RALEIGH - House fire at 5001 Casland Drive. Upgraded to working fire while
units were en route, due to multiple calls. Engine 21 arriving at a two-story, wood-frame,
single-family dwelling with 2,450 square-feet. Built 2002. Heavy fire and smoke found
from second floor and through roof. Transitional attack, with crews attempting to
make entry. Quickly changed to defensive mode with all occupants accounted for, and
collapse conditions observed. Ladder 2 with aerial operations, plus portable monitor
in rear, and hand lines.
Dispatched 8:32 a.m. Controlled 9:15 a.m. Cause determined as accidental, child
playing with cigarette lighter. Included E21, E27, E11, E12, L2, L8, R1, B1, B2, A1, C20, C401,
EMS 5, EMS 36, EMS 7, EMS 2, D1, T1. "B" platoon.
Mike Legeros photographs.