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[Prayers needed : near Charleston, South Carolina] Several Firefighters Missing At West Ashley Fire
WCSC.com ^ | 18 Jun 2007

Posted on 06/18/2007 10:22:48 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult

The search is underway for as many as seven missing firefighters at the scene of a West Ashley fire. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley told reporters that several firefighters from three different local agencies were unaccounted for after the Sofa Superstore collapsed, but provided no further details.

The fire broke out late Monday afternoon, shutting down part of Highway 17 near Wappoo Road. Flames were spotted shooting from the roof and thick black smoke billowed into the sky and could be seen as far away as James Island.

Local residents and bystanders attempted to assist firefighters contain the fire. Some moved hoses and directed traffic. A man who lived behind the building tried to help fight the fire with a garden hose.

One of the witnesses told Live 5 News that he was about thirty yards away from the building when it collapsed and said that the building appeared to just sink to the ground.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: charleston; firefighters; firemen; hope; missing; prayer; tragedy
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Still no as updates of this moment. I hope and pray they're all OK.

I bought my computer desk there. Was only a couple of blocks away as the fire was happening. Will update if anything new occurs.

1 posted on 06/18/2007 10:22:53 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

This is in the Charleston, South Carolina area.


2 posted on 06/18/2007 10:25:18 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
This fire started somewhere between 5:00 and 6:00 PM. The odd thing I noticed about the fire was while it was burning, I saw no white smoke meaning no appreciable quantity of water was put on the fire. Just one dark cloud. As of this moment the road is still closed ( Highway 17, Savannah Highway ). The reason the firemen were in a building that was easy to evacuate ( from what I know ) is that there are several residences and a gas station very close. No reports of non firefighter casualties.
3 posted on 06/18/2007 10:44:52 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: trussell; Salvation; Brad's Gramma; Cindy; Hillarys Gate Cult
Prayers extended for the seven missing firemen and for their families.

4 posted on 06/18/2007 10:47:04 PM PDT by bd476
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; bd476; Texas Termite; manna; Okies love Dubya 2; Fawnn; Harmless Teddy Bear; ..

Logan’s Prayer Warriors, PLEASE pray for these firemen, their families, and their co-workers!!!


5 posted on 06/18/2007 10:47:16 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (See HiJinx's tag line....then DO it!!!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Thank you for pinging Logan's Prayer Warriors, Brad's Gramma.

Prayer Bump!

6 posted on 06/18/2007 10:54:30 PM PDT by bd476
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To: BurbankKarl; Hillarys Gate Cult
Karl, do you have any information on firefighting in Charleston, South Carolina?

7 posted on 06/18/2007 10:56:35 PM PDT by bd476
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; 4woodenboats; abletruth; Accountable One; Aeronaut; AKA Elena; Alamo-Girl; ...
Prayer ping.

Please post your replies to Hillarys Gate Cult


Please know that I am praying. May God provide protection and comfort as needed. God knows where those firefighters are! I pray he leads the searchers to them.  

Blessings,
trussell


If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.

8 posted on 06/18/2007 10:58:28 PM PDT by trussell
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To: bd476

I will pray for them bd476.


9 posted on 06/18/2007 10:58:58 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Prayer bump.


10 posted on 06/18/2007 11:01:54 PM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Oh Dear Lord, I pray that they are found and safe!


11 posted on 06/18/2007 11:01:54 PM PDT by Ros42
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Courtesy of WCBD-TV/Clickon2.com


Courtesy of WCBD-TV/Clickon2.com
12 posted on 06/18/2007 11:03:26 PM PDT by bd476
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To: Cindy
Thank you, Cindy.

13 posted on 06/18/2007 11:05:05 PM PDT by bd476
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To: Cindy
Last update ( secondhand ) is that the authorities were notifying next of kin. They said that it was hard to get water on the fire as cars were driving over the hoses that were stretched across the road ( four lane artery ). News reported that rescue personnel will probably be removing bodies all night.
14 posted on 06/18/2007 11:06:11 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; All
Update: The bodies of four firefighters had been located, and a search was underway for three others, sources said.

More here: Firehouse.com

15 posted on 06/18/2007 11:07:11 PM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Prayers for the firefighters and for any victims.


16 posted on 06/18/2007 11:07:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I’m very, very sorry to hear that Hillary’s Gate Cult, but I will continue to pray for the families, too.

Thank you for the update.


17 posted on 06/18/2007 11:07:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy
2 firefighters were injured and sent to the hospital, one has been released. One employee had minor injuries. Several departments responded.
18 posted on 06/18/2007 11:16:44 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Tears up

Brother, when you weep for me,
Remember that it was meant to be.

Lay me down and when you leave,
Remember I’ll be at your sleeve.

In every dark and choking hall,
I’ll be there as you slowly crawl.

On every roof in driving snow,
I’ll hold your coat, and you will know.

The house from which I now respond,
Is overstaffed with heroes gone.

Men who answered one last bell,
Did the job and did it well.

As firefighters we understand,
That death’s card dealt in our hand.

A card we hope we never play,
But one we hold there anyway.

That card is something we ignore,
As we crawl across a weakened floor.

For we know that we’re the only prayer,
For anyone that might be there.

So remember as you wipe your tears,
The joy I knew throughout the years.

As I did the job I loved to do,
I pray that thought will see you through.

19 posted on 06/18/2007 11:19:15 PM PDT by Species8472 (We will never Forget !)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

THANK YOU for that update.


20 posted on 06/18/2007 11:29:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: bd476

Full time Charleston firefighters are some of the lowest paid in the nation for similar sized cities. Their pensions are abysmal.


21 posted on 06/18/2007 11:31:32 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: upchuck

Tragic SC ping.


22 posted on 06/18/2007 11:31:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Gaza: Your one-stop schadenfreude entertainment center.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Prayers for these brave men who paid the ultimate price for the honor of serving their community.

Dear Lord, may the spirit of these men never be forgotten; hold them tight and tell 'em thanks from all the people they helped; let their families not suffer long, but their memories of great deeds, duty and honor live forever in them; let their hearts be open to the wonders that await these giants of men; and to your love, and to your healing, and to your compassion.

Amen

23 posted on 06/18/2007 11:33:07 PM PDT by 4woodenboats (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; bd476

As many as nine firefighters may have been killed in a collapse at a store fire in Charleston, South Carolina Monday. Multiple sources told Firehouse.com tonight that seven firefighters were confirmed dead, and at least two others missing. The incident would be the largest loss of firefighters in a structural fire, not including 9/11, in over 30 years. More details will be posted shortly.


24 posted on 06/18/2007 11:36:19 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

one of the Mayday FF’s missing, announced on the radio to tell his wife that he loves her.


25 posted on 06/18/2007 11:38:52 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
It's heartbreaking that something like this would happen and that there would be such a great loss among these brave firefighters.

26 posted on 06/18/2007 11:38:55 PM PDT by bd476
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To: BurbankKarl
Thank you for the sad update, Karl. The fire is described as tornado-like in one article. I do not know much about fire fighting but "tornado-like" sounded very unusual.

28 posted on 06/18/2007 11:41:26 PM PDT by bd476
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I lift them up to God, with prayers for their safety...


29 posted on 06/18/2007 11:45:27 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

How incredibly sad...

Prayers for the brave firefighters who were welcomed into heaven as heroes tonight — May they rest in peace. Prayers also for their families, friends, and the whole community — that God will bring them all comfort, and peace in the midst of this horrible tragedy... Prayers also for those injured and their families — that they may be healed and comforted as well...


30 posted on 06/18/2007 11:46:20 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog: http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com)
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To: Species8472

That is a beautiful poem, and one I have never heard before. Thank you for sharing it.


31 posted on 06/18/2007 11:47:01 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (Liberty Rocks Blog: http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com)
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To: bd476

.WMV Video of fire

32 posted on 06/18/2007 11:50:34 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: LibertyRocks; Species8472

I agree, just looked it up, it’s a Fallen Firefighter’s Prayer. God Bless their souls, all that perished in the line of duty in the Charleston fire.


33 posted on 06/18/2007 11:50:42 PM PDT by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

To the fallen- Requiesat in Pace and prayers for the missing and all the families.


34 posted on 06/19/2007 12:56:20 AM PDT by reaganaut ( ex-mormon, now Christian. "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Full time Charleston firefighters are some of the lowest paid in the nation for similar sized cities. Their pensions are abysmal.
That is the way it is in the county I used to live in (Forsyth County, Georgia). However, there was a line of people waiting to become full time firefighters there. Despite the risks, it's an extremely popular (and rewarding) career. The low salaries are driven by the law of supply and demand.
35 posted on 06/19/2007 12:57:08 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: BurbankKarl
My computer suddenly crashed and I'm just getting back online. Thank you for the link and the photos, Karl!

36 posted on 06/19/2007 1:51:09 AM PDT by bd476
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To: Brad's Gramma

prayer bump


37 posted on 06/19/2007 2:21:56 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Prayers sent


38 posted on 06/19/2007 2:46:01 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


39 posted on 06/19/2007 2:54:49 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Charleston County fire and rescue official says nine bodies were removed from the scene of a fire at a furniture store.


40 posted on 06/19/2007 3:52:47 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Too sad.


41 posted on 06/19/2007 3:57:10 AM PDT by fatima (Remember our Troops with a little prayer.)
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To: HAL9000
Prayers for their families, and the entire community. These brave souls gave their lives helping others.

Please remember them.

42 posted on 06/19/2007 4:03:09 AM PDT by codercpc
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Lord Jesus, be thou near to comfort and provide ...
43 posted on 06/19/2007 4:10:32 AM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: HAL9000

How horrible. Prayers for them and their families.

These warehouse and store fires are very dangerous. I remember that there was one in the Northeast (New Jersey?) some years ago where a large number of firemen were killed. And, IIRC, New York City stopped having firefighters go into these fires after several firemen were killed by the collapse of a roof in a nighttime fire at a supermarket or some other kind of big store building. If it’s a vacant building, their policy now is to contain it until it becomes manageable.


44 posted on 06/19/2007 4:23:40 AM PDT by livius
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To: Pegita
We lost 4 years ago.My sister stopped by my house and told me they said on the radio 4 men were missing and my husband’s company was 2nd in so I started calling hospital’s.They would not tell me anything but one did say they had one but he was not an officer.My sister drove me to the fire scene and my husband’s company was there but I didn't see him.I went to the back and found one of the men sitting on a curb crying and I sat down next to him and asked were Ed was.He said he’s OK he is on the roof but we lost Richie.The fire was in the basement and on top of that was a restaurant.The patrons were eating and noticed smoke coming out of the electrical plugs,Richie was detailed that day and was first in and when they walked into the restaurant the floor collapsed.Men were holding back men who wanted to dive into the basement.At the funeral his wife Anna called me in a room and told me she found out the day of the fire she was pregnant.She was happy that she was.We will never forget.
45 posted on 06/19/2007 4:23:58 AM PDT by fatima (Remember our Troops with a little prayer.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I hear that now there is confirmation of several deaths, all firefighters. My brother was a firefighter and is now fire marshal of a New England city. I pray that God will comfort the family and friends of these brave men, and give them peace and strength, in Jesus' name.

Carolyn

46 posted on 06/19/2007 4:56:45 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

RIP


47 posted on 06/19/2007 5:00:35 AM PDT by tioga (Fred Thompson for President.)
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To: tioga

Nine firefighters dead. This is tragic. Prayers for their families.


48 posted on 06/19/2007 5:01:59 AM PDT by tioga (Fred Thompson for President.)
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To: tioga

Our prayers for the families, friends and community of Charleston.


49 posted on 06/19/2007 5:06:08 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: fatima
Sharing your sorrow, fatima, for the loss of the brave and valiant. All of eternity surely is needed to thank our first responders for each and every task that they have done, and will continue to do, such is their unselfish heart. May the Lord be especially near this day.
50 posted on 06/19/2007 5:10:05 AM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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