05/21/13 255 W, 2 I - + 6 - 3 Two Alarms on Calumet Drive

Two alarms were struck this afternoon at 3216 Calumet Drive. Fire was showing through the roof upon arrival of Battalion 2, at the two-story, brick exterior, garden-style apartment building. Built in 1973. Hydrants were caught and lines were pulled for an interior attack, as the two arriving ladders were positioned. As searches were performed, heavy fire was found spreading through the attic. Crews were withdrawn at about the fifteen-minute mark. Car 20 assumed incident command. Ladder 2 (in parking lot) and Ladder 4 (using reserve platform, on Calumet Drive) were directed to begin aerial operations. Portable monitors were also deployed, one in the front of the structure and one in the rear. 

Command was located in the parking lot, on the left-rear corner of the building. Staging was along Calumet Drive. Hydrants were also caught on Calumet, with Engine 7 boosting to Engine 3, which boosted to Ladder 2 (was that right?), and Engine 11 boosting to Ladder 4. Rehab and medical monitoring was also on Calumet Drive, at Wake County EMS Truck 1. Dispatched at 3:31 p.m., the fire was controlled at 4:22 p.m. Seventy-five percent of the building was damaged. The cause was determined as natural, by lightning strike. First alarm: E11, E3, E21, E9, L2, L4, R1, SQ15, B2, B5, C420; Working fire: A1, C20, C401; Second alarm: E12, E13, E26, E10, L8, L1, B1; Self-dispatch (?) by E7; Also Car 3, Car 4, Car 5, Car 14 (Safety); Medical; EMS 3, EMS 5, EMS 36, EMS 63; D1, D9, M92, MD2, MD20, T1. See preliminary photos by Legeros. More later, plus also from Lee Wilson!

Were Eng 7 & Eng 12 out on another call when this came in?
stretch - 05/22/13 - 11:51

Yes, they were both on tree limbs on power lines. Engine 7 checked in route and was 2nd to arrive.
Coldfront - 05/30/13 - 14:40

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