09/21/08 279 W, 2 I - + 13 - 7 This Evening's Major Fire / Hammell Drive

Updated 9/23. Three alarms at 1022 Hammell Drive. Engine 1 first on scene with heavy smoke from two-story, block/metal warehouse building with 31,634 square-feet. Major working fire declared by Engine 1 on arrival. Heavy fire conditions encountered inside. Defensive attack initiated within minutes. Engine 1 and Ladder 1 flowing deluge as fire started vented through roof. Ladder 20 positioned behind building, also flowing. Fire spread to rear of building. Ladder 11 later set up and flowing. Ground deluge guns and two-inch hand lines also utilized. Four+ hydrants supplying water. Long lays required, due to distance from hydrants. One supply laid laid through two residential yards, over a fence, and down an embankment. Water plant also boosted pressure. Car 2 in command, assisted by Bat 3, Bat 2, Car 5, and Car 1. Alarm time 5:34 p.m., arrival at 5:39 p.m., third alarm at 6:26 p.m., and under control at 9:35 p.m. No injuries reported.

Lee Wilson photo

Building built in 1950 and housed several businesses and at least one residence. No alarm system or sprinklers. Cause under investigation. First alarm: E1, E13, E2, E10, L1, R7, B3, C5, C20, A8. Second alarm: E8, E5, E6, E20, L20, R14, B2, C2, C1. Additional ladder (L11) special called. Additional rescue (R19) dispatched, due to possibility of two subjects inside structure. Third alarm: E22, E4, L16, B4. Plus EMS 1, EMS 11, EMS 13, EMS 20, EMS 31, EMS D1, EMS D2, EMS T1. Numerous move-ups as well as county coverage at city stations during first hours of incident. Crews remained on scene through the night. "B" shift working, with "A" shift companies on scene on Monday. Incident details from Legeros, Wilson, FireNews, and media reports.

Mike Legeros photo

This fire was particularly interesting from our perspective in the dungeon. We had the cameras on top of the Wachovia building zoomed in on the fire. We rarely get to see RFD live in action. While it could only zoom in but so far, seeing several ladder companies flow that many steams on the fire as it kept venting the roof was a pretty cool sight. Having a live shot gave us a better understanding of what truly was going on at the fire scene and let us know that it was going to be an extended operation and to relocate apparatus accordingly.
dispatch - 09/22/08 - 02:51

Any county units utilized for coverage or move ups?
wcff - 09/22/08 - 07:20


When the new PSC is built, you’ll be located on upper floors, correct? And with windows?
harkey (Email) - 09/22/08 - 08:26

Western Wake at RFD 5
Fill-in, move-up - 09/22/08 - 13:16

Garner Engine 3 at RFD 2
4447 - 09/22/08 - 15:39

Day after coverage, http://www.newsobserver.com/print/tuesda..

Also, photos now posted by both Lee and Mike. How many did they take? Mr. Wilson shot 578, and posted 243. Mr. Legeros shot 800+, and posted 199.
Legeros - 09/23/08 - 05:24

Yes…about the 15th floor or so. Building is still in the design stages so that could change. I dont know if we will have windows directly in front of us to look out from where we are sitting but at least we will have natural light from high set windows and access to a window view just a few steps away. It cant come too soon for me!
dispatch - 09/23/08 - 12:41

The guys on B-Shift did a good job in the face of a tremendous water supply deficit and a well advanced fire. As I understand, the structure was heavy timber, 2 story, very cut-up and segmented, with multiple types of fire load (and just general junk). A potential death trap for interior work. An early call to go defensive was made. No one was injured and everyone went home !!!

For our brothers and sisters at ECC – That’s an interesting perspective using the cameras. Thanks for all that you do and it is always comforting to know that although you are a distance away and a voice on the radio, you are constantly contributing to our safety. I am glad the technology has advanced to allow you to better assist us in the field more than ever before. I personally appreciate all that you do for all responders in Raleigh and Wake County !!
A.Rich - 09/23/08 - 12:51

“Rich Tha Man” said it well. Dispatch does not get enough credit….ever. Thank you guys and gals at Central, (or rescom), We owe alot to you. Thanks for what you do. You do a great job!!!
Agree - 09/23/08 - 16:51

As reported today, cause determined as undetermined. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1..
Legeros - 10/09/08 - 21:22

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