Another Extra Alarm fire rages in Philadelphia, a city ravaged by devastating cutbacks to it's fire protection

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia fire officials struck out a fifth alarm at school fire in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia around 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

The blaze is believed to have started in the basement area where some construction was taking place at the Global Leadership Academy; a charter school located at 51st and Warren Streets.

Flames quickly spread upwards causing a section of the building near the courtyard to collapse. There have been no reports of any injuries.

Widespread icing prompted a call to the streets department for salt trucks. Street icing from water runoff has been hampering hose crews trying to get the upper hand on the blaze. LINK

I know it’s been a few days since I last posted but some time you just need to take some time off. So over the last few days I have limited my computer time as much as possible. We have been busy around the house dealing with what may turn out to be a pretty significant plumbing problem. It appears that our waste line may be clogged by tree roots that have caused the pipe to collapse. It never ends. So lately I have been just taking it easy, catching up on my sleep, spending as much time as I can with the kids and dealing with things one step at a time. Today I’m taking the boy and his BFF Isaac sledding.

In the mean time Philadelphia continues to burn. This morning another extra alarm fire broke out in west Philadelphia. This fire reached five alarms. I am glad not to be working on days like this. Soaking wet in the bitter cold gets old. I am listening to the fire department radio via East Coast 911 and I can tell that the department is a mess right now with make-up companies and cover-ups of tired, depleted fire companies.

Since the Nutter administration set out on a course to destroy the Philadelphia Fire Department by closing ten companies, any serious fire or incident places an incredible strain on the line companies and city wide protection. Companies are constantly being shifted all over the city into unfamiliar neighborhoods, leaving large areas virtually unprotected. This repeated hammering is taking a devastating toll on both manpower and equipment department wide. Our drivers are under significant stress and our equipment is constantly breaking down.

Meanwhile the MSM ignores the real story. That is until there is another tragedy.


  1. Wyatt Earp says:

    I told you ya gotta get rid on that damned tree! It’s the devil’s work!

  2. Rick says:

    Be Safe and relax as much as possible

  3. Ingineer66 says:

    Holy crap, didn’t know they even had 5 alarm fires. I thought in most places after 4 it was just a general alarm for all personnel in the department to respond. Try to stay safe out there.

    • Yeah but we used to be able to turn out ten to twelve alarms. Not any more. Five alarms depletes just about everyone on duty and forces them to call in overtime guys.

  4. Mike47 says:

    Captain: If you have to do serious work on your sewer pipe, consider Trenchless. They drag a mandrel through the pipe which breaks it away and expands the hole. Then they line it with it an epoxy-impregnated fabric “sock” which is permanent. Tree roots don’t penetrate, because no water leaks through. Not sure of costs, but have heard no bad things about the fix.

  5. Old NFO says:

    Do what you gotta do… we’ll be around…

  6. Bob G. says:

    That’s the perfect case where FIRE & ICE do NOT mix in any way, shape or form.
    That makes a bad situation worse….(by miles).

    Family & health comes before anything else…so take it slow and like Old NFO said:
    …We’ll be here.

    Roll safe.

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