First Alarm Structure Fire (in HDR)

You couldn't keep away from it My Precious. It calls to us.Whatever....

At 11:38 the call went out "structure fire at 24th street and Roosevelt" at Photography studio. I almost didn't go (because of the day before yesterday). I changed my mind, grabbed my bag and ran out the door. I got to 32nd st. and McDowell when I heard them call the balance of a first alarm. I got on the the freeway and off again at 24th st. thus skipping several lights. I managed to get there within 5 minutes, and before the cops. I parked about a half block away, grabbed my scanner, and camera then walked the rest of the way in. Engine 8 was parked by the front door and several crews were already inside fighting offensively. There were several off duty firemen who showed up, then the news people showed up. At approximately 11:55 the emergency tone was sent out and everyone was ordered out of the building. Engine 8, and the building owners car were moved from the buildings entrance an unmarked ladder began setting up. Ladder 11 to the east in a parking lot, and the other ladder to the south of the building. Around 12:00 there were several small explosions coming from the broken windows near the entrance on the east side, at 12:09 the fire began to roll out of the collapsing roof. The walls on the west side started collapsing inwards and the firemen began evacuating houses to the west. While I was watching and taking pictures a fireman (possibly a Battalion commander) was standing next to me all excited and said to me "Are you getting this!!", "Have you seen anything like this!!", "WOW look at that!!". I wanted to say "not since the day before yesterday", but I just said "not in a long time". Around 12:30 Chris called to ask if I knew what the smoke was from at 24th st. south of the freeway. I told him I was there. At 12:35 I was quite hot and tired and the police were starting to rope everything off and being general butt heads, plus the majority of the fire was knocked down. I got to my car drank a very warm bottle of water (mmmm warm water) and took off. At 13:38 command was terminated. While at the scene I overheard one of the battalion commanders talking to another fireman and saying that the buildings owner suspected arson, as he was there and saw someone doing something (I could not hear all of the conversation). Here are the pics:

Update: this picture taken the day after.


Second Alarm House Fire (in HDR)

Update: This was former Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimza's house.

Once again the gods of fire chasing smile upon me, but demand a sacrifice (they nearly get it).

At approximately 12:20 today there was a house fire at 9411 N. 43rd st. Since I was driving I decided to chase (I was at Indian School and 7th st.), At about 12:35 I heard on the radio that the FD was going defensive as the roof was collapsing. The fire was in a 2 story luxury home (I later heard that the fire was started by a water heater and spread to the roof). Units from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale were on scene, so was the token cop.

I was able to get some pictures by hiking up and around to the back of the house (in 110 degree heat), then back down to the entrance of the cul de sac where I got pictures of the front of the house. I crawled back to my car and blessed air conditioning, thus I avoided sacrificing myself. I drove in a daze to the nearest 7-11 and drank a liter of cold water. (note to self) Do not drink cold water fast, when you are waaaaay overheated. The fire was reported out about 90 minutes later.

At 15:35 a call went out for the same location as the fire re-ignited. It was reported out again about 30 minutes later. At 16:30 another call went out, then again at 16:40 (fire still not completely out?). No other calls heard after 17:00

Here are the Pics:

There were a couple of more house fires pretty close by my home, yet somehow I didn't feel like going to them.

Hello Robert.

uh... Hello... Self?

How's your headache?

I don't want to talk about it!

Are you going to do that again?


Thought so.

We hates you!!! Leave NOW and never come back!

I can't... my precious.

Uhmmmm. Okaaay? (Maybe the heat affected me worse than I thought).