VIDEO: Cleveland firefighters battling a house fire on Pershing Avenue early Tuesday had a close call when the floor began to give way.
The first 911 calls for the fire came in at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.
When the first fire truck, which was coming from less than a half mile away, pulled up to the home at the corner of Pershing Avenue and Track Road they found fire shooting from windows of the two-story home.
Fire crews worked for about 30 minutes before a small group of them were on second floor and the floor gave way, causing the firefighters to drop a foot or two with it. The floor stabilized before collapsing into the first floor. Everyone was able to get out of the house uninjured.
Firefighters and police on scene said they believed the home to be vacant but neighbors said someone had lived there just a few weeks ago.
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From a “wild thought” to fruition, the Troy Fire Department introduced its first two “Hometown Heroes” apprentice students during a recognition ceremony at Fire Station No. 2 on Monday.
Chief Matthew Simmons introduced William Vernon and Joseph Schmelzer to a crowd of supporters. Simmons said the idea for the program began two years ago. Simmons worked with the city of Troy, Edison State Community College and state officials to bring the program, which will launch next week, to fruition.
The students will work 20-24 hours a week with a flexible schedule built around their course work.
Vernon, a veteran of the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge, is a Lehman Catholic graduate and resident of Piqua. Vernon specialized in HAZMAT services in the Army. He’ll also be training using the G.I. Bill, Simmons said.
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Chester Township Fire Chief John Wargelin says his department is among those nationwide facing an epidemic.
He's talking about staffing issues.
His department has battled an 85 percent turnover rate in the past five years.
Mentor Fire Chief Robert Searles referred to The US Fire Department Profile, 2017, released by the National Fire Protection Association in March that reported 1,056,200 firefighters in the U.S. in 2017 -- a 2% decrease from 2016.
The number of non-career/part-time firefighters dropped to its lowest estimate since NFPA began reporting this statistic in 1986, the study found.
"What is concerning about the study is that the trend continues and we are feeling it here in Lake County, especially with a decrease in our part-time ranks," Searles said.
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Conneaut voters are going to have a significant choice to make in November.
At Monday night’s meeting, Conneaut Council voted to place a 3-mill levy on the November ballot to pay for three additional full-time firefighters. The levy would be double the current 1.5-mill fire levy.
The fire department has three full-time personnel on a shift at a time, and one part-time firefighter, Chief Steven Lee said earlier this month. The increase in the levy would allow the department to add three new full-time firefighters.
There have been issues keeping part-time firefighters with the department.
“The problem is, these guys, right now, they’re doing the same thing I was doing when I was in their shoes and working part time: trying to get a full-time fire job somewhere,” Lee said at a work session earlier this month. “It can almost be like a revolving door.”
City Manager Jim Hockaday said the fire department doesn’t just fight fires.
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Authorities rescued four people after their boat capsized Tuesday afternoon in Lake Erie.
No injuries were reported after a U.S. Coast Guard crew and Avon Lake firefighters rescued the four people and brought them to shore, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.
The Coast Guard and the Avon Lake Fire Department could not say exactly when the incident occurred or how far offshore the boat was when it capsized. They also could not provide any information about the four people rescued. The Coast Guard assisted with rescue boats and a helicopter, authorities said.
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Toledo’s Fire investigative unit is looking into the cause of two suspicious fires from overnight.
A garage caught fire first early this morning near 5th and Starr Ave, then an hour later, another fire.
A Battalion Chief tells 13abc the fire is at a vacant house at the corner of Starr Ave and 5th Street.
Firefighters are still working to put out the fire. The FIU (Fire investigative unit) is on the scene, looking into a possible cause for both fires.
No one was hurt.
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