05/30/14 162 W, 3 I - + 5 - 6 Four Alarms in Charlotte Last Night

Four alarms were struck in the Queen City last night, while the area was subjected to heavy storms. A single-story warehouse at 2320 Toomey Avenue was reported ablaze just before 8:00 p.m. Crews found heavy smoke and fire on arrival. Building had 74,741 square-feet and was built in 1971, say tax records.

Owned by Carolina Food Stores, the building contained a lot of old machinery. The contents also included cardboard stacked to the ceiling, which took a long time to extinguish. Crews were subsequently withdrawn for defensive operations. The fourth alarm was for engines only, e.g. manpower. Several firefighters were treated for exhaustion. No (other) injuries were reported.

As alerted by Carolinas Fire Page, companies on scene at 9:11 p.m. were Engines 10, 2, 4, 5, 1, 12, 17, 30, 33, 23, 29, 26, 18; Ladders 2, 4, 1, 16; Rescue 10; Battalions 1, 2, 3, 14; Cars 1, 2, 4. Numerous Medic units were on scene, including a medical ambulance bus.

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