12/18/09 110 W, 1 I - + 7 - 2 Shoes

Footware from EMS 15 on Capital Boulevard at this morning's working fire at the Guitar Center. Engine 11 with heavy smoke showing from one-story metal commercial building with 15,641 square-feet. Built 1971. Fire found in the "recording room," as this WRAL story reports. The fire was contained to the room, but the rest of the building suffered significant smoke damage. That story also inaccurately reports that "thirteen fire engines" were on scene, and which have resulted in some colorful reader responses. Units on scene: E11, E19, E7, E9, L2, R1, B1, C10, C20, A1, EMS 15, EMS 16, D1, T1. Pics from Legeros coming.

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rfburns - 12/18/09 - 23:50

Figured out where the reference to 13 came from.

If I look at the CFP alert (www.carolinasfirepage.com) sent on the incident, I didn’t have ALL of the units, just a partial.

I had “E11 E19 E7 L2 R1 BC1 EMS5 T1 D1 EMS16 EMS11 C10 E9” in my alert.

Our stuff goes directly to WRAL. By my count, in the alert, I listed 13 apparatus.

Mystery solved?

harkey (Email) (Web Site) - 12/19/09 - 00:32

honestly thirteen engines would be half or almost half of the city’s engine companies.that would be a lot of man power for a 15,000ft building with fire contained to one room with heavy smoke damage.
charlie (Email) - 12/19/09 - 03:49

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