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Portsmouth Fire Rescue & Emergency Services

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release on January 12, 2019

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Responds to a Container Crane Fire at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT).

At 07:26 am today, personnel from the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to the report of a container crane on fire at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal located at 445 Lee Ave. While en route to the call, the crews reported a large column of smoke could be seen from a distance. Upon arrival, fire and rescue units reported a working fire in an elevated position located within the diesel engine compartment of the crane.

Fire crews were able to make a fire attack after obtaining a water source from the river and stretching hose lines nearly 150ft in the air. Because of the strong work of fire crews and quick actions of Portsmouth Marine Terminal employees, the fire was contained to the area of origin, and the fire was under control at 09:15am.

Additional resources were called from mutual aid partners to include Chesapeake Fire Department Foam Team and Rehab Unit and VA Port Authority Maritime Incident Response Team. The US Coastguard responded to assist with containment of runoff into the waterway. Portsmouth also received assistance from Chesapeake Fire Department and Norfolk Fire Rescue to assist with coverage for the remainder of the city.

All workers were able to evacuate safely. There were no reports of injuries.

Crews are currently on-scene for an extended period of time conducting salvage and overhaul.

A specific determination of the origin and cause has not yet been determined. The fire remains under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Questions can be directed to the on-call Public Information Officer for Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services at (757) 392-4884
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MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release on January 12, 2019 

Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Responds to a Container Crane Fire at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT). 

At 07:26 am today, personnel from the Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services responded to the report of a container crane on fire at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal located at 445 Lee Ave. While en route to the call, the crews reported a large column of smoke could be seen from a distance. Upon arrival, fire and rescue units reported a working fire in an elevated position located within the diesel engine compartment of the crane. 

Fire crews were able to make a fire attack after obtaining a water source from the river and stretching hose lines nearly 150ft in the air. Because of the strong work of fire crews and quick actions of Portsmouth Marine Terminal employees, the fire was contained to the area of origin, and the fire was under control at 09:15am. 

Additional resources were called from mutual aid partners to include Chesapeake Fire Department Foam Team and Rehab Unit and VA Port Authority Maritime Incident Response Team. The US Coastguard responded to assist with containment of runoff into the waterway. Portsmouth also received assistance from Chesapeake Fire Department and Norfolk Fire Rescue to assist with coverage for the remainder of the city. 

All workers were able to evacuate safely. There were no reports of injuries. 

Crews are currently on-scene for an extended period of time conducting salvage and overhaul. 

A specific determination of the origin and cause has not yet been determined. The fire remains under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Questions can be directed to the on-call Public Information Officer for Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services at (757) 392-4884Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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These men and women have a very dangerous job and they do it well. We should be very grateful for their service to the community.

Solid work from all brothers & sisters involved. Glad everyone was ok!

great job guys stay safe--your bread lady

Good job Brothers, had to suck toting that hose up there!!!

Some preventative maintenance would have prevented all this government waste and danger

Guessing the new cranes will be operational sooner than expected.

Cecil McCleod I was just getting off from work when this one came in.

Outstanding job! I’m pretty sure this one isn’t in the textbook.

I sold the diesel generator that powers that crane and also the two next to it.

Great job PFD!

Great job everyone at PFD You guys are always my heroes...

There's something you don't learn at the academy.

Amazing job! Wow

Great job containing!

I go by this everyday! God bless them

Helluva friction loss for going that high! Drafting from Elizabeth River? Great job gang!!!

Superior service to our community! So grateful and extremely proud!

Thank you.

Great work !

Thank you for all you all do!!! AMAZING

Are the resources available to support a fire or other emergency situation with the new taller crain's?

Strong work!

Wow....150 ft straight up? Wow!

Great job. Great leadership

We were over in that area today and wondered what happened !!!

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2 weeks ago

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When are y’all hiring again?

Do you know the best way to prevent clothes dryer fires in your home?

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/clothes_dryer_fire_safety_flyer.pdf

 

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Take the filter out, remove the lint, and run water over it. If the water pools, the filter screen is covered in waxy buildup and the air can't get through to dry the clothes properly. Test and wash your dryer's filter about once a month.

I clean mine out every time. Years ago two nurses died in Jamestown, NY. They didn't clean the lint screen.

I clean the lint out of ours everytime we use it.

 

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Happy Holidays! Stay safe!

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