The pictures somehow got out of order, to see them in the correct order as the fire progressed go the the JLFD website http://jakelandfd.weebly.com/2015-incidents.html
At 4:57 PM, Jakelands Bravest were dispatched to the Columbus Building at 487 Clifton Ave for a working fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke pushing from the first and second floors. Hoses were quickly stretched from Engine 5 to the basement and first floor to combat the blaze. Flames however were able to rage causing the first floor to partially collapse. After the collapse, firefighters became disoriented and were unable to find an exit. Firefighters who were in the basement became trapped and needed members from Rescue 1 to rush in and rescue them. Some firefighters were forced to make their way up to the second floor and jump onto ground ladders below. Five firefighters were injured. Lt Gregory Brown's neck and shoulders were injured after jumping out of a second floor window onto a ground ladder and falling to the pavement. Firefighters Chris Matthews and Larry Washington suffered second degree burns to their necks after the first floor collapse sent burning debris on top of them. Firefighter Natalie Porter suffered minor burns to her neck, shoulders and hands after she was attempting to escape the first floor after the collapse. Firefighter Vincent Nichols suffered minor injuries to his back after sliding down a ground ladder from the second floor down to the pavement. After the collapse of the first floor, flames shot up to the second and third floors. The roof eventually collapsed shooting flames thirty feet in the air. Firefighters then began combating the blaze from the exterior using master streams from deck guns, ladder pipes, tower ladders and multiple hoses. The fire was held to a third alarm assignment bringing in Engines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, Towers 1, 2, Ladders 3, 7, Squads 3, 10, Rescue 1, Battalions 1, 2 and Deputy 3 to the scene. A rehab unit from Westbrick was sent to the scene to assist. Mutual aid from Rochelle Heights, Lego Twp, Riverwoods, Portage, Buena Vista and North Lereado County was needed to stand by at empty firehouses. The cause of the fire appears to be an electrical panel in the basement. The building which was built in 1920, was declared unsafe by the Jakeland Building Department and will be razed.
As always Matt, another great incident. You gave Ladder 37 it's first call yesterday as I have had it in service for a couple days now. Always a pleasure to assist Jakeland when possible my friend. One of these days I will send you Ladder 37 and Engine 37 so they can get some action in Jakeland lol. Can't wait for the next incident.
Oh by the way, the white and green paint scheme will be making an appearance in the reserve fleet of Portage LFD.
Quoting Scotty Jones
Wow, this is one detailed scene that who have here Matt, it is very detailed with the smoke effect especially. Now a question, will Jakeland run mutual aid with Lego Falls fire?
Thanks for the comment! Jakeland would never refuse to offer mutual aid if requested. We already have established agreements with members of the LMFD so as far as mutual aid into Jakeland, that is already taken care of.
A fantastic incident. Extremely well photographed. Fire effects were awesome looking as well. Response and tactics scripting is spot on for the progression of the incident. Action shots of your amazing rigs is always something to look forward to. 10/10 BOAJVWD.