E 14th Ave Arson

Arsonists are apparently working the night shift in Battalion 3. Just before midnight on July 31, fire crews were summoned to a large brick home on E. Fourteenth Ave. Flames were through the roof on arrival. A neighboring apartment building was evacuated as a precaution. No one was injured but the home suffered nearly $100,000 in damages. Box 15 responded with 3 members and served 4 cases of water and 2 gallons of Sqwincher during the hour that they were on scene.

First Cold Weather Response of the Season

Box 15 responded to the city of Groveport yesterday on a working fire. 911 calls reported a fire in a three story home at 284 College St, crews arrived on scene @ 1240 in the afternoon to find a house well involved with fire. The house which was reported to be over 100 years old was a total loss. Due to the unseasonably cold weather, Box 15 members have been staffing our truck and were on scene within half an hour.

Crews battled the fire from inside and outside. Madison Township Fire crews, along with the Columbus Fire Divison, and Hamilton Township Fire Department were all engadged in this fight for well over and hour and a half.

Box 15 served 45 fire and ems personnel three gallons of hot chocalate one gallon of coffee and one case of water. Our crews remained on scene for 2 1/2hours.

Photos from this fire can be seen here.

Has the Busy Spring Season Started for Box 15? As We Headed North of Worthington Today Several Wondered Aloud if it is.

Box 15 headed to the northern edge of Franklin County today for a 8 unit 2 story apartment building fire, Worthington Battalion chief (Bn101) was among the 1st to arrival and quickly upgraded it to a 2nd alarm.

Box 15 responded with Rehab 2 from Washington Township and arrived on scene within the hour to set up a rehab area near the front of the building.    Our crews fanned out and spent the next 45 minutes handing out five boxes of bottled water and one gallon of Sqwincher.  Our crews cleared the scene and returned to quarters to await the next run.

Photos of the run can be seen here http://tiny.cc/ai8uC

Fuel Tanker Crashes On Exit Ramp

At 10:32 PM, on October 10, Columbus Fire companies were dispatched on a freeway assignment at I-270 and State Rt. 161 in the northeast part of the city. Medic 29 was first on scene and advised that a fuel tanker truck had rolled over in the interchange and the truck cab was upside down with the driver pinned. Thus started a full-scale rescue and hazmat response that would shut down a 12 mile stretch of freeway for more than 18 hours.  Unfortunately, the driver did not survive.

Two hours into the incident, Box 15 was requested and Rehab 2 responded with a crew of two.  Due to work commitments, we changed crews at 6:15 AM, with the second crew remaining on scene until 4 PM.  During the deployment, we dispensed 6+ gallons of coffee, 10 cases of bottled water, 1 gallon of hot chocolate, 60+ granola bars, 10 dozen donuts and 100 cheeseburgers.  We also used 60 pounds of ice in serving more than 150 personnel.

Counting relief companies, Columbus Fire dispatched 16 different engine companies, 5 medics, 2 ladder trucks, 2 heavy

rescues, an airport crash truck and large water tanker, Hazmat 4 and numerous other supervisory and support units.  In addition, PUCO, ODOT & EPA officials were on scene, along with personnel from the towing and recovery contractor and environmental mitigation companies.  Unified Command was established in Command 18.  More than 48 hours later, EPA remains on scene, monitoring soil and air conditions.

Hazmat Déjà Vu

On Monday, June 27th Box 15 was requested to assist Columbus Fire on another Hazmat situation at 70WB to 270SB on the city's east side. This is the second time Box 15 and Columbus Fire have been to this location in the past couple months. Here is the link to the Déjà Vu. Box 15 was on scene for 6 hours where we assisted approximately 50 Columbus Fire and Madison Township Firefighters. We served 25 hamburgers, 10 fries, 4 gallons of Squincher and 6 cases of water.