12/12/08 67 W, 1 I - + 8 - 10 Lightning Strike Destroys Chapel Hill Home

FireNews has posted photos of yesterday's three-alarm house fire near the Chapel Hill Country Club. Andrew Wallace took this image of Durham's E16, a quint, in operation. CHFD, Durham, New Hope, and Parkwood responded. One firefighter was transported with chest pains. The 6,000 square-foot house at 1067 Canterbury Lane was undergoing a major renovation. See and read more.

Andrew Wallace / FireNews photo

Looking at the first photo….I count 2 ineffective hose streams. Looking further at the chain of photos; is that Chapel Hill’s tower just sitting down there? Big fire = big water folks….wasn’t there, just sayin’....
Silver - 12/12/08 - 11:49

I can’t say much for the ineffective hose streams, but the house was in the end of a cul-de-sac. Durham Engine 16 (the aerial flowing) was second due and brought the hydrant, and inadvertently blocked up the cul-de-sac. Luckily Engine 16 is a Quint and we were able to make use of it. The other side of the house is a tee box and fairway and there were 2 high flow hose-lines back there as well. I know it’s not Raleigh, Jeff, but we do what we can! :) As a side note, the house was actually 11,500 square feet, one of the largest private homes in Chapel Hill. Many of the guys on scene said they had never seen a fire move as rapidly as this one did. Don’t know if it was the construction work or just the multitude of voids, from dumb-waiters to false chimneys, but it moved in a hurry! We are lucky that we only sent one to the hospital. He’s fine by the way-his chest pain was caused by overexertion.
Sasser (Email) - 12/13/08 - 23:03

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