Early morning basement fire.

I think I’m getting sick… photos only today, with brief captions. All photos © me unless stated otherwise.

/RL

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This was our view on approach as the third-due engine company. E15 brought the 400′ through the front door and backed up first-due E32. Photo uncredited; http://engine15rescue3.com/fullstory.php?107294

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As you can see in the previous picture, the fire/smoke damage extends all the way up the side of the house.

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An exterior close-up. As we examined the front room after the fire had been knocked, we saw that all the exterior bars had been cut except for this one set of white bars, looking like they were installed by the homeowner after the house was completed. Despite the fact that the window was laddered on our arrival, the bars would have made it damn near impossible to use this window for egress had we needed it.

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Interior damage. When we left the scene, there was no official word on what started the fire.

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E19 had a hoseline burst on them while they were operating in the basement. E25 brought another line in to back them up.

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This wasn’t the last of it. The engine and squad stayed busy, running two more fires (one in E30′s area, and another in E27′s area) before the tour was over.

2 Comments

  • JJ says:

    “E19 had a hoseline burst on them while they were operating in the basement. E25 brought another line in to back them up. ”

    ?

    Try “failed to post to assigned duties with a working and properly stretched attack line. E25 came prepared and took their fire.”

    • raisingladders says:

      Since I wasn’t actually standing next to the crew of E19 when the incident happened, I can only go with what I was told.

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