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  • Scrap yard fire (pics!)

    Monday morning @ 0230. Here's my little write up of the scrap yard fire we battled alongside a dozen other companies:

    At approximately 0230 Monday morning, Baden firefighters received a call for mutual aid regarding a confirmed fire at an Aliquippa scrap yard. Tower 47 and Rescue 47 were dispatched with full crews to assist firefighters from Aliquippa, Ambridge, Center, Hopewell, and about 6 other companies in the area. When crews first got on scene, they were met with 60-70 foot flames. The blaze was under control within the first three hours, with the total on-scene time at approximately 7 hours.

    Badens role in the battle was to establish and maintain a master stream from its Aeriel truck alongside Ambridge and Aliquippa. Hopewell provided manpower and a connection to local hydrants. Other departments provided lighting and manpower. According to the Chief, about 300,000 gallons of water ran through the truck, as it had been pumping for the better part of the morning. 2 man crews took turns in the bucket, at times donning SCBA and using air, in order to minimalize inhaling smoke and other chemicals released by the fire.

    The fire has been ruled an arson by the fire marshall, and the recycling center is now looking into installing security cameras on the premises, as thefts have been a constant problem. No one was hurt during the incident, and property damage was kept to a minimum.

    WPXI reported on the incident, with a video clip that can be seen here. WTAE, KDKA, the Post Gazette, and many other news outlets also reported on the incident.
    http://www.badenfirerescue.com

    Pictures on the website, but here's a few:






  • #2
    Out of curosity, could they not take a couple of dozers and plow around what is involved and let it burn ? That had to be some nasty run off.
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    • #3
      Around sunset they started up 2 claws and started throwing cars around so we could get underneath the pile. It wasn't till an hour or so before then that there was more steam than smoke.

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