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December 25, 2011 - Raleigh FD & Wake EMS - Green Road


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RALEIGH - Two alarms at 2647 New Hope Church Road. Dispatched 2:20 a.m. as 3923 Green Road. Second alarm dispatched at 2:24 a.m. while units en route, due to multiple callers. Flames also visible from units en route. New Hope Engine 1, then Raleigh Ladder 2 arriving at a two-story, brick-and-frame, townhome building with 7,920 square-feet. Built in 1972, and site of prior two-alarm fires (2010 and 2006). Heavy fire found venting from roof of two of building's seven units. Interior attack and searches to start, but all personnel ordered out of structure. Defensive operations started.

Ladder 2 and Ladder 5 and Engine 11 (deluge) flowing in front of the building, Ladder 1 deployed (but not flowing?) in rear, and portable personal monitor in rear. Plus numerous hand lines. Command located in front of building. Rehab located between driveway and road, then moved to New Hope Church Road just west of Green Road. Hydrant locations included New Hope Church Road just west of Green Road to New Hope Engine 1, New Hope Church Road farther west, with Engine 9 boosting pressure for Engine 11 and Ladder 2, and New Hope Church Road at Bonneville Court, with Engine 21 boosting pressure for Ladder 5.
 
Fire controlled at 3:30 hours. Heavy damage to entire building. All occupants escaped safely. Red Cross assisted 15 families, with temporary shelter provided at a nearby hotel. Cause of fire, which started outside and spread to the roof, is undetermined. Units on scene: E11, E19, E15, L2, L5, R1, B1, New Hope E1 (first alarm); E9, E27, E21, E7, L1, R2, B2, A1, C10, C20, C40, (second alarm), C2, C5, New Hope C1 and other officers; EMS 2 (first alarm), EMS 11, EMS 4, EMS 63, D4, D3, M92, T1 (second alarm). "A" platoon.
 
Flash photography used in many shots, with external flash and camera bracket. Very dark (and wet!) in rear of structure; much stronger lighting in front of structure. Evaluative metering and 3200 ISO, with flash diffuser attached. Flash output varied and included highest and lowest compensation. Mike Legeros photographs.


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