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Jacksonville Engine Runs Three Alarm Building Fire (Fire Box 49-5)

April 17th, 2004

In the early afternoon on Saturday, a fire box was dispatched for a report of a building fire in the 15000 block of Yeoho Rd. Units from Co 49 were only two miles away cleaning up a brush fire when they noticed a large column of smoke in that area. A tanker strike team was requested while units were en route due to the large amount of smoke and fire seen before arrival. B492 and E494 were first on scene and reported a 1-story commercial storage building approximately 180' x 80' heavily involved. It was reported by the owner that a diesel tank and numerous oxygen and acetylene bottles were inside the structure along with an assortment of farm equipment and supplies and many antiques. Numerous exposures including trailers, cars, equipment, fuel tanks, pesticides, and other buildings were a primary concern for attack crews to protect until an adequate water supply could be established. BC1 arrived with the first units, set up command, and requested a 2nd and 3rd alarm shortly thereafter for manpower and water. The water supply was set up by drafting from a nearby pond directly to the fire through over 8000' of 4 and 5 inch LDH hose pumped by TSU504 and relayed by E17, E312, E391, E401, E442 and to E494 at the fire ground. This supply relay supplied over 750GPM for two hours, flowing 4 1 3/4" hand lines and a 2 1/2" portable monitor gun. A secondary water source was set-up approx 1.5 miles away to fill tankers. The fire was brought under control by crews from over 50 pieces of equipment at approx 1900hrs with no civilian or fire injuries reported. This fire is still under investigation, but was believed to be an electrical short from equipment in the ceiling area.

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