RALEIGH - Two alarms at 3216 Calumet Drive. Fire showing through the roof upon arrival of Battalion 2, at a two-story, brick exterior, garden-style apartment building. Built in1973. Hydrants were caught and lines were pulled for an interior attack, as the two arriving ladders were positioned. As searches were performed, heavy fire was found spreading through the attic. Crews were withdrawn at about the fifteen-minute mark. Car 20 assumed incident command. Ladder 2 (in parking lot) and Ladder 4 (using reserve platform, on Calumet Drive) were directed to begin aerial operations. Portable monitors were also deployed, one in the front of the structure and one in the rear.
Command was located in the parking lot, on the left-rear corner of the building. Staging was along Calumet Drive. Hydrants were also caught on Calumet, with Engine 7 boosting to Engine 3, which boosted to Ladder 2 (correct?), and Engine 11 boosting to Ladder 4. Rehab and medical monitoring was also on Calumet Drive, at Wake County EMS Truck 1. Dispatched at 3:31 p.m., the fire was controlled at 4:22 p.m. Seventy-five percent of the building was damaged. The cause was determined as natural, by lightning strike. Crews remaining on the scene into the evening. First alarm: E11, E3, E21, E9, L2, L4, R1, SQ15, B2, B5, C420; Working fire: A1, C20, C401; Second alarm: E12, E13, E26, E10, L8, L1, B1; Self-dispatch (?) by E7; Also Car 3, Car 4, Car 5, Car 14 (Safety); Medical; EMS 3, EMS 5, EMS 36, EMS 63; D1, D9, M92, MD2, MD20, T1. "B" platoon.
Mike Legeros photographs.