08/26/10 135 W, 1 I - + 4 - 5 This Morning's Fire at Fort Bragg

The Fayetteville Observer posted this photo of the barracks under construction that burned at Fort Bragg today. Seven (or eight, as some news agencies are reporting) firefighters were injured in the blaze that was reported about 10:20 a.m. and was reportedly started by rooftop welders. They suffered heat exhaustion, and were transported to Womack Army Medical Center and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment. Some 60 firefighters and 17 trucks were on scene, including Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, Spring Lake, Eastover, Stoney Point, Westarea, Benhaven, Cotton, and Pearces Mill fire departments. Two aerial streams from FFD and SLFD flowed on the three-story, 27,000 square-foot structure that's about 50 percent complete. The base's aerial truck was out of service. The fire was controlled in about 90 minutes.

Fayetteville Observer photo

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