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January 2, 2015 - Raleigh FD & Wake EMS - Generation Drive


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RALEIGH - Preliminary photos of two alarm fire at 1914 Generation Drive. That's a four-story, wood-frame, garden-style apartment building with 17,160 square-feet. Fourteen two-story apartments. Built 1974. Building has two addresses. Top floors are addressed as 1929 North Hills Drive and accessed from North Hills Drive. Bottom floors are addressed and accessed from Generation Drive. Traversing from "top" to "bottom" requires either climbing down into a "pit" on the North Hills Side, or walking around the three adjoining buildings.
 
Fire was reported at 1929 North Hills Drive, the "top" side of the building. Was also subsequently dispatched, while units were en route, as a subject unconscious at the same address for Squad 14.
 
Engine 16 arrived on the "top" level of the building with nothing showing. Found a female burn victim below them, on first floor patio in the "pit." Engine 16 crew member climbed down to patient, and began administering care. The adult female was promptly packaged and extracted to the Generation Drive side of the building, for EMS personnel to begin treatment. The patient was transported to WakeMed and then transferred to a burn center.
 
Engine 16 officer continued size-up, walked around the three buildings, and found smoke showing from the fire apartment, addressed 1914-F Generation Drive. That side of the building was designated Division A.
 
Engine 9 was directed to Generation Drive side. Crews began primary searches as well as fire attack, using lines from Engine 9 on the Generation Drive side and Engine 16 on the North Hills side. Engine 6 reverse laid from Engine 16, to opposite side of North Hills Drive (Division C). Engine 6 provided booster pumpbing. Roadway thus blocked by five-inch hose, and alternate routes required for some arriving units. Other hydrants were located at extended distance from units on Generation Drive. Topographical challenges presented as well, due to inclines and difficulty for personnel easily moving from front to rear of building.
 
Ladder 3 and Ladder 2 were positioned on the Generation Drive side of the building, with Ladder 3 deployed and personnel to the roof. Upgraded to working fire as interior and exterior conditions worsened. Third ladder company requested, directed to the Generation Drive side. With fire found both in attic area and between floors, a second alarm was requested.
 
Fire broke through roof and crews were withdrawn from the structure. Defensive operations were prepared, but awaited second alarm engines to bring supply line to Ladder 3, which had deployed. Three engines' worth of hose was laid, with Engine 24 at hydrant and boosting and Engine 11 relay pumping to Ladder 3, which would also supply Ladder 2.  The supply line was not charged, however. The ladder pipe(s) were not needed.
 
Seat of fire was located and crews returned to structure, after a transitional attack from the front of the structure. No master streams were used. Interior operations contained the fire. Dozens of residents evacuated. CAT buses special called for shelter purposes and were staged in the parking lot of a day care center just west of the scene on North Hills Drive. EMS personnel assisted with the needs of displaced residents until Red Cross assumed operations.

Command on the North Hills Drive side, Operations on the Generation Drive side. Three ladders placed on Generation Drive, two deployed. EMS rehab locations on both sides of structure. RIT companies were also established on both sides. EMS and fire staging on North Hills Drive. EMS Truck 1 and one ambulance on Generation Drive. EVAC 1 also on scene for responder rehab, but returned to service.
 
Dispatched 7:21 p.m. Working fire at approximately 7:30 p.m. Second alarm at approximately 7:55 p.m. Controlled at 9:30 p.m. Fourteen units rendered uninhabitable. Four units with fire damage, and others with varying degrees of smoke or water damage. Twenty-four people displaced. Caused determined as incendiary caused by attempted suicide. The eighteen year-old victim died the following day.
 
Fire units on scene included (first alarm) E16, E9, E6, E17, L3, L2, R1, B5, B3, C420, (working fire) A1, C20, C401, L4 (special called), (second alarm) E24, Sq14, E11, B4, L4, plus C2, C3, C5. Move-ups included E20 and L5 to Station 4,  E13 to Station 6, E26 to Station 11, E4 to Station 16, E24 and L6 to Station 17. Plus E20, E22, E4 for overnight fire watch. EMS units included EMS _, EMS 3, EMS 35, EMS 4, EMS 62, EMS 36, D4, D9, D5, D2, M95, M91, T1, vac 1, EMS 203 (PIO). "A" platoon. Mike Legeros photographs. Though he lives less than a mile from the scene, he was headed to dinner near the airport. First photos are at approximately 10:10 p.m.



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