While most local online video focuses on matters artistic or entertaining -- be they music, storytelling or sports -- there are some videographers who end up shooting events of a far different nature, dangerous things like tornados or fires. This was the case very early in the morning of Friday, Dec. 1, when Fitchburg resident Andy Orlowski captured video of a "house explosion" and fire in the Seminole Hills subdivision of that city. "I was a very strange site," Orlowski wrote, with the fire first reported shortly after 4 a.m. Though all three persons in the house escaped safely, the house was destroyed despite the efforts by responders from six regional fire departments.
Two video clips follow below, with the first capturing some early moments of the fire and the first response by firefighters.
The second video shows responders bringing the fire under control as other emergency personnel and media arrive. The Fitchburg Fire Department consists of about 70 personnel operating with four engines (among other vehicles) from two stations. More information about the department's response types and times is available here.