HFD firefighters waged a 2-alarm battle with a blaze that gutted a large antique mall on the city's far southeast side around 8:30 PM. One of two large buildings at the family-run business complex in the 9800 block of Almeda-Genoa Road was heavily damaged.

Beechnut - August 14, 2013

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HFD Safety Captain Tony Brown monitors a ladder crew's exit from an apartment roof moments after the crew cut a vent hole from which fire quickly erupted. The 2-alarm fire at about 4:30 in the afternoon during near-100-degree heat damaged eight units at 4600 Beechnut. Police officers from a sub station across the street helped evacuate several residents as fire trucks arrived.

Kelling - August 5, 2013

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The crew of HFD Ladder 59 moves off of a roof after venting it. The single-story house on Kelling near West Orem in southwest Houston burned during a 100-degree afternoon. A juvenile male was rescued through a window during the one-alarm fire and was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Blodgett - August 2, 2013

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HFD crews train exterior hand lines on a burning strip shopping center at Blodgett and La Branch, near downtown, in the pre-dawn hours. The 2-alarm blaze gutted a laundromat, where it appeared to originate, and spread to two adjacent stores before it could be contained.

Cheena - July 1, 2013

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An HFD firefighter gets a bottle change after battling a smoky one-alarm house fire in 90-degree heat about 1:30PM. A Signal 1-11 and 3 taps (3 extra engines) brought a total of 7 engine and 2 ladder companies plus several support units to the fire on Cheena Street near Cliffwood in southwest Houston.

Wilmington - July 1, 2013

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An HFD engine crew uses a 2 1/2-inch line to battle a large pallet storage company fire about 5AM. The one-alarm blaze on Wilmington Street near Cullen Blvd required 7 additional engines as hose had to be laid from several blocks away. Access to the fire was extremely limited as the business was at the end of a narrow, dead-end street on which trucks could only line up in single file and not pass. Apartment complexes downwind from the fire were patrolled for sparks.

Westheimer - June 7, 2013

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HFD crews switch to a defensive mode and Ladder 16 moves its aerial into position during a one-alarm/two-special-call commercial structure fire about 1 AM on June 7. Six additional engine companies were summoned to fight the blaze in the 1500 block of Westheimer in the Montrose Section west of downtown.

Reliant - June 5, 2013

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Thousands of uniformed firefighters, some from as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, were joined by thousands more Houston residents for a 3-hour-long service at Reliant Stadium on June 5 to honor the memory of four HFD members killed while battling a 5-alarm motel fire on May 31. In this photo, the pipes and drum corps of fire departments across North America lead a walking procession down Kirby Drive in front of the stadium before the start of the service.

Southwest Frwy - May 31, 2013

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Four HFD firefighters, two from Station 51 and two from Station 68, were killed and 13 others injured, including the Captain on Engine 68, when the lobby and restaurant building of the Southwest Inn at US59 and Hornwood erupted into flames just after Noon leading to a massive roof collapse that trapped the four and Engine 68's Captain. Subsequent collapses injured several other members trying to rescue those under the first collapse. It was the most tragic event for the department's members in its 118-year history.

Wheeler - May 8, 2013

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Engine company operators team up to stretch another four-inch line to a ladder pipe after an apartment fire becomes a defensive battle at Wheeler and Dowling, just after 9 PM. A wall of the building collapsed on a crew protecting exposures, sending a Captain to the hospital, and requiring a 2-11 for the Mayday. A citizen was also treated for smoke inhalation.

Hillcroft - May 3, 2013

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An HFD Captain awaits an attack line being stretched by his crew before entering a burning apartment unit at 7303 Hillcroft in the southwest part of the city. Firefighters contained this blaze to about 10 units despite a near-40-mph wind. It did, however, require 3 alarms just before 4 AM.

Stanford - March 14, 2013

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HFD crews mount a defensive attack against a one-story house fully engulfed and a two-story exposed apartment building that became heavily involved around 4 AM. The 2-11 fire occurred near downtown at Stanford and West Saulnier.

Greens Parkway - March 4, 2013

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HFD crews successfully protect the exposed 3-story apartment building on the left side of this photo even though it appears flames have jumped to it. The wind-whipped blaze raced through all but a few of the 50-units below a common-attic in the building on the right before it could be contained. A bad situation greeted first-arriving companies just before 11 AM: all three floors involved on the southwest corner of the building with a 30-mph wind blowing from the southwest. The IC summoned three alarms and four additional engines to suppress the fire.

Bryan TX - February 20, 2013

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Several thousand people attended a memorial service for Bryan FD Lieutenants Greg Pickard and Eric Wallace. Both men died from injuries sustained in a fire February 15th at the Knights of Columbus Hall near downtown Bryan. Pickard was a 32-year member of BFD; Wallace, a member for more than 12 years. Two other firefighters, Ricky Mantey and Mitch Moran, sustained severe burns and were recovering at a burn center in Galveston. Donations to benefit the surviving families and injured firefighters may be made to an account set up by the Bryan FD at any Wells Fargo branch, Account 1998677940.

Dashwood - February 20, 2013

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A lady, attempting to back her vehicle into a parking space, miscalculated and perched herself (and her car) at about 50 degrees resting on grounding wires around 8 AM. HFD's Ambulance 28 showed up with the lady still sitting in the driver's seat; and, after determining electricity was not an issue and that she wasn't hurt, they simply opened her door and helped her down.

Flaxman - January 20, 2013

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A Houston ladder company picks up its equipment to move off of the roof as flames begin to overtake a vent hole cut during a 2-alarm apartment fire on the city's east side about 3 AM. The blaze at 8010 Flaxman displaced residents of about a dozen units occupying the 50'x125' single-story structure. Several exposures were successfully protected as well.

Crossview - January 16, 2013

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A Houston firefighter knocks out windows on the second floor of a townhome in a row of 12 attached townhomes used in mixed fashion (some commercial, some residential) during a 3-alarm fire. The fire at 2724 Crossview near Westheimer in west Houston destroyed much of the building. A metal roof initially hampered firefighting efforts.
 



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