WEST KENSINGTON – November 17, 2010 (WPVI) — At least one fireman was injured after a house fire in West Kensington. Fire broke out just before 6:00 p.m. on the 3100 block of D Street. Heavy fire was reported at the two story vacant dwelling. The fire was brought under control around 6:16 p.m. A 39-year-old fireman was taken to Temple University Hospital after a fall. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

This fire happened in my section of the city. We often cover up Ladder 3′s station since they aren’t far from us. Engine 2 & Ladder 3 are among the best fire companies our department has and the firefighters there are legendary for their toughness, dedication and professionalism. Having one of their guys hospitalized is going to be tough on them until he gets back to work. If he gets back to work…

After learning of this incident I scanned the news over the past couple of hours looking for more information but this one paragraph summary was all I could find. We are talking at least five local news stations with websites and at least two major newspapers. It seems that firefighters getting seriously injured amid the worst cutbacks in the history of the department isn’t worthy of much coverage. Go figure.

The news did manage to report that this firefighters injuries were not “life threatening”. But they didn’t say they weren’t career ending either. Falling any distance off a ladder can result in significant injuries. Falling off while wearing 80 lbs. of equipment can be debilitating. I guess the news figures that the coverage just isn’t warranted. Or maybe they think that any coverage of the problems with the fire department will just make the Mayor look bad and undermine his reckless policies. Ya think?



  1. Old NFO says:

    Thoughts and prayers sent for his speedy recovery.

  2. Spock says:

    Or the department (PIO?) isn’t forthcoming with news/press releases/etc. because we can’t make the bosses look bad…

  3. DD says:

    The media and Nutter have more pressing matters that injured public servants!

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