RALEIGH - Two alarms were struck at an apartment fire early Saturday evening on April 9. Engine 16 arrived at 5034 Edwards Mill Road and found the two-story, elevated building entirely involved in flames.
Fire attack and exposure protection utilized aerial streams, ground monitors, and hand lines. Three occupants were injured in the fire, which displaced twenty-four people.
High winds contributed to the fast-moving structure fire, which was accidentally started due to improperly discarded smoking materials. Winds also spread em-bers into nearby wooded areas, and started ground fires as far away as the Beltline at Ridge Road.
The resulting call volume taxed the department’s re-sources, and brought assistance from neighboring fire departments for both fire control (Western Wake, Bay Leaf, New Hope, Swift Creek, and Morrisville) and coverage at city fire stations (Durham Highway, Eastern Wake, Knightdale, and Stony Hill).
Several firefighters were called back on “A” platoon and sent to the scene, and three Battalion Chiefs and their Division Chief returned to their stations, to assist with logistics.
"C" platoon. Companies returned to the scene on Sunday and Monday, and continued wetting the debris pile. Mike Legeros photographs.