Monday, June 8, 2015

Georgetown Graduate Student killed in off-campus fire

Nina Brekelmans, a master's student who had just graduated from Georgetown Univeristy, was killed in an off-campus fire in Washington, DC. The apartment that Nina was living in was a three-story rowhouse in the Dupont Circle area. I'm in the process of interviewing officials and putting together more information, and I'll post it here, on Campus Firewatch, Twitter and Facebook when I have it ready.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Close call, off-campus house fire, Univ of Massachusetts Amherst

There was a  close call with an off-campus house fire in Amherst, Massachusetts, that displaced a number of students from the University of Massachusetts. The fire broke out at about 12:30 in the morning and everyone was able to get out, there were no injuries.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Campus Firewatch 2015

For 2015 there are a lot of new things coming to Campus Firewatch!

I'm going to be making a lot more use of video, as you can see in the video clip in this blog. It has become easier and cheaper to do, but just having a camera does not make me an expert! So, what I'm planning on doing is chronicling my journey, what I learn, what I do right and what I do wrong. This will serve two purposes-first, if you are thinking of getting into it, hopefully you'll learn from my experience and the tips and resources that I'll share. Secondly, it gives me an opportunity to learn video by DOING video!

I'm also going to be offering compilations of the thousands of incidents I've collected over the years to subscribers, and these will be sorted by categories such as date, state, school, occupancy and sprinkler saves.  It is pretty invaluable information, a whole series of real-world case studies.

If you aren interested in becoming a subscriber, go on over to the Campus Firewatch Store and  you can subscribe online right now. I also offer a ton of information and resources on the site as well.

Talk with you later!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Close call in Easton, Massachusetts

A fire in an off-campus house where 11 students from nearby Stonehill College were living was a close-call for them. One evening, a student turned on the stove to pre-heat it, not realizing that there was a plastic dish strainer mat inside of it. He went upstairs to take a shower and the mat melted, smoking up the kitchen. One of the other occupants saw the smoke, alerted everyone, and they all got out. Close call indeed, but there is more to this story, as told by Fire Chief Kevin Partridge, about overcrowding, blocked exits, smoke alarms and bedrooms locked with hasps and padlocks. Listen to his account in the video below.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Update on Portland Fire

Steven Summers, the sixth victim from the Noyes Street fire died from his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Also killed in the fire were David Bragdon Jr., Ashley Thomas, and Christopher Conlee, and Maelisha Jackson.

There were two students from the University of Maine living in the building, but I'm not sure if they were on the fire side or the other side of the duplex.  The building has a history of code complaints, including the possibility of an illegal third-story apartment.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Update on Portland

I went to Portland on Sunday to see the fire scene where five people were killed in a fire on Saturday, and this is what I have learned, some from unofficial sources, some official.

Right now, it would appear that all five of the victims that were killed were not students, but this has not been officially confirmed, and the one person that was critically injured and is at Massachusetts General Hospital is also not a student. According to the University of Southern Maine's website, there were two students living in the building but they were not injured in the fire.

20/24 Noyes Street, Portland, ME. Photo by Campus Firewatch
The building is a large, two-story, wood frame building with what appears to possibly be an occupied attic, although that is impossible to know from the exterior. It is a side-by-side duplex.  As more information becomes available I'll post it here.