May 23, 2016 |
This job can be so educational. This week, the lessons involve fire safety in areas around the home in which cooking is done. That could be in the kitchen, or outside at the grill on the patio or the deck. Did you know that every 4.5 minutes, a fire department responds to a kitchen fire? The National Fire Protection Association reported that U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires each year in which cooking equipment is involved. Liberty Mutual Insurance says 45 percent of consumers are distracted by television or music while they are cooking.
January 8, 2016 |
Philadelphia tallied 12 fire deaths for all of 2015, the fewest ever recorded in the city's modern history. Shortly after 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day, acting Commissioner Derrick Sawyer made it official on his Twitter account. "We did it. The lowest fire fatalities in the history of the department. #FireIsEveryonesFight," he wrote. The good news may boost Sawyer as a candidate to continue as commissioner under Mayor Kenney, who is the son of a retired firefighter. Kenney has ordered a national search for someone to lead the fifth-largest fire and emergency services department in the country.
May 27, 2015 |
Joseph C. Flores, 59, of Northeast Philadelphia, a retired Philadelphia fire official, died Saturday, May 16, at home of unclear causes. Mr. Flores retired as a captain in the Philadelphia Fire Department in 2004 after a 28-year career. A Navy veteran, he was certified as a fire-protection specialist and worked professionally and as a volunteer to prevent fires. During his years with the Fire Department, he specialized in planning for the evacuation of high-risk populations - those in hospitals, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, schools, high-rise buildings, industrial settings, and day-care centers.
January 31, 2015 |
Two people were killed in a South Philadelphia rowhouse fire early Thursday and a police officer was injured trying to rescue them, fire officials said. The fire on the 400 block of Daly Street was reported at 1:23 a.m., officials said. Companies had arrived on the scene by 1:27, Fire Department spokesman Chief Clifford Gilliam said, and entered the house shortly afterward. Inside, they found the bodies of a man and a woman in their 60s. Gilliam would not identify them, but residents on the block said their first names were Mickey and Marsha.
July 22, 2014
RE: "FOP prez and reporter's ethics" story: Stop crying, you big baby! You're saying the Daily News reporters brought diapers, food and paid utility bills for their sources. When the cops pay their "confidential informants" - yes, pay them - what do you think they do with the money? I bet most of them buy drugs! You can't do it and then bitch when other people do it to get info. They are doing their jobs, like you cops do yours. Bobby LaVelle Philadelphia No lesson plan Just can't understand how executives, like the school superintendent, can use their knowledge and expertise to to further their careers but develop amnesia when they actually get the position.
March 16, 2014 |
EAST OAK LANE All morning Friday, rental trucks and vans pulled up to the curb outside the Oak Lane Gardens condominiums at North 13th Street and 68th Avenue. Residents hurried in and out of the building, hauling their possessions to the sidewalk. The clock was ticking. City workers with hammers and nails waited to board up the doorways of the four-story building at 2 p.m. One man had ripped out his kitchen sink to take away. Another had hauled a refrigerator to the sidewalk.
February 1, 2014 |
Philadelphia City Councilman Dennis O'Brien blasted the Nutter administration Thursday, saying nothing had been done to address the hazards of vacant buildings like the former Kensington mill that burned in 2012, taking the lives of two firefighters when a wall collapsed. On Thursday, O'Brien introduced a bill calling for a vacant-property task force that would inspect buildings and create a database of information that would be made available to responding firefighters. But administration and fire officials said many of the changes in O'Brien's bill would duplicate efforts underway, and took exception to O'Brien's criticism that "nothing has happened" in response to the Kensington fire.
January 8, 2014 |
TRENTON - A state Senate panel advanced a bill Monday that would require some new houses built in New Jersey to be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. Supporters of the legislation say sprinklers could save lives at a relatively low price, about 1 percent of the total cost of building the home. The bill requires installation in new single- and two-family homes. More than half of the 85 civilian casualties due to fires in 2012 occurred in single- and two-family homes, according to data from the state Division of Fire Safety.
September 13, 2013
The battle against the 11-alarm fire that ravaged a Dietz & Watson warehouse in Delanco last week was hampered by the building's 7,000 solar panels. Fire Chief Ron Holt refused to allow firefighters on the roof for fear that they would be electrocuted. Other fire officials said the chief made the right decision given that the panels continue to generate electricity as long as they're exposed to light, and many models lack an emergency switch. None of that should become an excuse to bash solar power.
February 27, 2013 |
A man died and two others were injured in a Southwest Philadelphia house fire late Sunday, officials said. The 11:30 blaze erupted in a property on the 1200 block of South 46th Street. Firefighters on Monday did not release the identity of the deceased. A neighbor, Lola Smith, 63, said she fell asleep Sunday night with the TV on and awoke about midnight to three loud knocks on her front door. A police officer and a neighbor told her there was a fire next door and rushed her and her brother, who has special needs and was upstairs, outside and onto the street, she said.