Club in Hot Spot Over Fire Escape

There are no lyrics to explain how concerned members of the Dunedin Musicians’ Club are after discovering the 42-year-old institution could be closed for lack of a fire escape.
Club member and fundraising concert organiser Iain Johnstone said the club was recently notified about new fire escape regulations that would severely impact on its operations.

The building has a fire escape but it is no longer compliant with current rules.

Because the club no longer had a second fire exit from its first floor premises down to Manse St, fire authorities had limited the number of patrons in the venue to 50, including band members.

It could hold up to 150 people, Mr Johnstone said.

“Half of our capacity is band members at the moment.
“This puts enormous pressure on our ongoing viability — and ability to survive in the short term — as we plan the way forward,” he said.Most of the club’s income is from bar sales.

“With the limited numbers, we’ve already had to cancel a big concert which normally brings in a lot of revenue.”

Finding another venue would be too expensive, he said.

“If we can’t get the money, it’s a possibility we might have to close the club, which would be a shame after 42 years.”

Mr Johnstone said the non-profit organisation needed about $10,000 to build the new fire escape.

It planned to hold a Mula for Musos concert at the Crown Hotel on September 30, to raise money for the development.

The concert starts at 5.30pm.

Source: Otago Daily Times By John Lewis

NFPA Announces Fire Prevention Week Theme: ‘Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out’

Nearly half of all Americans have not developed a home fire escape plan. Of those that have, one-quarter have never practiced it. These and other findings from a recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) prompted the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 8-14, 2017: “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out™”

“The results from our most recent survey show we still have a lot of work to do in educating the public about home fires, escape planning and practice. Among the findings, people tend to think they have more time to escape a home fire than they actually do,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president for Outreach and Advocacy. “That over-confidence may play a role in why some people don’t develop a home escape plan or practice it regularly.”

Home escape planning and practice can make a life-saving difference in a home fire. “In a fire situation, a regularly practiced home escape plan ensures that everyone in the home knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds and can escape quickly and safely,” said Carli.

“Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out” works to teach the public what a home escape plan entails, and the value of practicing it with all members of the household. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign also works to better educate the public about just how quickly home fires can spread, and how little time they may have to escape safely.

“Today’s home fires spread more rapidly than they used to,” said Carli. “The synthetic fibers used in modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight construction, all contribute to an increased rate at which fire burns. These factors make home escape planning and practice all the more critical.” Experts say you could have less than two minutes to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home. Home escape plans should be practiced twice a year by all members of the household.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out,” visit

About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit for more safety information.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Good Samaritans save child being dangled from Bronx fire escape, mother and child stabbed

MELROSE, Bronx (WABC) — Good Samaritans came to the rescue of a mother and little girl who were stabbed, and the little girl dangled from the fire escape.

“What did your son see?” Eyewitness News Reporter Darla Miles asked.

“‘Mom,’ he ran in the house, ‘Mom, dad there’s some guy on the fire escape, trying to throw a little girl off the fire escape,” said Melissa Petters, an Eyewitness.

It was a third floor fire escape to be exact.

That’s where neighbors on Cauldwell Avenue in the South Bronx say they saw a 3-year-old girl and her 37-year-old mother begging for mercy.

“My husband and I ran out the door to see what was going on and you seen blood and everything everywhere,” Petters said.

“I seen him grabbed him grab the baby and hang the baby out the window and she started screaming, “Please, please!” a Good Samaritan said.

The Good Samaritan doesn’t want to be identified.

He and another neighbor ran upstairs and burst into the apartment to intervene, at first throwing vases and other household items at the suspect around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“I kicked the door open, I ran in and I went to the fire escape and I told him, ‘Let her go! Let her go!’ And luckily somebody else came through this side and grabbed the baby, some guys,
and they brought her down through the fire escape,” he said.

“The mother was stabbed in the abdomen, and the little girl on her arm,” Petters said.

The aftermath was caught on cell phone video. Witnesses say a group of men held the suspect down until police arrived.

The mother, despite her abdominal wound, remained alert, solely focused on her daughter.

“She was just telling me, ‘Melly I’m scared, my baby,’ and I said, ‘She’s right here, she’s fine, she’ll be safe,'” Petters said.”

Source: ABC7 New York, Darla Miles Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:51PM ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.

People Jump From Windows to Escape East Portland Apartment Fire

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — Flames forced people to jump from their windows, some from the third floor, after a fire broke out Tuesday morning at the Glendoveer Estates apartments, located on the Portland-Gresham line in Multnomah County.

The fire happened about 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

Brothers Christin and Disean Mann both jumped from the second story window, and say other people jumped from other apartments, too. “We woke up to the fire, there was an explosion,” said Disean.

One man had to toss his daughter out the third-story window to Christin, outside, who caught her. “My friend threw his daughter down,” said Mann. “I caught the girl. I tried to catch him, but he was too heavy he ended up breaking his ankle.”

Neighbors said the girl is OK. Firefighters rescued a 3-year-old boy from the third story, using a ladder. The boy was taken to the hospital in a private car.

A man and a woman were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, firefighters said.

VIDEO: Crews put out fire at Glendoveer Estates apartments

One firefighter also stepped on a burning balcony and fell from the second floor to the ground. He is OK, according to Gresham fire.

Gresham fire said it appears the fire started on a bottom unit and spread through the building. The preliminary investigation indicates the fire was accidental.

Firefighters said five people were living in the unit and the unit did not have electricity. They told investigators they were using candles, but there’s no official word yet on what started the fire. It’s still under investigation.

The fire caused propane tanks to explode, firefighters said, and flames quickly went up the side of the building and into a hallway on the second floor, forcing people to escape from windows.

“I heard someone say call 911! Call 911! I looked out there were flames everywhere!” said Zoee Shearer. She had to escape the building.

The fire caused severe damage to the side of the building. Firefighters said at least six families will not be able to go home right now, because of the damage. And it appears the apartment where the fire started is a total loss.

The Red Cross will help the families affected.

Source: Rachael Rafanelli, KGW Channel 8 Portland 12:40 PM. PDT September 12, 2017 © 2017 KGW-TV

Fire Marshal: Discarded Cigarette Causes $1M Cherry Hill Blaze

CHERRY HILL — A tenant’s discarded cigarette outside his third-story apartment sparked a blaze that caused $1 million in damage to the complex and displaced him and 19 other tenants Thursday afternoon, authorities reported.

Brinton Davis, the tenant of the top-floor apartment, reported the fire on the exterior deck/fire escape of his apartment about 2:42 p.m., according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

He reportedly told investigators that he had discarded a cigarette in a homemade ashtray constructed of a wood stump, and returned later to find the wooden exterior on fire.

About 75 firefighters from a variety of fire companies in Cecil County, Pennsylvania and Delaware responded to the three-alarm blaze at 273 Cherry Hill Road, which lies just east of the Route 213 “Lanzi” traffic circle. Because of the lack of fire hydrants, the Tanker Task Force was activated to bring water to the scene.

According to emergency communications, firefighters initially attempted to fight the fire from the interior of the building but were forced to evacuate as the blaze intensified. The fire had already destroyed the top floor of structure within the first hour, and it took responding crews another two hours to fully bring it under control, according to the fire marshal’s office.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was transported by emergency medical services for evaluation. Another firefighter suffered a minor injury and refused treatment on scene, according to the fire marshal’s office.

In total, the blaze caused an estimated $1 million in damage, split evenly between the structure and its contents. Fire marshals listed the owner of the property as Watts Property Inc.

Smoke alarms were present and operating at the complex, but the 86-year-old building did not have sprinklers, according to the fire marshal’s office.

Twenty occupants of the complex, which has seven units, five of which are two-bedroom units, have been displaced and are being assisted by Red Cross.

At the scene, one tenant of a top-floor apartment was overwhelmed, falling into the embrace of a neighbor, who was glad she and her dog escaped.

Source: By Jane Bellmyer Cecil Daily

Victim on Fire Escapes Burning Trinity Bar Building in New Haven: FD

Fire broke out in apartments above Trinity Bar in New Haven Friday and one person injured in the fire is in critical condition at the hospital, according to fire officials.

Officials received reports of people trapped inside the building just before 2 p.m. after seeing heavy smoke and fire coming from the building on Orange Street and found that the fire started in apartments above the restaurant.
One man who woke up and saw flames in his apartment went out a back window to the fire escape and onto the roof. He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, then to the burn unit in Bridgeport to be treated for burns covering 70 percent of his body.

John Brehon, an employee at the nearby The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, said he was one of the people who ran into the fire worried about the people who live in the second and third floors. Brehon said the owner of the bike shop also ran into the burning building and was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

It took officials around 45 minutes to get the fire under control.
An employee of Trinity Bar said all the employees and customers made it out safely.

Fire officials said a couple of dozen of bar employees are now out of a job.

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Bronx Teen Takes Fatal Plunge After Going Out On Fifth-Story Fire Escape To Smoke

A 15-year-old Bronx boy fell five stories to his death Thursday morning after sneaking from his bedroom onto a fire escape, while still in his pajamas, to smoke, police said.

Leonardo (Lenny) Marmolejos fell from the fire escape that runs down the back wall of his apartment building on Briggs Ave. near E. 199th St. in Fordham Manor at about 6:15 a.m., cops said.

He landed in an alley, where a neighbor found him face-down and in his pajamas and called 911. Medics rushed the teen, in traumatic arrest, to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died.

Lenny’s heartbroken father raced to the building Thursday morning cradling a cell phone picture of his dead son.

“He just made 15,” Leonardo Marmolejos Sr. said between heart-rending sobs outside his ex-wife’s building. “I say to him, ‘Papi, you so handsome.’

“Lenny is a Xerox copy of me,” said the 62-year-old Army veteran, who served in the Vietnam War. “If you saw me when I was 15, you couldn’t tell us apart. (He) was a beautiful kid, obedient, respectful, never got no complaint from him in school. He was such a good kid”.

The International School for the Liberal Arts sophomore with dreams of playing in the NBA lived on the building’s fifth floor with his mother and grandmother, Lilian Ferrer-Casilla, police sources said.

When Ferrer-Casilla went to bed at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lenny was in his room playing video games. His mother, whom the grandmother and neighbors declined to name, was on the sofa.

Everything appeared normal until Thursday morning, she said. “The police came and knocked on the door,” Ferrer-Casilla remembered.

When Lenny’s mom answered, they immediately asked about her son. “(She) was asking why,” she recalled. “She went and checked the room and he wasn’t there. She thought the whole night he was in the bed.”

Lenny’s mom immediately began suffering chest pains and was taken to the same hospital as her son.

“We are destroyed,” Ferrer-Casilla said.

The teen’s mom, who is recovering in the hospital, told police she last saw her child in his bedroom about 1:20 a.m., sources said.

Cops found a lighter and a pipe on the fire escape. It was not immediately disclosed if any drugs were found.

Investigators believe Lenny propped open the window and climbed outside to smoke — news that left his father with more questions.

“What happened?” Marmolejos asked. “I always told him, ‘Lenny, do something because you want to do it. Don’t do it because of peer pressure.’

“I told him it’s a tough environment, but you have to mind your business,” he said. “I said stay away from those bad kids and you’re going to make it.”


Fixing Philly: L&I looks to create database of safe fire escapes

In an effort to ensure safety in case of an emergency, the Dept. of L&I is looking to crowdsource info in order to create a database of fire escapes throughout the city.

During a birthday party at an apartment in a Rittenhouse Square building in January of 2014, 22-year-old Albert Suh, of Leonia, N.J., and two female friends, both in their twenties, stepped out onto a fire escape on the fourth floor of the 108-year-old building.

The rusty fire escape collapsed under the three, killing Suh and severely injuring the two women.

According to Karen Guss, a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, this tragedy was wholly preventable if only the building’s fire escape had been inspected and was up to code.

“That fire escape came right off the wall and then crashed down forty feet,” Guss said of the fatal incident. “That opened a lot of people’s eyes, especially here at L&I, that really, no one had been checking the safety of these things.”

And, now, L&I is asking local residents to help prevent future tragedies by working to create an online database of all fire escapes in the city, that would allow L&I to verify each fire escape as either being up to code or needing inspection.

“One thing we knew would be a challenge in this city is that we don’t have a database for fire escapes,” she said in an interview Thursday. “If we don’t know where fire escapes are, how are we going to make sure they are safe?”

In order to identify all fire escapes in the city, L&I has set up an online page, here, that allows residents to provide information about any fire escape in the city and even share photos of the fire escape. Guss said that with each submission, L&I will check to see if the fire escape is in the database already, if it has been inspected and is up to code or if they need to sent an inspector out to the fire escape to check it out.

The entire process is anonymous, and she said, if a renter has a concern about a fire escape on their building, they can simply provide information and an inspector will check it, they wouldn’t need to contact their landlord for approval and the landlord wouldn’t be told if their tenant alerted L&I.

“It’s super easy. If you see a fire escape, just click on where it is and take a picture,” she said.

Guss said that the fire escape initiative follows a 2016 City Council bill that was intended to make sure property owners are held accountable for the condition of the fire escapes connected to their buildings, to ensure they are safe in case of an emergency.

Already, L&I has had 132 properties reported through the website app, though they don’t know just how many fire escapes there are in total throughout the city.

Guss said she hopes this program helps to answer that question.

“Then, once it’s in our database, it will be mapped, matched with what we know about the property and we will have a report and enforcement can begin.”

Also, if a resident has concerns about a fire escape on their property, the can put its info in the L&I’s online app and they will be able to find out the status of the fire escape, if it has been inspected or not.

“Hopefully, your landlord already did everything great. But, if not, we will come check it out,” said Guss.

To input a fire escape into L&I’s online database, click here. You can also see a map of all the fire escapes throughout the city that L&I has already identified.

Source: Hayden Mitman Metro US
Published : August 28, 2017 | Updated : August 28, 2017

Police: Man broke into Schenectady ex’s apartment via fire escape

He faces felony, misdemeanor counts.

SCHENECTADY — A man broke into a city woman’s residence last weekend and violated an order of protection, authorities said.

Dennis Wohlleber, 27, of Harrison Avenue, Schenectady, faces one count of second-degree burglary, a felony, and second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor.

Wohlleber is accused of breaking into a Monroe Street apartment Saturday morning by climbing up a fire escape and into a window, and broke an order of protection related to an ex-girlfriend, according to papers filed in court.

Source: Steven Cook Daily Gazzette August 17, 2017

Philadelphia’s L&I Needs Your Help Locating City Fire Escapes

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections is asking for your help in a public safety campaign. It’s trying to track down every fire escape in the city.

City Council passed a law, last year, requiring building owners to get every fire escape on their property inspected. L&I spokesperson Karen Guss says the department received 400 reports by the July 1st deadline.

But there’s a problem.

“Philadelphia, like almost every city, has no central data base of fire escape locations,” said Guss.

She says the city decided to crowd source the locations.

“We built an app that’s on our website and you can tell us, ‘I saw a fire escape and here’s where it is,’” Guss explained.

Guss says if they find one with no inspection report, the owner will be cited, though the main goal is to get them inspected.

“Folks have a grace period. We very much want them to file those reports now,” Guss said.

The law was inspired by the tragic 2014 death of 22-year-old Albert Suh, killed when the rusty fire escape he was sitting on crashed to the ground near Rittenhouse Square.

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