CARGO SHIP FIRE
10 Jacksonville firefighters sue after cargo ship fire, explosion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three months after one of the biggest ship fires in decades in Jacksonville, 10 firefighters injured in a related blast are suing for their injuries. The law firm Pajcic & Pajcic filed a lawsuit on behalf of 10 Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department employees on Tuesday, 90 days after an explosion that severely injured some of them. “And you have nowhere to go.”At a news conference Tuesday, the Jacksonville-based lawyer described what the Jacksonville firefighters faced putting out a 1,000 degree Fahrenheit fire on a ship filled with scrapped cars. This ship had no standpipes that the firefighters could plug their hoses in to put out the fire,” he added. The suit claims the crew loaded wrecked and junk cars to send to Africa without disconnecting the batteries and electrical systems.
Drones using infrared cameras to monitor ship blaze that could burn for days
RELATED: Coast Guard working to control potential environmental impact of burning shipThese photos from JFRD were taken by drones with infrared cameras to measure the temperatures and show the hottest areas of the ship glowing red. Mark Vlaun with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said there are no signs of contaminants in the water. Unfortunately, a number of members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department sustained injuries courageously tackling this blaze. Jacksonville firefighters responded immediately and have worked tirelessly to control the fire.
PHOTO GALLERY: Cargo ship fire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eight firefighters were injured Thursday when an explosion occurred while they were battling a large fire aboard a cargo ship at Blount Island, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said. According to JFRD, a ninth firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. Above is a slideshow of photos of the ship from the Sky 4 helicopter, News4Jax, Department of Transportation cameras and JFRD.