04/02/11 171 W, 1 I - + 1 - 2 This Afternoon's Two Alarms / Blue Ridge Road

The west side's the hot side this week with their second second alarm in two days. Still compiling details on this one. Single-story brick building behind nursing home at 3830 Blue Ridge Road. Reported as laundry building. Engine 14 arriving with a working fire. Battalion 4 upgrading a minute or two later. Fire in attic space and soon through roof. Exposures protected, with no spread to the nearby buildings. Ladder positioned on opposite side of complex, though aerial stream not needed. Patients evacuated from one section of facility. Two hydrants caught. Blue Ridge Road closed due to supply line. Dispatched 3:34 p.m. Controlled 4:07 p.m. First alarm: E14, E16, E9,L3, B3, R3. Working fire: E6, A1, C10, C20, C40. Second alarm: E17, E18, E11, L1, R1, B4. Other fire: C2, C5, additional relief companies? Medical included EMS 1, EMS 11, EMS 2, EMS 3, EMS 4, EMS 121, EMS 124, D4, D3, T1, Evac 1.  

See photos by Mike Legeros  | See photos by Lee Wilson


I believe R-3 swapped with R-1 after they cleared KTC...
Silver - 04/02/11 - 23:39

What was in the attic? Were there knee walls and a floor up there that made it tougher to get to the seed of the fire? Or was it knocked down pretty quick once entry was gained in the side doors? I cant tell by the pics.
gen3fire - 04/04/11 - 18:31

KC, nothing but knee walls!! Had a floored attic that was used as storage (air filters, rolls of carpet, bedding). We made entry through the Delta side to open up versus following the line in, but had to clear crap away from the door in order to fully open it. Talking to a member of 16, they were making a push but it hadn’t vented yet and was giving them hell. After it busted through, things got a lot easier.
Silver - 04/04/11 - 23:36

Cause identified as dryer lint, http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/05/1..
Legeros - 04/05/11 - 07:06

“Dirty Dryers Cause Fires”!!! Twas’ the motto of a side business one “certain fireman” I know used to run. Advertising expense vs the cost of work received (and the sign Police) seemed to be his demise; amazing how it pops up as a cause from time to time. Such a nice, nice guy….damn shame he couldn’t keep the customers coming in.
Silver - 04/05/11 - 23:31

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