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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Getsemani Church in Fort Worth

Photo courtesy of Glen E. Ellman/FWFD

n October 9, 2023, just before 8 pm, the Fort Worth Fire Department Alarm Office responded to multiple calls reporting a fire at the Getsemani Church in the 2200 block of Ross Avenue on the city's north side.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke emanating from the front door and swiftly initiated efforts to extinguish the blaze while conducting a search for potential occupants. Given the size of the church, a second alarm was issued. However, before the additional resources arrived, the fire was successfully contained, leading to the cancellation of the second alarm.

At 8:27 pm, a firefighter became entangled in rope and faced a critical shortage of air, prompting an emergency mayday call. Fortunately, the firefighter managed to self-extricate and emerged unharmed. Following the mayday incident, the Incident Commander initiated a Personal Accountability Report (PAR) to ensure the safety and whereabouts of all personnel.

During the PAR process, the fire regained strength, advancing to the second story attic and intensifying. Firefighters continued their efforts, ultimately gaining control over the blaze after 1.5 hours of active firefighting.

Fortunately, there were no reported injuries, and an investigation into the cause of the fire is currently underway.

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