The subject was no laughing matter as local students and fire personnel from around North America gathered Monday morning at Desert Valley Elementary School for a fun-filled skit on fire safety being presented by the Arizona Fire and Burn Education Association and Arizona Public Service.
Police at the scene of a fire at seniors residence in L’Isle Verte eastern Quebec are in “mass casualty management mode.”
Updating fire incident datareports when fire departments obtain new information, such as fire investigation results, could have the largest impact of any activity on
reducing the high percentage of serious fires reported as having undeterminedcausal data, according to a report released today by the National Association
of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (the NASFMFoundation). The NASFM Foundation refers to this activity as “Closing the
Loop” on a fire incident report.
With a 2011 Fire Prevention & Safety grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, the NASFM Foundation’s research focused on addressing the problem of “unknowns” in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) – specifically, undetermined and/or missing data about causes of
fires in NFIRS. This problem seems to be especially prevalent for more serious fires, particularly those involving fatalities.
A house fire in Glendale Monday night was caused by two children playing with matches, according to investigators.
The children, ages 3 and 5, were in a bedroom of the home near Olive and 47th avenues when they set a stack of clothes on fire, according to Glendale Fire Department spokesman Michael Young.
The fire spread to a stereo speaker and other items in the room.
The children’s mother grabbed the clothes and put them in a bathroom sink while another family member attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.
The mother sustained a minor burn to her forearm and was treated on scene.
For information regarding Glendale Fire Department’s Youth Firesetter Intervention program, visit www.glendaleaz.com.
Video: This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.
Facts & figures
- Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
- Electrical problems were factors in one-third (32%0 of home Christmas tree structure fires.
- Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
Source: NFPA’s “Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires” by John R. Hall, Jr., November 2013.
Also see: Fact sheet on Christmas trees and holiday lights (PDF, 51 KB)
Video: NFPA’s Lisa Braxton offers a few simple safety tips to consider during the holiday season.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Firefighters are blaming hoarding for the difficulty they had fighting a fire at a mobile home on Thanksgiving. The fire was in a neighborhood near 67th and Northern Avenues.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they quickly realized the home was packed with items from floor to ceiling and all doors and windows were blocked. The items in the home included newspapers, magazines, personal papers, clothing, furniture, appliances, boxes and trash. The walls of the mobile home had to be removed from the outside for firefighters to fully extinguish the blaze, according to Michael Young with the Glendale Fire Dept.
Two dogs were saved from the fire.
“I was at work,” said Eugene Manten, the man who lives in that home. “I’m like you’re kidding right, no sorry your house is on fire and I felt an immediate sense of panic and dread kind of set of in.” Manten was panicked because he feared his dogs might have been trapped by the fire.
Luckily, his neighbor knew about the dogs and alerted firefighters. Glendale Fire Investigators are classifying the cause of the fire as undetermined at this time.
Firefighters want to remind residents about the dangers of hoarding items, which include:
- Increased risk of fire due to the accumulation of combustibles such as papers, clothing and rubbish poses a severe fire hazard
- Blocked escape from fire due to the exits, hallways, windows and doors being obstructed by debris
- Extreme risk to emergency response personnel
- Risk of structural damage due to the weight of the items being hoarded
- Risk of injury or death due to being trapped under falling debris
- Risk of disease, injury or infestation by insects or rodents
Join FIRE 20/20 for our September webinar that features our new Free Multicultural
Resources and Opportunities. The fire service is facing the problem of not
having enough money, people, resources and time to connect with the communities
they serve. To solve this problem, FIRE 20/20 suggests that the fire service
proactively engage and build relationships with the different multicultural
communities they serve to increase prevention, safety and community support.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 10:00-11:00 am PDT