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August 24, 2013 - Raleigh FD & Wake EMS - Manor Valley Court


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RALEIGH - Two alarms at 5024 Manor Valley Court. Four-story, wood-frame apartment building with 36,408 square-feet and thirty apartment units. Dispatched at 6:36 p.m. Working fire dispatched at 6:39 p.m., due to multiple callers. Heavy fire and through the roof on third floor, in top rear, found on arrival of Engine 17 at 6:42 p.m. Second alarm requested by Battalion 4 at 6:44 p.m. Crews started searching and evacuating structure, while also pulling lines.

Collapse conditions soon observed, and evacuation orders given at 6:54 p.m. Fire traveled the entire roof line. Three aerial streams utilized, two on Summit Manor Lane: Ladder 1 in the A/B corner, and Ladder 3 in the B/C corner. Ladder 2 was located Doie Cope Road on the C/D corner. Engine 17 also deployed a deluge gun on B/C corner. Portable monitors also utilized on the building's three exposed sides.

At least three hydrants utilized, including Engine 16 supplying Ladder 3 from Summit Manor Lane just off Grove Barton Road, Engine 23 supplying Engine 17 (and Ladder 1?) on Summit Manor Lane just above the building, and Engine 18 supplying Ladder 2 on Doie Cope Road, a bit west of Bella Park Trail. Command (by Battalion 4, then by Car 20) and medical monitoring/rehab located above the building, on Summit Manor Lane. Staging on Grove Barton Road, with some apparatus parked on Doie Cope Road. Two additional engines special called.

Declared under control at 8:00 p.m. Two firefighters transported with elevated heart rates due to exertion. No injuries to residents. All thirty apartments damaged. Crews stayed on scene all night, and overhaul continued into Sunday morning. Cause undetermined.

First alarm: E17, E23, E16, E18, L3, L1, Squad 14, R1, B4, B5, C420. Working fire: A1, C20, 401. Second alarm: E4, E24, E9, L2, B3. Special called: E13, E10. Also C43, C2, C402, WC1. Medical: EMS6 (first alarm), EMS 35, D4 (working fire), EMS 3, M95, D1, T1 (second alarm). Overnight companies were E20, E22, E7 (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and E6, E26, E28 (2 a.m. to 6 a.m.) Coverage included E13 and L7 to Station 17, and E10 to Station 16. Later, E20 to Station 17 and E22 to Station 16. Also Bay Leaf Engine at Station 18, and Durham Highway P1 at Station 24.

See this blog post for more information, photo and video links, etc. See also morning after photos.

Mike Legeros photographs. First photo at approximately 7:24 p.m. Smoke, shade, and setting sun added curious colors and exposures.


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