03/09/13 141 W, 3 I - + 2 - 1 This Morning's Structure Fire - New Bern Avenue

Photos from a few hours later. One-story, block construction convenience store and gas station. With 1,928 square-feet, built 1984. Only three sides accessible, building located above below-grade shopping center (Longview). Heavy fire conditions inside, with roof operations for ventilation. Crews withdrawn from roof, and then from inside building. Ladder 4 and Ladder 2 (both, correct?) flowing into building, along with a portable monitor used. New Bern Avenue closed for supply line from opposite side of street. Dispatched about 10:15 a.m. Units on scene included: E7, E3 (first engine on scene, returning from grocery store), E12, E1, L4, L2, SQ15, R1, A1, B2, B5, C20, C420, C401, special call E13 and E11, EMS 7, EMS 1, EMS 2, D1. Where was Camera Boy, you ask? He was staffing the fire museum today and listening on the radio. Click to enlarge:

The exterior damage doesnt look too bad, can someone on scene advise what the inside conditions were like. Was it bad enough to warrant 2 aerial streams or was that done simply due to deteriorating structural conditions.
outside - 03/09/13 - 16:31

Interior units were evacuated due to a sagging lightweight steel-bar truss roof that had significant heat damage and wasn’t far from collapse. Great call by B2.
At scene - 03/09/13 - 17:19

Good deal. I agree with you at scene, great call. Thank you for the first hand information. Great job today
outside - 03/09/13 - 18:32

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