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(NBC Bay Area)   6 alarm fire in San Francisco. Live coverage   (nbcbayarea.com) divider line 23
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2014-03-11 10:18:11 PM  
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Shostie: Huh. I didn't realize there was such a thing as a 6-alarm fire. I thought they topped out at 5. Like hurricanes.


It refers to the number of regional companies brought in. Three companies, three alarm. Six companies, six alarm, etc.

thehobbes: Did the hipsters revolt against google finally?


My first thought too. Was this going to become more high-priced apartments for programmers, pushing out more of the poorer folks in the city?
2014-03-11 09:23:54 PM  
2 votes:
And someone apparently got themselves under a BART train at Balboa Park

/San Francisco is having a bad day
2014-03-12 02:28:04 AM  
1 votes:
The property was barred from cleanup and re-development thanks to concerns expressed about displacement of mice in the runins during a city hearing.
2014-03-12 02:09:07 AM  
1 votes:
There was a senior housing project built very close to the the BART tracks in West Oakland. It looked like I could touch that lumber tower from the train. That was torched and the tracks were closed while the fire department used them to fight the fire. The whole thing went up like a torch.

Not sure I would want anyone to live in something like that. I know we could use housing,but not hastily constructed fire traps.

Linky: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=8718757
2014-03-12 12:03:48 AM  
1 votes:
Missed a "This is not a repeat from 1906" opportunity.
2014-03-11 11:41:25 PM  
1 votes:
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2014-03-11 11:17:40 PM  
1 votes:

lizyrd: violentsalvation: How many alarms do they have? I thought the scale topped out at five.

It depends on the city. Where I work, after the second alarm it becomes a "general alarm." But I work in a smaller city.

The first alarm brings 2 engines, 1 truck, and 1 ambulance (the ambulance guys are going to work as firefighters). A second alarm brings another engine, another truck, and another ambulance. It also calls back 16 off-duty guys to man reserve equipment and cover the city. A general alarm calls back all off-duty guys and pulls in mutual aid from surrounding towns. A bigger city like SF will be able to strike as many multiple alarms as they have resources to commit to the fire.


This.
In Dallas (TX) they go to 7 alarm.
1st Alarm - 3 engines, 2 trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 MICU
2nd Alarm - 3 more engines, 2 more trucks, 2 more Battalion Chiefs, another MICU, 1 Arson Inv,, Division Chief, Air Truck
3rd Alarm - 3 more engines, 1 more truck,1 more Batallion Chief,  Deputy Chief, Public Info Officer, MICU Supv and other support staff
4th Alarm and above - usually 3 additional engines and maybe 1 additional truck for each alarm.

If you are interested you can follow online - runs updated every 60 seconds.

http://www.box4.org/incident/current.cgi
2014-03-11 11:06:40 PM  
1 votes:
How alarmed should we be?

Fark: 6 alarm fire
URL: 2 alarm fire
Headline: massive blaze
Article: multiple alarm fire

Glad we cleared that up.
2014-03-11 10:51:48 PM  
1 votes:
If your building burns, I'm sorry.

Unless, if your building created a 20+ second, unstoppable, un-mute-able-from-the-player video ad. In which case, let the motherfarker burn.
2014-03-11 10:45:54 PM  
1 votes:

violentsalvation: How many alarms do they have? I thought the scale topped out at five.


It depends on the city. Where I work, after the second alarm it becomes a "general alarm." But I work in a smaller city.

The first alarm brings 2 engines, 1 truck, and 1 ambulance (the ambulance guys are going to work as firefighters). A second alarm brings another engine, another truck, and another ambulance. It also calls back 16 off-duty guys to man reserve equipment and cover the city. A general alarm calls back all off-duty guys and pulls in mutual aid from surrounding towns. A bigger city like SF will be able to strike as many multiple alarms as they have resources to commit to the fire.
2014-03-11 10:36:35 PM  
1 votes:

Gosling: Found the number. The tire fire was 106-alarm. It took ten counties' worth of fire departments to put the damn thing out.


The tone-code ("Emergency!") must have been epic.
2014-03-11 10:28:02 PM  
1 votes:
Found the number. The tire fire was 106-alarm. It took ten counties' worth of fire departments to put the damn thing out.
2014-03-11 10:27:24 PM  
1 votes:
It's not like they have a history of complete devastation by fire, so no biggie.
2014-03-11 10:25:37 PM  
1 votes:

lordargent: Shostie : Huh. I didn't realize there was such a thing as a 6-alarm fire. I thought they topped out at 5. Like hurricanes.

Nahh this is west coast, so it's probably more like earthquakes ... where each step up on the scale means a fire 10x as intense as the previous level.


We had a tire fire here in 2005. The alarm count reached triple digits.
2014-03-11 10:23:50 PM  
1 votes:

violentsalvation: How many alarms do they have? I thought the scale topped out at five.


Some cities use more than five (I remember a seven alarm fire somewhere recently) but a SF fire chief said they top out at five even though they called in units from all over the city.

I have a few coworkers who live in SOMA who are probably having a very bad commute home.
2014-03-11 10:23:47 PM  
1 votes:
Theaetetus:

My first thought too. Was this going to become more high-priced apartments for programmers, pushing out more of the poorer folks in the city?

Yep, probably about $3-4k/month rent apartments in that area.
2014-03-11 10:22:03 PM  
1 votes:
I work near the San Mateo bridge and the smoke plume was massive around 5:30 when I left the office, looked like more than one building at the time.
2014-03-11 10:21:05 PM  
1 votes:
Hot stuff coming through
2014-03-11 10:19:06 PM  
1 votes:

thehobbes: Did the hipsters revolt against google apple finally?


FTFY
2014-03-11 10:18:00 PM  
1 votes:
Shostie : Huh. I didn't realize there was such a thing as a 6-alarm fire. I thought they topped out at 5. Like hurricanes.

Nahh this is west coast, so it's probably more like earthquakes ... where each step up on the scale means a fire 10x as intense as the previous level.
2014-03-11 10:17:50 PM  
1 votes:
I saw the smoke from 101 just north of Palo Alto so yeah, big fire.
2014-03-11 10:08:20 PM  
1 votes:

Sniffers Row: My brother lives nearby. So far, his building is ember-free


Hope he stays safe.
2014-03-11 09:30:12 PM  
1 votes:
Well, rents are going to go up again.
 
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