01/28/13 108 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 This Morning's Apartment Fire in Chapel Hill

WTVD has a slideshow of aerial photos (low-definition, alas) of this morning's multi-residential structure fire in Chapel Hill. Six apartments were destroyed and three were damaged at University Gardens near downtown Chapel Hill. They're either apartments or condos, depending upon if you're reading WTVD, WRAL, or the Chapel Hill News. Attic on southern end of building heavily involved with smoke and fire on arrival. Aerial operations utilized. Dispatched about 10:00 a.m. Took about an hour to control. Fifteen residents displaced. The blue trucks cleared the scene about 2:00 p.m. It's fire season around town(s), that's for sure.

WTVD photo

I have to ask, not Monday morning quarterbacking, was there not a aerial on the run? I never saw one set up in any of the pictures or videos from any of the media outlets yesterday. Chapel Hill has a couple I thought? Maybe they were tied up or out of service.
CaptaincChaos - 01/29/13 - 08:19

Okay, I see it now. I also never saw a pic of it up and flowing but I do see in the last pic that the outriggers are out. The media probably left before they started utilizing it. By the media pics/video, it looks like they had a pretty good stop on a stubborn fire.
CaptainChaos - 01/29/13 - 08:49

We set it up just in case, but didn’t need it. The vented with ground ladders. 95% was interior ops. We had a supply line burst and had to use the Tower’s supply line anyway! Stubborn is an understatement.
Sasser (Email) - 01/29/13 - 10:56

@Sasser – Wait a second, you mean to tell me that you actually CAN go inside and put out fire WITHOUT the need to withdraw everyone within 5 minutes to setup master streams? Holy crap. I remember actually being aggressive at one point but I guess those days are long gone here in Raleigh. Wait, oh that’s right, we only save lives now. It’s not our property so who cares if it burns down. Way to go, Chapel Hill! [/rant/vent]
Rescue Ranger - 01/29/13 - 13:12

Good stop Dave…good thing you had that secondary water supply established (wink,wink).
Silver - 01/29/13 - 14:30

Good job Chapel Hill. Thats fire fighting right there.@ Rescue Ranger, I know somethings are out of your hands but always remember its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Secondary water supply is what Im screaming on all working fires. Again good job Chapel Hill.
BamBam - 01/29/13 - 17:10

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