01/15/13 120 W, 1 I - + 3 - 4 This Morning's House Fire in Garner

Here's a picture from WTVD of the house fire on Trekwood Garner that's been working for the last hour or two. Tons of tankers, with two water points. Units on scene have included Garner E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E9, R1, B1, C1, C2; Fuquay-Varina E3, mutual aid from Cleveland (E3 nursing, E4 shuttle), 50-210 (two pumper-tankers in shuttle) and Elevation (E1, manpower) fire departments in Johnston County, and tankers from Eastern Wake (T3), New Hope (T12), Wendell (E117), Zebulon (T98), Rolesville (T157), and Hopkins (T227). Ladies and gentlemen, presenting your Wake County tanker task force! Plus assorted move-ups, such as Clayton E4 to Cleveland and Fuquay E2 at Garner Station 2.

WTVD photo


Legeros - 01/15/13 - 09:14

Fairvew TA7, R1, C20, and C2 also on scene.
FF8 - 01/15/13 - 12:54

What was happening that caused such a huge response? Water requirements or heavy fire load?
2redline - 01/15/13 - 22:14

Lack of hydrants, heavy fire load and distance to water points,,,,heck of a job guys!!!!
JDH - 01/15/13 - 23:04

Large residence, heavy fire and a non hydrated area if I had to guess
Mike - 01/15/13 - 23:22

Good stop fellas’...
Silver - 01/16/13 - 09:17

I forgot to add that the wind assisted in the fire spread. I wasn’t there and I don’t know what the gusts were yesterday morning, but the comment was made by many onscene that the wind was definitely pushing the fire back toward the house. Also you can’t tell from the photo but the house is L shaped with the long side of the house being the D side.
Mike - 01/16/13 - 10:30

The construction features (almost a detached garage) seemed to help limit the fire spread into the main body of the house(?).
A.C. Rich - 01/16/13 - 16:49

Many different factors. Think of worst case scenario and thats about what happened. Heavy fire on arrival in the bonus room above the garage. Wind was blowing from the North(from the garage to the house) and the bonus room had two large windows that were already busted out upon arrival.

Building Construction: The garage appears to be detatched, but it was not. there was a small storage space that connect bonus room to rest of the house. On top of that, this residence had 3 different attic spaces with void areas throughout. Interesting fact, it was a newer neighborhood, but it was not lightweight truss.

Water Supply: This is an area with no hydrants within about 4 or 5 miles. Water points were at Cleveland station 2 and somewhere back towards the Benson Road/Rand Road area.

This fire had a decent head start, the family across the street called it in. No telling how long it was burning. All factors considered, everyone on scene did a heck of a job to stop it where it was.
On Scene - 01/16/13 - 18:04

Thanks on scene person. No question on the stop and it was a good job! It brings a question to mind for all… what makes a response a “good job?” Possible answers: no injuries/deaths; quick stop; teamwork; cooperation; a sense of pride and accomplishment? I will assume all readers would answer an overwhelming “yes” to all, but I ask you to reflect on what you individually feel constitutes a “good job.”

I can conjure a few quick ones: good risk assessment, good decisions, effective accountability, how about appropriate behaviors towards member safety, etc. Finally, consider and identify what one does before the incident to make it a “good job?” We often say “Stay safe,” but more importantly, we should “Behave safe!”
A.C. Rich - 01/16/13 - 22:21

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