A massive fire destroyed at least one building in Orange County.
A large fire broke out around 11 a.m. on Thursday in Middletown at a large commercial building on Midland Avenue. The blaze also started a number of brush fires behind the building.
"On Thursday 11/19/2020 Middletown FD was alerted to a structure fire on Midland Avenue Extension. On arrival, units had heavy fire in a commercial building. We would like to thank the MANY agencies that were operating on scene, the brush fires, standby, and the OC management teams. THANK YOU," the Middletown Fire Department wrote on Facebook while sharing photos of the blaze Friday morning.
Officials from the City of Middletown confirmed the fire started at 9 Midland Avenue. The blaze caused several roads to close including parts of Wisner Avenue and North Street. It's believed the blaze was started when a forklift hit a natural gas line, NewsSource reports. No injuries were reported.
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The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department says firefighters who have been exposed to COVID-19 but who have not tested positive should continue to work.
The fire department says that since the virus hit, 67 members have tested positive.
There are more than 400 members of the firefighters union. "I think it's creating a potentially dangerous situation for both the firefighters and the public," said union president J.J. Simma.
If a firefighter tests positive, it's treated like any on-duty injury. If a firefighter is exposed, but not showing symptoms, they still must quarantine but they would have to use their own sick time. It is not treated the same as an on-duty injury.
"If I am quarantined and I have no illness, I have nothing to put down on the injury or illness on-duty form," fire Chief Michael Callahan said.
Simma said some new firefighters who lack much built-up time off are exhausting their sick leave and vacations.
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The owners of two smoking and vaping supply stores in downtown Los Angeles where a large explosion left several firefighters seriously injured struck plea deals with prosecutors Thursday that call for their businesses to pay more than $100,000 to the city.
As part of the agreement with the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, the retail businesses, Smoke Tokes and Green Buddha, must pay the Los Angeles Fire Department roughly $127,000 to compensate the agency for the investigation into the May 16 blast, which rocked downtown L.A. In addition, Raheel Lakhany and Shafaq Sattar, who each owned one of businesses, agreed to cease operating at the location of the fire.
Charges against Lakhany and Sattar as individual defendants were dismissed as part of the deal. Instead, their businesses pleaded no contest to four municipal code violations involving the improper storage of flammable materials and other fire code violations.
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The coronavirus vaccine works entirely different than any other human vaccine ever used. Scientists say to not think of this vaccine like a flu shot, because it uses new technology some are calling a game changer.
“It's a new era in vaccine design,” says postdoctoral researcher Stephen Goldstein.
A flu vaccine is a diluted version of the virus that might provide a defense if the actual virus is introduced into the human body.
When a patient gets injected with the coronavirus vaccine, messenger RNA carries instructions to the cells on how to make COVID-19 spike proteins. The spike proteins have shown to not be harmful to humans during clinical trials. Goldstein says the body can pump out huge quantiles of the spike protein into the blood stream, which can then attack the virus if it's introduced into the body.
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PHOTOS: The 775th Civil Engineering Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight recently added two new vehicles to their fleet Oct. 29, which will greatly expand emergency and incident response capability.
The first of two is a 2020 Oshkosh P-23 Aircraft Rescue Firefighting vehicle. The truck, which has a call sign of “Crash 8,” is a completely modernized, top-tier aircraft fire response vehicle that uses the latest in technology for efficiency and crew safety.
Although it is usually deployed with three firefighters, the truck is designed to be completely operated by one firefighter within the cab.
The large, reinforced heat resistant glass cockpit area provides greatly improved visibility while the 6-by-6 wheel drive and articulating axles allow for a tighter turning radius.
“With 3,000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of AFFF (foam) and 500 pounds of dry chemical, this platform utilizes integrated computer software to control the pump pressures and valves, in order to pump and roll or simultaneously move while applying agent,” said Jeff Herriott, 775th CES deputy fire chief.
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