04/12/14 235 W, 4 I - + 6 - 3 Extra Alarms and Multiple Buffs in Indianapolis

Was a good day for buffing in Indianapolis today. Started with the second day of exhibits at FDIC, and ended with an extra-alarm fire at 1545 Van Buren Street (previously cited as 2009 Draper Street) east of downtown. (Been nice 'n' confused about this one. Called it three-alarms on Twitter, after seeing news reported. Posted here as two-alarms, as seen on the IFD feed. Now back to three-alarms, via Tri-State Fire Alerts FB page. Plus reader mail that says it went higher than three!)

Four aerial streams, three monitor nozzles, and four hand lines were used, reported @IFD_NEWS via Twitter. Plus multiple buffs and visiting firefighters. Building measured 250 by 300 feet. Defensive operations and wall collapses. One firefighter injured. First due companies were Engine 27, Engine 23, Ladder 14. Building was unburned section of extra alarm fire last fall. 

Yours Truly was en route to the 2014 Firefighter Turnout when he saw the plume of smoke from some ten miles out. Couldn't possibly be a major working fire with so many firefighters in town? Well, yes it was. See more pictures from Mike Legeros, posted to his Flickr page and also accessible from www.legeros.com/firepics. They start about forty-five minutes into the incident. 

How does the FDIC compare to the expo held in Raleigh each year?
Jerry - 04/12/14 - 10:47

Looking at floor space and number of vendors and number of conference sessions, I put a very rough estimation of seven to nine times larger???
Legeros - 04/12/14 - 10:53

That would be an interesting chart for comparison. The numbers over years and decades in Raleigh, compared to… say… the SC show, compared to the Baltimore show, compared to FDIC.

Comparing numbers is easy, of course. It would be equally interesting to compare the origins and evolutions of the shows.

Raleigh’s show, for example, originates from state associations. That’s different from FDIC, which is the output of a magazine/publishing company.
Legeros - 04/12/14 - 10:55

Think I am way off on the floor size estimate. Let’s go with three or four size of Raleigh.
Legeros - 04/12/14 - 12:56

Love the shots of the professional onlookers. I can only imagine the fun of being there with them.
John Collins (Web Site) - 04/12/14 - 13:08

Also, as a fire PIO, I’m a bit of a sucker for photos of PIOs working on scene. Love those shots from your Flickr gallery. I’ve added them to my bookmarks.
John Collins (Web Site) - 04/12/14 - 13:47

Updated posting to reflect that the fire was three alarms or higher, and my confusion there in. Thanks Stretch!
Legeros - 04/13/14 - 10:45

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