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First-Due Working Fire with Tanker Strike Team Fire Box 47-13

March 11th, 2006

Late Saturday night, Engine 471 was alerted to respond to the report of an attached garage on fire on Patterson Farm Road in Jacksonville's first due area. Engine 471 and 473 along with units from other stations responded quickly and reported a large column of smoke and a glow in the sky from approximately two miles away. A tanker strike team was immediately requested. Units arrived on the scene to find a single-story dwelling that was heavily involved. Command was established by the officer of E471 and a working fire assignment was requested. Crews pulled multiple hand lines into the structure and commenced an aggressive attack. A tanker shuttle was started with other units to bring water to the scene. Approximately 10 minutes after fire department arrival, the fire had consumed such a large portion of the house that the roof was showing signs of collapse. The evacuation signal was sounded and crews left the structure immediately. Personnel then performed exterior attack operations with five hand lines. Less than two minutes later, the entire roof gave way. Crews were then given the order to resume interior operations. The fire was quickly knocked down and the house was ventilated. Crews worked for approximately three hours performing additional salvage and overhaul operations and assisting investigators. Approximately thirty personnel from Jacksonville responded on seven pieces of apparatus. Additional companies on the scene included Long Green, Kingsville, Fallston, Cockeysville, Providence , Texas, Jarrettsville, Lutherville, and others.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, TSU474, M475, SU476, U477, AU478
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