Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Firefighters Battle Oil Fed Semi Fire

Interstate 40 -

On January 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM, E523 recieved an alarm for a motor vehicle fire on Interstate 40 at the 81 mile marker eastbound. While responding, information was given that the tractor trailer was hauling motor oil and had ignited a secondary vegetation fire, E526 and WT528 were then dispatched. Upon the arrival of E523, crews deployed a 1 1/2 CAFS attack line and suppressed the vegetation fire holding it at 1/4 of an acre and began attacking the vehicle fire which had spread to the contents of the trailer, but could not successfully extinguish the oil fed fire.

Firefighters Matt Young, Travis Menter and Sean Osterman
during suppression efforts.
Photo by Firefighter Steve Little

E526 and WT528 arrived on scene and assisted E523 crew with the application of Class A & B foam and were able to knock the fire down and begin overhaul. ADOT Hazardous Materials was notified and a team was dispatched to the scene to mitigate the oil run off which was diked southeast of the incident. Crews were on scene for approximately 6 hours and the Department of Public Safety closed eastbound Interstate 40 traffic for 3 hours until the fire was under control. No injuries were sustained by the driver or fire personnel but the vehicle and its load were a total loss.
Helmet cam photo from Lieutenent Ron Hood

Monday, January 7, 2013

Crews Respond to Grim Fire Scene

On January 7, 2013 at 7:05 AM, E521 and C501 were dispatched to the area just south of the Interstate 40 on DW Ranch for a reported person on fire. E521 crew arrived on scene and began patient care on an individual laying face down on the ground and soon was determined deceased. The victim had stab wounds and was on fire prior to their arrival but had been extinguished upon the engines arrival by a passerby. Crews remained on scene until the Mohave County Sheriff's Office arrived and the scene was passed over.

The following article was posted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Arizona firefighters discover burning body near Kingman

By Dave Hawkins
Posted: Jan. 7, 2013 | 4:36 p.m.
A burning body was found early Monday morning by Pinion Pine Fire Department personnel responding to a fire report about 5 miles east of Kingman, Ariz.

Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan said the homicide victim was a black man between the ages of 25 to 35. He weighed 200 pounds and was between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall.

The body was found along an Interstate 40 frontage road near DW Ranch Road just after 7 a.m.
Sheahan said the man was likely killed elsewhere and transported to the location. A gas can was found at the scene.

Sheahan said the body was discovered facedown in the dirt. The man had short black hair, a short beard and moustache and was wearing a blue denim shirt, black pants and black dress shoes with laces.

"The victim's left upper chest has a large cross tattoo and below the tattoo 'the truth hurts' is written," a news release said. "The victim was wearing a large stud earring in his left ear."

Autopsy results are pending. Anyone with information about the ongoing case is asked to call the sheriff's office at (928) 753-0753, or Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.