AN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, MAN was rescued from his burning home Wednesday afternoon by the firefighters. The unidentified man in his 60's was found unconscious by the search team and brought out of the house suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he later died from his injuries.
Indianapolis FD photo
The Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman said that the fire began around 4 pm in the front part of the house and the victim was found about 10 feet from the rear door.
The well-advanced fire was already through the roof when the first units arrived, but it was knocked down after about an hour and caused approximately $100,000 in damage.
WXIN-TV filed the story plus a video report that includes fire footage HERE.
JAMES E. O'DONNELL, RETIRED FIRE LIEUTENANT and U. S. Navy veteran who was the last surviving crew member from Indianapolis of the USS Indianapolis died yesterday (Wednesday) in Indianapolis at age 92. He served 35 years in the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Lt. O'Donnell was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and graduated from Tech High School in 1938. In 1944 he was drafted into the U. S. Navy and assigned to the USS Indianapolis, one of 1,200 sailors working on the Cruiser. Wikipedia describes the ship:
She served as flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance while he commanded the Fifth Fleet in their battles across the Central Pacific. She holds a place in history due to the circumstances of her sinking, which led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy. On 30 July 1945, shortly after delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb to be used in combat to the United States air base at Tinian, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, sinking in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship.
USS Indianapolis in Pearl Harbor, 1937.
The remaining 900 men faced exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks as they waited for assistance while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of a PV-1 Ventura on routine patrol. Only 317 sailors survived. Indianapolis was the last major U.S. Navy ship sunk by enemy action in World War II.
The few survivors remaining afloat were being picked off by sharks in the ocean and one by one, and "Jimmy" O'Donnell watched his buddies suffering the worst of slow deaths as he wondered if and when he would be next.
Following his return to his home town, Jimmy joined the Indianapolis Fire Department in 1946 and worked the job for 35 years while rising through the ranks to Lieutenant. At the time of his retirement in 1981 he was assigned to Ladder 25.
At a Pearl Harbor day commemoration on December 7, 2009, O'Donnell was honored by the city by having a statue of him in his Navy uniform dedicated at City Market. He had been active for many years in the USS Indianapolis Memorial Organization. On learning of his passing, Mayor Greg Ballard issued a statement:
"Jimmy O’Donnell personified history and service to this country and city. The sinking of the USS Indianapolis is one of the greatest tragedies in U.S. Naval history. The statue of Jimmy in the City Market Plaza honors his service and that of his shipmates.
"As a USS Indianapolis survivor and retired firefighter, Jimmy O’Donnell was an American hero and a great citizen of Indianapolis."
The Indianapolis Star posted this video from a prior interview with Jimmy:
He and his wife, who survives him, had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on New Year's Eve. One of his grandsons is an Indianapolis firefighter.
Jimmy and Mary Alice O'Donnell at the
unveiling of his statue in 2009. (WRTV)
AN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, FIREFIGHTER WAS KILLED as he was pulling into the driveway of his house after getting off work Thursday morning. Duane Clark, 35, had just gotten off his shift at IFD Ladder 6 and was stopped in the roadway in front of his house, waiting for traffic to clear so that he could make a left turn into his driveway, and another vehicle rear-ended him. The impact knocked his car into the oncoming lane where a full-sized pickup towing a construction trailer hit Clark’s car, killing him instantly.
Clark’s car lies in the ditch alongside the truck that he collided
with. The van that caused the wreck is behind the camera position.
(Indianapolis Star photo)
The accident took place in Brownsburg, just west of the city limits. The Indianapolis Star continues:
As Brownsburg firefighters arrived at the crash scene, they found firefighter’s gear among the wreckage and assumed a colleague was involved. Brownsburg firefighters provided an honor guard to stay with the body at the hospital.
The driver of the van that struck Clark’s car was unhurt as were the four members of a landscaping crew in the pickup truck.
Clark and his wife would have celebrated their 6-year anniversary today (Saturday). Along with his wife, he leaves the couple’s 3½ yr.-old twins. They were inside the house and heard the crash out front. He was on the IFD for over 10 years.
WRTV Ch. 6 filed this good video report from the scene:
Fox59News has the story and additional video HERE.
AN PAIR OF INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, FIRETRUCKS COLLIDED Saturday night while responding to the same call.
A pumper and a ladder truck came together at an intersection from different directions while responding to a fire alarm at a high-rise apartment. The caller reported seeing fire from another building and people evacuating the building. It turned out to be a false call.
The collision knocked the truck into an oncoming lane where it struck a parked vehicle. While the damage to the firetrucks’ bodyworks appeared to be extensive, there were no personal injuries in the collision.
THE INDIANAPOLIS SUBURB OF BEECH GROVE, Indiana, had a double-header early Sunday morning that brought several companies from the IFD in to help out. The first fire was a house fire of the routine variety and they were in the mop-up stage when an alarm came in for the Payless Liquors storage warehouse.
The first units were met with a large fire in progress and the need for additional help. WISH-TV Ch. 8 had video crews on the scenes of both fires and filed this report:
The warehouse fire was notable for the high, blue flames generated as the alcohol burned off. That fire was brought under control in just over an hour and the loss is estimated at $1.5 million.
THE FDIC WASN’T THE ONLY FIRE SHOW in Indianapolis, Indiana, Friday morning. A suspcious fire destroyed a 24-unit apartment building that was vacant.
The Indianapolis Fire Department received the call around 10:30 am Central time and found the attic area in one end of the building well-involved with fire. The attack was hindered by a limited water supply from the private hydrant system serving the 11-building complex. Eventually they got extended hose lays to hydrants on the city mains and finally got the fire flow needed after upgrading to a 2nd-alarm.
This raw video from WRTV shows the fire during the early stage of the fire:
There have been four small malicious fires in the complex over the past few weeks, but there it is not known if this one is related to the others that were primarily dumpsters, a car and a storage room.
Today’s fire was knocked down in about an hour and completely destroyed the building that was valued at $750,000.