07/14/11 237 W, 1 I - + 1 - 6 This Afternoon's House FIre / Daufuskie Drive (Updated)

Engine 21 arriving at 2124 Daufuskie Drive, at a two-story, single-family dwelling with heavy fire venting through the roof. Built 2002, with 2,840 square-feet. All residents had self-evacuated at the time of arrival. The house was fully-involved with minutes, recalling radio traffic, with crews protecting exposures. Defensive operations started with Ladder 2, supplied by Engine 27. That began, say, five or seven minutes into the incident.

Additional details are provided by the fire department media release. The incident was dispatched at 1:33 p.m. The fire was controlled 1:53 p.m. Cause determined as accidental. No civilian injuries, but at least one firefighter was transported with head heat exhaustion. Units on scene included the following... First alarm: E21, E11, E27, L2, R1, B2. Working fire: E12, A1, C10, C20. Two additional engines special called, but returned to service before arriving, E15 and E26.

Where are news reports, you ask? The call was reported on Summer Shire Way, which was a bit difficult to understand (at least for me, via VHF rebroadcast via Uniden base station sitting in Cary) from Locution. Simply, the news reporters might not have been able to tell where the fire was! We'll see what six o'clock brings. That's one of the downsides with the system. Some times you just can't quite tell what's being said. Of course, not every live human is easy to understand at all times, as well.

Lee Wilson photo

Bring back the live dispatchers!!!
Silver - 07/14/11 - 19:04

Updated with a photo from Lee Wilson, and a few additional incident details, include at least one firefighter transported with heat exhaustion.
Legeros - 07/14/11 - 23:56

seems like I saw 2 news crews there. not sure which ones though. Was it ever on the evening news?
lee - 07/15/11 - 00:24

Thanks Lee.

Observe the cycle of supposition and validation that I demonstrated. Because I had not seen any news reports, I made the supposition that no news crews were present. I then created an explanation for that supposition, and was talking about it like it was a fact.

The quarterback trap, we might call it.
Legeros - 07/15/11 - 08:13

C’mon Mikey, we’re firemen here!!! “Supposition”, “validation”...thank God for Google.
Silver - 07/15/11 - 10:48

How bout that “Head Exhaustion”!!! Think I’ve had that a few times.
House - 07/15/11 - 12:55

wtvd had it on their news.
lee - 07/15/11 - 13:37

Jeff, does my literate loquaciousness give you head exhaustion? Perhaps I am a closet lexophile. Just watch out for that thesaurus. He’s got one mean bite!
Legeros - 07/15/11 - 19:36

Its tit for tat as to whether live dispatchers are better or not. I remember struggling to understand some of them esp. when they sped up due to excitement, or whatever. Either way, a garbled tx is a garbled tx. Say what you will, but there is no appreciable accent to locution, you can’t say the same about live dispatchers.
BC - 07/16/11 - 01:45

Intelligibility is overall pretty darn high with Locution. Listening through VHF re-broadcast via older scanners— I use my newer digital trunking scanners for monitoring the tac channels— only the odd or occasional street name is tough to hear, in my opinion. For a while, some of the double-digit numbers sounded alike, like, say, thirteen and fifteen. Or maybe it was fifteen and sixteen. Can’t readily recall and haven’t noticed lately. But for this buff, the street’s the thing! Get me on the block or the road, and I can find the scene!
Legeros - 07/16/11 - 08:51

I live nearby…did they ever release the cause of the fire?
Daniel (Email) - 07/17/11 - 17:05

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