We lost 2 Apartment buildings yesterday,12-31-2011, because of Leightons cuts. It is a sign of what's to come.
The acting chief and his crew HAD the fire under control, but without the NEEDED, onscene, manpower they couldn't put it out.
Like pushing a car UP a hill they got it there, but didn't have the needed amount of people (in the critical amount of time) to push it over the top.
Fire is like water, it WILL find the path of least resistance. And it will double in size EVERY MINUTE. Thankfully no one was in the buildings.
"Horrible. You couldn`t see, you couldn`t breathe. It was just a big puff of smoke and flames everywhere. I tell you, these firefighters, I give them credit," said neighbor Tammi Lord. (WNEP) That link also has the TV report.
Some good pictures of the later stages of this fire, here.
12 men per shift is NOT enough.
If you want this to change, don't 'call Leighton' or city hall. Call the newspapers and the TV stations. At least then people will know Leighton cares about his own safety, not ours or yours.
Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote