07/11/10 131 W - + 5 - 6 Four Bagger in Big Apple

May have mentioned this before. In the days of steam engines, "bag" referred a bag of coal, that was delivered for steam engines at major fires. And a bag of coal would typically or ideally power a steamer for an hour. Thus a "four bagger" in referred to a four-hour fire, or say some of the fire history books that I have read.

Anyway, for Sunday viewing enjoyment, here's some nifty video from a Manhattan apartment building in New York City on Thursday. Part one of five. You've probably seen same on the fire blogs, notably on Statter911 which has details and more links. Look at all the ladders arrive, and the sticks that start raising on each side.

This a five part video on You Tube. Poster arrived well before the first alarm assignment. Because this fire was top floor and cockloft there is little firefighting depicted. Cameraman is preoccupied with the smoke generated and it’s direction at times. Still an interesting view of FDNY in action!
stretch - 07/11/10 - 23:38

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