VIDEO: More than a dozen units were severely damaged Thursday morning by a large fire that spread through a storage facility.
Flames shot high into the air as firefighters responded to the facility around 6:15 a.m. in the 2600 block of Allen-Genoa near S. Houston Road.
No injuries were reported and it wasn't clear what was inside the units that were destroyed. Sections of sheet metal were torn from the structures as crews hosed down the flames and debris that was left.
The facility is located behind a gas station and car wash. No other structures appeared to be threatened by the fire. The building that burned contained approximately 24 individual units.
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VIDEO: By day he is a firefighter/paramedic for the city of Tampa, and by night he is a rock 'n' roll drummer for the local band Jack Jagger.
Nick Cedela quickly and quietly packs up the hook and ladder in preparation, the fire alarm could go off any second inside Tampa Fire Rescue Station 19. He’s part of the Marine Division.
“Water rescue, any kind of marine fires, boat fires, we respond to it all,” said Cedela.
But when Cedela isn’t fighting fires, he’s pounding the drums, with his band.
“It’s a great stress relief especially the way I play,” said Cedela.
Cedela and bandmate Lani Daniels just finished their newest song, “Chemicals,” when the pandemic hit. “You know there are obstacles in this world that you need to overcome right now in this current situation, but this is our heart and we want to express ourselves,” said Daniels.
So instead of debuting “Chemicals” at a concert, they decided to make a safe, socially distant, music video.
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Google Maps will now highlight coronavirus case counts around the world and how bad outbreaks are in each region, Google announced Wednesday, with a new layer dedicated to information about the pandemic. The new feature will display the seven-day average for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the map area that a viewer is looking at, as well as whether cases are trending upward or downward.
The map, which will offer information for every country currently supported in Google Maps, will be color-coded to easily show the density of each area’s outbreaks, ranging from green (less than one case per 100,000 people) to dark red (more than 40 cases per 100,000 people).
The map will be based on information from “multiple authoritative sources,” including Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times and Wikipedia.
Users can access the feature, which will roll out this week on Android and iOS devices, by tapping the “Layers” button and clicking “COVID-19 info.”
Wildfires are nothing new in the Northwest, and the “Big Burn of 1910” in Idaho and Montana is still remembered as one of the worst disasters in the region’s history.
What’s not remembered so much is that one group sent to battle the blaze was a company from the 25th Infantry, a regiment of Black soldiers, most of whom were from the American South, but who were stationed at Fort George Wright in Spokane.
The Big Burn of 1910 has been the subject of books and documentaries – notably by Northwest author Timothy Egan and from PBS – for the centennial 10 years ago. The fire in late August of that year was actually a series of blazes mostly in Idaho and Montana, though partly in British Columbia and Washington, too. A total of an estimated three million acres burned, and at least 87 people died after what had been an exceedingly dry spring and summer. The science of forestry and the Forest Service as a federal agency were relatively new in those years.
Brent Vanfossan has been a firefighter in Christopher, Illinois for over 20 years. And he has wanted to buy his own firetruck for quite some time.
"This engine belonged to the Sesser fire protection district. They had it for sale for a while. And I had been looking for something to honor my son Kody," said Vanfossan.
On May 5th 2019, Vanfossan's son Kody was killed in the line of duty while fighting a fire in Christopher.
"He was a character. Didn't know a stranger. Had a little bit of a mouth on him, which every young kid does. Do anything to help anybody. And he loved firefighting," Vanfossan said.
To honor his son and other firefighters throughout the area, Vanfossan is creating a memorial for fallen firefighters across Southern Illinois, by putting the names of the firefighters, their fire department, and when they died on the side of the truck.
"There are unfortunately 20 names on the door. We wish it was zero," Vanfossan said.
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