12/25/11 224 W, 2 I - + 5 - 1 Two Alarms on Green Road on Christmas Morning

More than twenty-five people were displaced early this morning at a two-alarm fire at Green Castle Apartments at 2647 New Hope Church Road. The call was dispatched at 2:19 a.m. to 3923 Green Road. New Hope Engine 1 arrived at a two-story, brick-and-a-frame, townhouse building with 7,920 square-feet. Built in 1972. They found heavy fire venting from the roof of two of the building's seven units. A second alarm was dispatched while units were still en route. Defensive operations were utilized.

Ladder 2 and Ladder 5 flowed from the front of the building, while Ladder 1 was deployed in the rear. Plus deluge gun, portable monitor, hand lines, etc. The fire was controlled at 3:30 hours. The entire building was heavily damaged. All occupants escaped safely. Red Cross is reportedly assisting 15 families, with temporary shelter provided at a nearby hotel. The cause of the fire, which started outside one unit and spread to the roof, is undetermined.

As this WRAL story reports, this is the third large fire in five years at this location. Twenty-four people were displaced on June 14, 2010 (two alarms), and twelve people were displaced on April 3, 2006 (two alarms). Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros (see early photos) were both on scene this morning, and will provide additional incident details in their posted (or updated) pictures. 

Lee Wilson photo

Mike Legeros photo

What a bad start to Christmas morning, but all companies did great work.
AB - 12/25/11 - 11:05

AB, you guys were awesome (Wake-New Hope)! Merry Christmas brother!
A.C. Rich - 12/25/11 - 15:24

You should have seen the 911 lines light up. It was as if the entire complex noticed the fire at the same time. We knew it was going to be a big one and went ahead with the second alarm.
Marcus - 12/25/11 - 16:46

Thanks AC, you too! I wish all departments worked as well together as we do. RFD has some great folks too. Marcus, I liked the update “We are receiving multiple, multiple calls!” We could see it from Green and Calvary when we made the turn.
AB - 12/25/11 - 19:24

I believe the same exact building burned ~5 years ago.
Rescue Ranger - 12/25/11 - 21:56

Amusing typo today:

Fire guts Raleigh townhomes, displaces 60

The editor is using the number of firefighters, not the number of residents!
Legeros - 12/26/11 - 10:37

Pictures now available from Legeros and Lee, including second set shot about twelve hours after incident, at http://www.legeros.com/firepics..
Legeros - 12/26/11 - 12:09

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