02/13/11 330 W, 4 I - + 5 - 2 This Afternoon's Major House Fire / Eaglerock Drive, Update

Sunday night update: See preliminary photos from the incident. Many more to be posted later...

That thick plume of smoke over north Raleigh this afternoon was an all-hands house fire at 11000 Eaglerock Drive, located at the dead-end of said street. At least eight departments were on scene-- Bay Leaf, Durham Highway, Falls, Stony Hill, Redwood, Bethesda, Wake Forest, Western Wake-- at the one-story, split-level, wood-frame structure with 3,327 square-feet. Built 1979. Durham Highway Pumper 1 was first on scene, with Bay Leaf Pumper 366 supplying water until shuttle operations could be started. The structure was soon fully involved on a couple sides, with fire spreading to the woods. Hazards included exploding ammunition, venting LP tanks, and multiple vehicles parking outside the structure that burned.

Mike Legeros photo

Water shuttle operations used a drop-tank at the corner of Eaglerock and Farmwood drives, with several hundred feet of supply line to the end of Eaglerock. Bay Leaf 258 pumped from drop-tank. The water point was the corner of Norwood and Old Creedmoor roads. Command located beside Pumper 1, was also the location of medical monitoring and rehab. Staging on Farmwood Drive. Brush trucks and engines sent to side streets, to help control the woods fires, as well as bring additional lines to the rear of structure. Dispatched about 1:20 p.m. Controlled about 3:30 p.m. More details maybe later. Plus the best of 799 photos taken by Mike Legeros, who arrived some 45 minutes after the incident started. Long drive from downtown Raleigh, where he was leaving another fire.

Bing Maps photo

As for apparatus on scene, it went something like this:

Wake County photo

I want to be the first to say this was an example of good hard work by these firefighters under some adverse wind conditions. What a great display of auto-aid, mutual aid, an overall combined response, and Incident Command. Hats off and kudos to Bay Leaf Assistant Chief J. Roof, Durham Hwy. Capt. T. Knickerbocker, and the many other firefighters that worked in a unified fashion at this incident. Thank you all!
A.C. Rich - 02/13/11 - 22:15

I would like to Thank everyone that came out and made the Fire easy to deal with. and Thanks to Chief Roof for running the Command
KICK - 02/13/11 - 23:42

Heavy fire, pressurized cylinders, fire coming up to 2 exposures, 6 vehicles on fire on arrival, no hydrants and high winds. Talk about Murphy paying us a visit. Outstanding teamwork this afternoon by all.
Proud to be County - 02/14/11 - 01:56

Western Wake E191? How far did they have to come?
Sparky - 02/14/11 - 06:48

According to google maps, they came 11.9 miles. Why the surprise?
Walsh - 02/14/11 - 09:08

Excellent coverage both by the assisting units and by Mr. Blogger/Photographer. And @Sparky, it was pretty much straight up Hwy. 50/Creedmoor Rd. from the station. A longer trip than we’re used to, but glad to be of assistance.
Duda (Email) - 02/14/11 - 11:36

I guess I though it would have been farther. Did not know it was that close.
Sparky - 02/14/11 - 13:51

Not the way WE went on 191 yesterday, but we made it in 16 minutes
J. Boggs - 02/14/11 - 17:44

Command and control sounded really strong on this incident, with apparent excellent personnel accountability. Also good attention to rehab and safety. Strong work!
CH100 - 02/14/11 - 19:20

Thanks Duda. Total of 184 keepers out of almost 800 shots. Will have ‘em posted in another day or so. Processing takes forever. Maybe that’s my next career. Full-time fire scene photographer. Can you go to school for that?
Legeros - 02/14/11 - 21:09

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