02/13/08 1010 W, 9 I - + 8 - 14 May You Live in Interesting Times

Let's recap the last couple days of activity in Raleigh, with data as observed by Mike and Lee, and from media reports. We'll start with Saturday morning's house fire. The address was 704 Princeton Street. The structure was a single-story, brick-and-frame, 1,414 square-foot single-family dwelling built in 1968. Alarm time about 3:35 p.m. Car 20 was first on scene and reported fire through the roof, and one subject reported trapped inside. Crews made an interior attack against heavy fire, and then went defensive with hand lines and deck gun. One occupant escaped and was transported to a burn center. The other occupant was later found inside. Units included E9, E15, E16, E4, E19, E11, L16, R19, A8, B1, C20, C5, C2, C10, EMS3, EMS2, EMS5, EMS4, EMS D1, EMS T1. Car 20 and Engine 9 remained on scene through the morning, investigating with RPD and CCBI. "A" shift, then "B" shift was working. Lee Wilson photo:

The next big one was Saturday night, a major fire at 7013 Woodbend Drive. The structure was a two-story, wood-frame, 10,672 square-foot apartment building. Engine 4 was first on scene and reported a major working fire. Battalion 1 arrived and took command. Ladder 16 and Ladder 11 were positioned, but not needed. The interior attack contained and controlled within about 20 minutes. Four units were damaged, two with major smoke and fire damaged. The alarm time was about 10:00 p.m. Units included E4, E9, E15, E17, E19, E11, E18, L16, L11, R19, R14, B1, B4, C5, A8, C20, C2, EMS 121, EMS 16, EMS 11, EMS D1, EMS T1. "B" shift was still working. Mike Legeros photo:

Sunday afternoon saw a spate of brush fires. It was a dry and windy day, with gusts in the 40 mph range. Some grass fires, downed lines, and downed trees were reported around noon, but the bulk of the activity started around 2:00 p.m. The north side seemed particularly active, late that morning. The big calls are below. There was also a brush fire at the Lakes apartments, off Six Forks Road, with Engine 9 and Engine 4, if memory serves. RFD answered 80+ calls between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. By way of comparison, they answer an average of 100 calls in a 24-hour period (is that right?). "A" shift was working. Mike Legeros photo:

Late in the 3:00 p.m. hour, a fast-moving grass fire at 12424 Cilcain Court brought Raleigh and Falls units to Wakefield. What looked like tree-high flames from photos threatened and slightly damaged several homes. Units included E25, E22, E15, E18, E19, L22, R19, Falls 212, Falls 219, and Falls Brush 1. Matt Howard photo:

About 4:20 p.m., a major brush fire erupted in 300-400 block of Newton Road. Engine 4 was dispatched to a brush fire, and found flames threatening a three-story apartment building. Engine 4 requested a full working fire assignment. Engine 9 was second on scene and upgraded to a major working fire. Three sides of the structure were threatened. An automobile was also fully involved in the front of the building. A second brush fire was burning about a block east, on the south side of Newton Road. Ladder 16 was directed to that, and subsequently supplied water by Engine 23. A third brush fire was also discovered. The alarm time was about 4:20 p.m. Units on scene included E4, E5, E9, E11, E14, E16, E17, E23, R7, R14, L16, L23, B2, B3, B4, C5, C2, Mini 4, EMS 12_, EMS 12_, EMS 1280, and Wake MD 1. Lee Wilson photo:

About 5:00 p.m., a brush fire on the east side of Glenwood Avenue near Lake Boone Trail was reported. The fire was started by a tree limb touching a power line, which ignited debris in a ditch. Flames climbed an embankment, and spread onto the 17th hole of a golf course. About five acres of the course were burned. The fire was controlled after 9:00 p.m. Units on scene included E14, E6, E5, E13, E8, Mini 3, B2, B3. Mike Legeros photo:

About 5:25 p.m., a dumpster fire was reported at a restaurant at 8011 Brier Creek Parkway. Arriving units found flames had spread to the building. The fire was quickly contained. The building was safely evacuated. Units on scene included Bethesda T421, Raleigh E24, Durham Highway E1, Raleigh Battalion 2, two EMS units, and EMS D2. Other companies, including Raleigh Ladder 26 (!) were canceled. Lee Wilson photo:

Monday was quiet, but Tuesday started with a bang. Personnel at Station 2 heard the explosion at a metal recycling facility at 2310 Garner Road about 10:45 a.m. The explosion was the result of live ammunition exploding in a compactor. Two workers were transported with injuries. Garner Road was closed and the area evacuated. Nearby rail traffic was also halted. The incident appeared to be winding down by noon, and most fire and EMS companies released around that time as officials awaited the arrival of demolition experts from Fort Bragg. "C" shift was working. Lee Wilson photo:

Tuesday afternoon, subsequent identification of the ordinance caused an escalation of the incident. Three 90 mm rifle rounds and 18 anti-tank projectiles were found in the bales of scrap metal, reported WRAL the next day. Several fire companies and EMS units were recalled to the scene, with many other agencies soon arriving. A larger area was evacuated, with fire companies assisting with evacuating residents. Plans proceeded to begin exploding some of the ordinance, instead of moving same off-site. The first controlled explosion occurred at approximately 11:05 p.m., the sixth and last one at 2:40 a.m. The Beltline was closed for the first explosion, for approximately 30 minutes. The incident continued into Wednesday, today, with additional detonations. The process was expected to cease overnight, and resume Thursday night. Mike Legeros photo:

Participating agencies and units on Tuesday included:

Raleigh Fire Department
E2, E10, E1, E13, L26, R7, B2, B3, C5, C20, C2, C92, FC1, fuel truck, IT staff. Later L1, C1, E19, E6, R19, B1, B4, and recalled off-duty personnel.

Wake County EMS
EMS 1, EMS11, EMS13, EMS D1, EMS T1, MD1, MD20. Later EMS C200, EMS 15.

Wake Emergency Management
Wake Fire Marshal
Raleigh Police Department
State Highway Patrol
Wake County Sherriff
North Carolina ATF
Department of Defense
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