07/08/13 230 W, 2 I - + 3 - 0 Two Alarms on Mayfair Street in Durham

Eighteen apartments were destroyed and two (or maybe six) others were damaged at 3525 Mayfair Street in Durham early this afternoon. The two-alarm fire was reported around 12:40 p.m. More than three dozen people were displaced from the Royal Oaks Apartments. Here's the run card. First alarm: E6, E4, E16, E11, L6, L12, Sq1, B1, B2, MS1, Safety 1; Second alarm: E2, E3, E10, E9, E12, L3, Sq7, B3, FD5, FD20, FD1, FD6, FD3. Plus fire watch companies through the evening: E15, E13, E8, E5, E1, E14, E7, L2. Readers can add incident details. Looked like a long supply line with relay pumping, from at least one hydrant, from the aerial footage. There was a single aerial operating on the A/D corner. Due to limited access and trees, they could only deploy a single ladder. 

Here's some media from WRAL, including a news story, a photo gallery, and aerial footage. And here's some media from WTVD, including a news story with video and a photo gallery. Here's an NBC17 story with video. The Durham Fire Department Facebook page has also posted a couple photos from veteran photographer Julian Harrison. See larger versions on his web site. Alas, Mr. Blogger learned of the blaze just a little too late into the lunch hour to respond. Maybe next time. 


Julian Harrison photos

Mike, As I count that left E15 being the only engine company left in service. Did they call back a shift and man reserves or were other departments called to cover the city?
stretch - 07/09/13 - 16:53

This was not a 3 alarm fire, the fire only went to 2 alarms during the suppression efforts. The run cards are correct with the following exceptions, all the “FD” units responded on the 2nd alarm, L-2, E-15 and all the 3rd alarm companies went in as single units to provide fire watch throughout the night. All the 3rd alarm units were in service during the actual fire and a few move ups were made to provide coverage.
Watson - 07/09/13 - 17:34

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