Three Alarm Fire – Colleton County, SC

Two homes were damaged and one workshop destroyed in an early morning fire that started at 160 Boone Street in the Country Estates Subdivision south of the City of Walterboro (SC) Tuesday morning 26-August. At 01:45, 9-1-1 operators began receiving reports of the fire in a workshop and a home located behind the workshop. Colleton County Fire-Rescue Car 118 arrived to find the 20×40 block work shop fully-involved and a single-story residential dwelling approximately 30% involved.

Engine 1 was directed to a position on Capers Street behind the workshop. Multiple handlines and a deck gun were used in an attempt to extinguish the rapidly spreading fire in the Capers Street home. It appeared the fire originated in the workshop and spread to piles of lumber and wood in the yard. The residence at 189 Capers Street was located approximately 20 feet from the workshop on the lot next door and the fire spread to the attached garage, then extended into the attic. Neighbors had awaken the family at the Capers Street home. An adult male and two teenagers were able to safely exit the house.

A second alarm was requested six minutes after the first fire units arrived, with a third alarm five minutes later. The home on Capers Street had security bars on all of the windows. Firefighters had to remove the bars with a K-12 saw before it was safe to enter the structure. The fire quickly spread through the attic and within seven minutes after arrival was extending from the eaves on all sides of the home. The main house at 160 Boone Street also suffered heat damage to the rear of the house and most items in the back yard were destroyed. A pickup truck parked next to the workshop was also destroyed.

Firefighter-Paramedics worked diligently to contain the Capers Street fire, while other crewmembers protected the exposures on Boone Street and worked to extinguish the workshop fire. A tender shuttle was established for water supply, due to the majority of the subdivision being an unhydranted area.

It took approximately 50 minutes to bring the fires under control. The Capers Street home lost most of the roof and the majority of the fire was contained to the attic, however the remainder of the home suffered heavy damage from drop down fire and water. Many personal items were salvaged. The workshop and pickup truck on Boone Street were completely destroyed, as were several pieces of equipment in the yard. The Boone Street home also suffered heat and fire damage to the back of the house. The fire appeared to have started in or near the electrical panel in the workshop. Fire units were on the scene for over five hours. The Charleston Chapter of the American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family. No injuries were reported.

Engine 1, Engine 4, Engine 5, Engine 17, Engine 19, Engine 24, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 6, Tender 9, Tender 13, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 6, Medic 9, Medic, Medic 26, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Car 12, Car 105, Car 107 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Dan Barb and Captain Gary Nahrstedt operated the Command Post.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

heavy fire at night

Barry McRoy photo

house fully engulfed in fire

Barry McRoy photo

house fully engulfed in fire

Barry McRoy photo

fire department tender shuttle for rural water supply

Barry McRoy photo

house fully engulfed in fire

Barry McRoy photo

fire department water tenders shuttle water at night

Barry McRoy photo

Here are some photos of the garage fire in Mokena (IL) on 8/24/14. Companies arrived to a fully-involved garage fire with some minor extension to a neighboring house. Here’s the link to more photos: http://codephotography.smugmug.com/Scenes/Mokena/Garage-Fire-82514/i-ztBMhff

 -Code Photography

firemen at fully involved garage fire

Code Photography

garage fully involved in fire

Code Photography

fireman approaches fully involved garage fire

Code Photography

These images are from a trip to Philadelphia at Thanksgiving in 2003. I don’t remember the number of alarms or the location of the incident. I followed the header for almost half an  hour with my family in tow. The images were taken with a small, pocket digital camera.

huge fire in Philadelphia

Larry Shapiro photo

huge fire in Philadelphia

Larry Shapiro photo

huge fire in Philadelphia

Larry Shapiro photo

Anne Arundel County Fire Department units were alerted to an electrical burning odor in a commercial business structure on Friday.  Upon arrival, units discovered high levels of carbon monoxide, spot fires and water leakage throughout the complex and surrounding terrain, and a second alarm was struck bringing more engine and truck companies to the scene as well as the Anne Arundel Alarmers Association (http://www.freewebs.com/anne_arundel_alarmers/apparatus.htm) Fire & Police support unit.

An underground utility fire was contained, units performed ventilation and had the incident under control within 4 hours.  No injuries were reported.

Here are some scene photos from Anne Arundel PIO Russ Davies, and a bystander Jennifer Holtzapple who were both on the scene early.  I took a bunch of apparatus shots when the crews were packing up and going back into service.

Anne Arundel Fire has some interesting apparatus including the air wagon which has a new cab mounted on the same E-One body used on past versions from as far back as 30 years.  Attached are two photos of the wagon, one from yesterday that I took and one taken by John Floyd II from his archives, when the body was mounted to a 1974 IHC L-1800 Loadstar cab.  You’ll also notice the abundance of other E-One apparatus on the Anne Arundel roster.

Anne Arundel 1st Alert has a video report of the incident here:  http://vimeo.com/104140585

Best-

Trevor James

Trevor James Fire Scene Photography

commercial fire scene

Photo by Lt. Russ Davies, Anne Arundel County FD PIO

Anne Arundel Alarmers Association Support Unit

Photo by Lt. Russ Davies, Anne Arundel County FD PIO

Photo by Jennifer Holtzapple

Photo by Jennifer Holtzapple

firemen talking

Trevor James photo

Anne Arundel County FD E-ONE fire engine

Trevor James photo

Anne Arundel County FD fire engines

Trevor James photo

Anne Arundel County FD fire truck

Trevor James photo

Anne Arundel County FD E-ONE fire truck

Trevor James photo

Anne Arundel County air wagon

Trevor James photo

Anne Arundel County air wagon

Anne Arundel County air wagon from the archives of John Floyd II

More photos can be viewed on my Flickr account here:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/59625319@N02/

 

These photos are of a single-family house fire on the west side of Villa Park, taken during a very cold and snowy winter afternoon in the early- to mid-1990′s. At the time the pictures were taken, units from Villa Park (including call-backs), Elmhurst, Lombard, and Addison were either on-scene or en route. Unsure if it was a General Alarm or a First-Level MABAS Box.

All photos were taken using a 35mm pocket camera- no digital or smartphones back then!  Hope you enjoy the brief trip down memory lane!

Best Regards,

Brian Murphy

winter fire scene circa 1990

Line off of the rear of first-due engine from Villa Park Northside fire station. Brian Murphy photo

winter fire scene circa 1990

Fire venting through the roof; in foreground is Villa Park Engine 4 (reserve rig). Brian Murphy photo

winter fire scene circa 1990

Note smoke hanging low to ground- very cold day! Also note 2 1/2″ supply line from hydrant down the block at corner. Brian Murphy photo

winter fire scene circa 1990

Lots of cold smoke. Villa Park Engine 5 in background- late 60′s or early 70′s Pirsch. Brian Murphy photo

classic custom Pirsch fire engine

Villa Park Engine 4- late 60′s or early 70′s Pirsch, similar to Engine 5. Brian Murphy photo

classic custom Pirsch fire engine

Engine 4- officer’s side. Brian Murphy photo

Mack CF Pirsch rear mounted aerial ladder fro Elmhurst IL

Elmhurst Truck 1- 1977 Mack/Pirsch 100′ aerial ladder. Refurbished late 80′s or early 90′s by RPI . Brian Murphy photo

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue units from the 2nd Battalion including Rescue Squad 1 (Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad), Engine 707, and Tower 51 (National Institutes of Health) responded to the building fire on Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase on Monday afternoon.  This job was toned out as I was returning from the College Park Engineering Lab fire.

Units briefly had to double check with dispatch regarding the location of the incident since the dry cleaning business’ building is so small and nestled between some larger commercial structures.  A slight haze and odor was located inside the dry cleaners building and firefighters quickly cleared the smoke.  The incident was placed under control and units were quickly returned to service.

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Trevor James

Trevor James Fire Scene Photography

fireman with hose

Trevor James photo

Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad

Trevor James photo

fireman with ladder

Trevor James photo

firemen working

Trevor James photo

firemen working

Trevor James photo

Montgomery County fire engine

Trevor James photo

National Institutes of Health Fire Department

Trevor James photo

More photos can be viewed on my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/59625319@N02/

I finally got a chance to fly the drone over a real fire!  It took a while, but it was worth the wait.  

Short Version:

Long Version with radio traffic for audio:

Still photos from this flight are coming soon…

KEITH MURATORI
FIREGROUNDIMAGES.COM