The Metropolitan Fire - March 16, 2017

Timeline


Last updated June 5, 2017.

Note: Times do not (yet) include fractional seconds.

Day

Time

Milestone

Notes

Thur

22:02 or 22:03

Pre-alert.

HQ pre-alerts on radio channel with short transmission: "Structure fire, 400 West North Street."

Thur

22:03

First alarm dispatched.

Automated dispatch, via locution. 400 W. North Street, which is the closest address that callers can determine. E13, E1, E3, E5, L4, L2, R1, Bat 3, Bat 2, C420. Tac 18.

Thur

22:05 rte

Bat 3 informed of multiple callers by HQ.

HQ advises that they’re receiving multiple, multiple calls confirming that this is a working fire. Bat 3 advises HQ to upgrade to working fire.

Thur

22:05

Working fire dispatched.

Automated dispatch, via locution. A1, C20, C401.

Thur

22:05

E13 arrives and establishes command.

First arriving unit. Reports heavy fire showing from second floor. Immediately requests second alarm, see below.

E13 parks on Jones, at southeast corner of Metropolitan (Div A/D), connects to hydrant mid-block on Jones Street, and deploys portable monitor to protect exposures on south (Div A) and southeast (Div C/D) sides.

“Thirteen’s on scene, thirteen has command. [ Something something ] street. Headquarters give me a second alarm. Staging will be 42nd Street Oyster bar. Five story, under construction. Residential structure. 150 by 200. Heavy fire showing from division two. Engine 13 is par three. Thirteen has their own hydrant.”

Thur

22:06

Second alarm requested for fire.

Requested by command (E13), see above, and follows E13 officer's description of fire conditions. Staging area is designated as at 42nd Street Oyster bar, at corner of Jones and West.

Thur

22:06

Second alarm requested for EMS.

Requested by EMS District Chief and immediately after second alarm for fire is requested. By that time, two EMS District Chiefs have arrived, and established their command location on the southwest corner of Harrington and Jones.

Thur

22:06

Car 401 (investigator) arrives.

He's assigned as Staging Officer. He also calls the incoming investigator on "C" platoon at home, and requests a response.

Thur

22:06 rte

HQ tells all EMS units to switch to own radio channel, Tac 19.

 

Thur

22:06

E1 arrives.

Parks at Jones and Dawson, connects to hydrant on northeast corner, and deploys portable monitor in alley on the east side (Div D) to protect exposures.

Thur

22:06

L4 arrives.

First arriving ladder. Parks behind E13 on Jones. They begin repositioning the apparatus, to prepare for set-up. The fire is also rapidly spreading, and the move their apparatus off the block, parking just west of the intersection of Jones and Harrington and the southwest corner (Div A/B), on Jones Street, and facing west. They are supplied by E3, which is boosted by E2, both at a hydrant at the corner of Jones and West.

Thur

22:07

Second alarm dispatched.

Automated dispatch, via locution. E6, E2, Sq7, L7, L3, Bat 5.

Thur

22:07

E3 arrives.

Parks at Jones and West, and connects to hydrant, and will supply L4. Crew is directed to evacuate the Link Apartments, the west exposure (Div B). They perform a quick evacuation, and then are assigned to fire attack in the building. The building has sprinklers, which activate. They check each floor, find some fire on the sixth floor, and deploy high rise hose via standpipe to extinguish.

Thur

22:07 rte

Command (E13) directs third arriving engine (E3) to start evacuating the Link.

“Command to, uh, Engine 5 or, excuse me, third-arriving engine. Go to the apartments that are at, uh… yeah, go to those apartments right there where you’re at, start evacuating that building. We’re not going to be able to stop this.”

Thur

22:08

L2 arrives.

Parks on Harrington, mid-block, north of Jones. They attempt to connect to a hydrant on the southeast corner of Harrington and Lane, after climbing over a concrete barrier and cutting through fence. The hydrant is a new and not operational. L2 is then brought a supply line from E5, which is subsequently supplied by Sq14.

With heavy fire threatening their apparatus, they back their ladder to the northwest corner (Div B/C). They use their master stream to extinguish the fire threatening their truck. Then they move

They repeat this action twice, moving the ladder forward, until it has sufficient reach to begin spraying the Link Apartments, for exposure protection.

Thur

22:08

E5 arrives.

Parks at Harrington and Lane, having laid a supply line for L2. Two personnel stay at the truck to assist with water supply, while two others continue to command post, and are assigned to assist with operations in the two high-rise exposures.

Thur

22:08

Third alarm requested.

Command (E13) continues on the radio, noting that the building has no fire protection in place, fire is moving entire length of block, and evacuation needs to start at seven-story apartments at Harrington and Jones.

Thur

22:08, by this time

 

Flames are reaching 200 feet in the air, and the fire is generating its own wind, pushing the flames toward the south (Div A) and east (Div D) sides of the building, and across Jones Street onto the high-rise Quorum Center.

Thur

22:09

Third alarm dispatched.

Automated dispatch, via locution. E11, E20, Sq14.

Thur

22:09 rte

Command (E13) issues a collapse warning.

Tells units “on the corner” (which corner) to prepare for a collapse. Also tells Ladder 4, when fire gets to your end of the corner (Div A/B), it’s probably going to collapse as well.

Thur

22:09 rte

Command (E13) also tells HQ of a second working fire.

He says that have a working fire on the east (Div D) exposure [the League of Municipalities building].

Thur

22:09

R1 arrives.

Parks in lot opposite intersection of Harrington and Lane. Personnel first assist L2 with accessing hydrant inside construction fence, on northwest corner of fire building sit (Div B/C), then assist with establishing a water supply for a portable monitor (and Ladder 4) at Harrington and Jones. Then they're directed to the Quorum Center, under the command of Bat 3, and start primary searches on the fourth floor, continuing to the 11th floor.

Thur

22:10 rte

Bat 3, en route, informs all ladders to try to position at the corners of the building. And that the fire will be 100% defense.

 

Thur

22:10 rte

Command (E13) asks HQ to notify water department to boost pressure for the area.

 

Thur

22:10ish

Bat 1 at Station 19 begins implementing All Hazards Plan.

This will adjust responses and resources for rest of city. He begins moving engine and ladder companies that are still in service, from their station "farther out" to those empty stations "closer in." He also contacts the Wake County Fire Marshal's office, and requests companies from county fire departments, to assist with coverage at city stations.

He’ll soon be assisted by Bat 4 at Station 23. They’ll be the two remaining Battalion Chiefs in service, during the fire.

At Station 19, incoming Battalion Chief Rob Mitchell will later report for duty, and begin “riding the car” for any calls, for the remainder of the shift.

Thur

22:11 rte

Bat 3 directs E5 to Harrington and Lane, to establish a water supply for L2, on that corner of the building (Div A/B).

 

Thur

22:11

Bat 3 arrives.

First Battalion Chief on scene. He will soon assume command from E13 officer.

 

 

 

 

Thur

22:11

Bat 5 arrives.

Second Battalion Chief on scene. He takes position along Jones Street, on the southeast side of the Metropolitan (Div A/D).

Thur

22:11-22:12 rte

Command (E13) gives updates to Bat 3.

 

He reports his location, that E13 is closer to Dawson Street.

He also informs about fire showing in the exposure on the east side (Div D) [in the League of Municipalities building].

He reports a three-story, masonry and frame office building, 150 by 75, with fire showing. He notes that they’ll (someone will) need to make entry into that building soon.

Thur

22:12

Bat 3 assumes command from E13 officer.

He designates the command location as the corner of Jones and Harrington.

Thur

22:12

Car 20 arrives.

Does not assume command, but assists with setting up the components of the command structure.

Thur

22:12

Fourth alarm requested.

Bat 3 requests a fourth alarm to the earlier staging area. Reports as an approximately 400 by 500, five-story, wood frame building that’s about 30% fully-involved.

Thur

22:13

Fourth alarm dispatched.

Automated dispatch, via locution. E8, E12, E9.

Thur

22:13

E2 arrives.

Parks at Jones and West, and connects to the hydrant being used by E3, and boosts pressure for E3, which is supplying L4. The driver stays with apparatus, and the other two members first tasked with searches in the Quorum Center.

Thur

22:13

E6 arrives.

Stages at Jones and West. The driver is assigned role of Staging Officer. Remaining crew assists others with hydrant connections for monitors and ladders, and is then tasked with searches in the Quorum Center.

Thur

22:13

Sq7 arrives.

Catches a hydrant at Edenton and Harrington, and lays the line north on Harrington. Parks just south of Jones, at the Quorum Center. Charges supply line. Connects to Quorum Center FDC, but doesn’t charge. Personnel enter building and assist with evacuations.

Thurs

22:13 rte

L2 setting up at Harrington and Lane, they report.

 

Thur

22:13 rte

E5 at Harrington and North with a hydrant, they report.

They’re waiting to bring a supply line to L2 when it gets in position. E5 also asks about  shutting the railroad down, as they’ll cross tracks while laying their line.

Thurs

22:14 rte

Police requested to shut down all traffic into scene for two blocks in all direction, by command (Bat 3).

No traffic to be allowed in, except emergency vehicles.

Thur

22:15

Car 2 arrives.

Asst. Chief of Operations (Harvey).

Thur

22:15

Bat 2 arrives.

Third Battalion Chief on scene. Parks on Lane Street. Command directs Bat 2 to take command of the north side (Div C).

Thur

22:15

Car 420 arrives.

Platoon Deputy Fire Marshal. Stages at Edenton and Dawson.

Thur

22:15

E11 arrives.

Traveling south on Dawson Street, they observe flames on the roof of a church at Edenton and Dawson.

They "lay in wet" from a hydrant on Dawson Street, and use their deck gun to extinguish the flames.

They also pull hand lines, using a courtyard lay, to extinguish flaming materials within a walled area, in the rear of the church.

Thur

22:15 rte

Car 20 radios command that a tower crane is involved.

And says they might not be able to see it, within their field of vision.

Thur

22:16

L7 arrives.

Bat 3 gives directions to L7, directing them to come in off Dawson Street, to Jones, to southeast (Div C/D) corner.

E13 is parked at that location, however. L7 parks at Dawson and Jones (as directed by Bat 5?), and deploy aerial stream, attacking roof fires on surrounding buildings to east (Div D) and southeast (Div A/D) of Metropolitan.

After this brief operation, they reposition to the southeast corner of the Metropolitan (Div A/D), where E13 first parked. [By that time, E13 will have been moved, due to high heat.]

L7 begins aerial operations, first protecting exposures, and then on the fire building.

Thur

22:17

E20 arrives.

Stages on West street. Personnel are assigned to the Quorum Center, for searches and fire attack.

Thur

22:17 rte

L2 directed to northwest corner (Div B/C) by Bat 2.

 

Thur

22:17 rte

E1 moves portable monitor, to protect exposures on east side (Div D).

E1 radios command that they’re on the southeast corner (Div A/D), with a portable monitor, and trying to reposition to protect the single-story building on the east side (Div D), from the heavy fire conditions.

Thur

22:18

L3 arrives.

Parks facing north on Harrington on south side of Jones Street intersection (Div A/B). They begin aerial operations, protecting the Quorum Center.

They also assist setting up a portable monitor on Harrington at Jones, supplied by E3, also protecting the Quorum Center.

Two off-duty personnel arrive, take over operation of the apparatus, and the four-person crew from L3 is assigned to other tasks.

Thurs

22:18 rte

Additional buildings involved with fire on the east side (Div D), reports Bat 5.

 

Thur

22:19

Sq14 arrives.

Parks at Harrington and North, and boosts pressure to L2, using supply line laid by E5. Driver remains at apparatus, and two personnel report to command, and are assigned various tasks.

Thur

22:19

Tower crane collapses.

Unidentified person on radio transmits “crane’s coming down!”

Thur

22:20

E8 arrives.

Stages on Jones Street. Crew is assigned to search group for Quorum Center.

Thur

22:20 rte

E13 ordered to move from their position at the southeast corner (Div A/D) by Bat 5.

The heat is starting to buckle pavement, burn and melt equipment on the engine, and causing the firefighters protective clothing to begin smoking.

Thur

22:20 rte

Glass is falling on Jones Street, E20 reports.

 

Thur

22:20ish

Car 2 (Harvey) assumes command from Bat 3.

 

Thurs

22:20-21 rte

Command (Car 2) calls for all units to case radio traffic.

Confirms that the construction crane has collapsed. He begins confirming that all personnel are accounted for.

Bat 2 move from north (Div C) to west (Div B) side, and accounts for L2 personnel.

Thur

22:21

E12 arrives.

Stages until they are directed to extinguish spot fires, around the Metropolitan. Then directed to assist E11, with extinguishing fires at church at corner of Edenton and Dawson.

Thur

22:22

E9 arrives.

Directed to lay supply line from North and West streets, into parking lot opposite Harrington and Lane.

Supplies portable monitor, which is directed onto the west side of the building (Div B), from mid-block on Harrington.

Later supplies second monitor, the 1000 GPM monitor from Squad 14, that’s also deployed mid-block on Harrington.

Thurs

22:22-23 rte

Command tells all units entering the city to stage behind Station 1.

 

Thurs

22:22-23 rte

Command requests [from staging] that two engines and one ladder company meet at the Quorum Center, as they have a report of subjects trapped on the tenth floor.

 

Thurs

22:23 rte

E11 is extinguishing fires at the church at Dawson and Edenton, they report.

 

Thur

22:23, about

Photographer Legeros arrives.

 

Thur

22:25 rte

Command requests five more Tac channels from dispatcher.

Command announces Tac 22 is the staging channel, and all incoming units should switch to that channel.

Thur

22:26

A1 arrives.

Mobile air unit. Parks at Jones and West, in parking lot of 42nd Street Oyster Bar.

Thur

22:26 rte

L2 is starting to flow on Harrington, from the northwest corner (Div B/C), Bat 2 reports.

 

Thur

22:26 rte

L3 is getting into position on Harrington, they report.

 

Thur

22:28

Calls received [at ECC] for Methodist Adult Center on fire, at Edenton and Dawson.

 

Thur

22:30, by this time

Bat 4 at Station 23 is assisting Bat 1 at Station 19, with logistics, manpower, and apparatus coverage.

 

Thur

22:30, about

Car 5 (Hocutt) arrives.

Assistant Chief of Training, arrives. He first takes command at the church at Edenton and Dawson. He’ll assist at the command post and later take command on the east side of the Metropolitan (Div D).

Thurs

22:30, about

High-rise operations initiated at Quorum Center

With Battalion 3 as branch director.

Thurs

22:30, about

 

Chief officers are or will be assigned as operational command/branch director in several locations, during the incident:
Metropolitan – west side (Div B) - Car 3
Metropolitan – north side (Div C) - Bat 2
Metropolitan – east side (Div D) - Bat 2/Car 3, then Car 5
Metropolitan – southeast corner (Div A/D) - Bat 5
Quorum Center - Bat 3
Link Apartments - Car 20
Edenton Street Methodist Church - Car
Incident Command - Car 2

Thur

22:31 rte

Fire impinging upon the Link Apartments, Bat 2 reports.

L2 now repositioning, moving 50-100 feet south, closer to fire, Bat 2 also reports.

 

Thur

22:32

Fifth alarm dispatched.

Automated dispatch, via locution. E15, E27, E26.

Thur

22:32

Calls received [by ECC] for fire on roof of Sacred Heart Cathedral at 200 Hillsborough.

 

Thur

22:32 rte

L3 getting ready to set up at Jones and Harrington, to protect exposures, they report.

 

Thur

22:32 rte

HQ reports they’ve received calls about a fire at the church at McDowell and Hillsborough.

 

Thur

22:36 rte

E9 prepares to lay supply line into the parking lot on west side (Div B), to supply portable monitor which will be used to extinguish fire on exterior of Link Apartments.

 

Thur

22:38

E10 dispatched to McDowell and Hillsborough streets

Reported fire on the roof of the church. They extinguish with booster line, and ground ladders.

Thur

~22:38

L6 move-up to Sta 17.

 

Thur

22:39 rte

HQ has report of another building with possible fire, adult care center at 228 W. Edenton.

 

Thur

22:39-40 rte

Car 20 takes over command of Link Apartments on west side (Div B) exposure.

Four-story condo. Small flames on the outside. Two crews are operating inside.

Thur

22:39-40 rte

Command reports E13 is checking exposure at 228 W. Edenton Street.

 

Thur

22:41 rte

L7 reports that they see spot fires on the roof of the church youth center, on the east side of the Quorum Center.

Command assigns that fire to Bat 5.

Thur

22:42 rte

Car 4 informs command that he’s at the EOC.

Command requests help with monitoring the tac channels, to make sure they don’t miss anything, especially any emergency button activations.

Thur

22:44

E17 dispatched (from Station 1?) to 115 W. McDowell Street.

Small mulch fire, found by police officer.

Thur

22:44 rte

Car 5 on scene with E11 crew at Hillsborough and Dawson, at the church.

 

Thur

22:45

E27 arrives.

Crew first assigned to searching exposures.

Thur

22:45 rte

L7 is moving to new position, reports Bat 5.

 

The aerial platform is moved from Dawson at Jones, to the southeast corner (Div A/D) of the Metropolitan.

Thur

22:45 rte

L2 is being repositioned again, moving again 50-100 feet south on Harrington, reports Bat 2.

 

They are working to reach the Link Apartment—their truck has only a 75-foot aerial ladder, not a 100-foot—and are also extinguishing fire beside the apparatus, to prevent damage.

Thur

22:47 rte

Portable monitor on Harrington, on west side (Div B), begins flowing, supplied by E9.

 

Thur

22:47 rte

Command tells Deputy Chief of Training that their resources can respond to the scene.

He’s told to switch to Tac 22, and contact staging.

Thur

22:48 rte

Command requests HQ broadcast to arriving units that staging is at Station 1, and the rear parking lot of Fire Administration.

 

Thur

22:48-49 rte

L2 begins flowing water again, after being repositioned.

 

Thur

22:49

E15 arrives.

Crew first assigned to searching Link Apartments. Apparatus is later connected to Link sprinkler system, using nearby hydrant, with Assistant Fire Marshal Henshaw operating. System is not charged.

Thur

22:49 rte

Car 20 requests [from staging] one engine company with high-rise pack, to assist the two companies in the Link.

He provides an update: the sprinkler system has held all floors in check. With one more company, interior ops will be set. Also has a portable monitor being deployed, for the exterior. He says it looks like the fire is under control.

Thur

22:49 rte

Engine (E11 or E12) is spraying water on the roof of the church at Edenton and Dawson, using their monitor.

 

Thur

22:54 rte

HQ reports another building to check, 104 Hillsborough Stree, First Baptist Church, roof reported on fire.

E26 arrives at staging a few moments later, and is directed to the fire. See below.

Thur

22:54

E26 arrives.

From staging, dispatched to structure fire at 215 S. McDowell. No fire found, and they return to staging. Crews are then directed to search the single-story industrial building on the north side of the Link Apartments, which had been struck by the collapsing crane.

Thur

22:56

E21 discovers fire on the roof of the church at 104 Hillsborough Street.

They request a ladder truck to reach the roof. With L9 assisting, they find and extinguish burning leaves on the roof. They also check the interior of the building for hot spots, and find none.

Thur

After 22:56

L9 (from Station 1?) dispatched to 104 Hillsborough St.

 

Thur

22:57 rte

L7 has moved to the southeast corner (Div A/D) and is about to extinguish fires on the roof of the youth center, beside the Quorum, reports Bat 5.

 

Thur

22:58 rte

E11, E12 crew will clear church fire in a few minutes and head to staging, reports Bat 5.

 

Thur

23:00,  about

Training Division personnel arrive on West Street, including staff and recruit academy instructors (14), and firefighter recruits (27). They arrive with two training engines, and the RFD commercial bus.

 

Thur

23:01

Quorum Center incident under control.

 

Thurs

23:02 rte

HQ ask command to check Doug Sutton Insurance building at Jones and McDowell again, they have reports of the roof on fire.

Bat 5 copies the traffic, and will address.

Thur

23:02 rte

Car 20 requests two personnel, including a driver, to the Link, to use E15 to connect to the building’s standpipe system.

He notes that Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Henshaw is waiting for them, to give them directions.

Thur

~23:03

E4 move-up to Sta 1.

 

Thur

23:05-6 rte

Crew is checking the insurance building at Jones and McDowell and will report back, reports Bat 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Thur

~23:10

E29 move-up to Sta 8.

 

Thur

23:12 rte

Temporary rehab has been established at Harrington and Edenton, announces command.

All crews are requested to start reporting to that location for rehab.

Thur

23:12 rte

Three buildings are on fire on the east side (Div C) of the Metropolitan, reports Car 3.

Two buildings with roof fires, and third building [League of Municipalities] with three rooms on fire on third floor.

Asks for a ladder to be sent to that location. He has one piece of apparatus [E13], but wants another, preferably a ladder.

Thur

23:14 rte

E9 officer assumes command on west side of fire building (Div B) from Bat 2 .

Bat 2 going to east side (Div C), to assist with those operations.

 

Thur

23:15 rte

E26 reports they are heading to 215 S. McDowell Street.

 

Thur

23:15 rte

HQ asks command about another building, Jones and Dawson, insurance company.

They are still receiving calls.

Thur

23:17

Link Apartments incident under control.

Crews are still in the building, but fire is under control.

Thur

23:18 rte

L2 is moving to the other side of the Metropolitan, for the exposure on fire on the southeast (Div A/D) corner, reports Bat 2.

The ladder crew is “breaking it down now.”

Thur

23:19 rte

Permanent rehab now established at Jones and West, announces command.

Directs all units in temporary rehab to report to that location.

Thur

23:20 rte

Bat 2 provides updates to Command:

He and Car 3 are working to hit the heavy fire in the League of Municipalities building.

Church fire is under control. One unit is there, standing by. Also being monitored by Car 420.

Three engines are covering Hillsborough Street for falling embers, notes radio traffic.

The League of Municipalities building is the biggest situation they have, beside the Metropolitan.

 

Fri

23:21-22 rte

Bat 2 requests more resources from command in Div C.

 

Fri

23:22 rte

E26 arrives 216 S. McDowell, nothing showing.

No fire found at location. They report all clear and returning to staging at 23:36.

Fri

23:23 rte

L2 en route to east side (Div D) from west side (Div B), reports Bat 2.

 

Fri

23:27 ish

E9 driver tells E9 officer that a train is inbound, as reported by Police.

They are trying to get the train stopped. E9 driver provides update three minutes later, that the train has been stopped.

Thur

23:27 ish

L2 moving into position on the east side (Div D) of the Metropolitan.  

Bat 2 tells L2 to send their crew and a 25 foot ladder, to get on a building roof with a hand line, to extinguish the fire. L2 is subsequently parked in Div D, parallel to Jones Street, and facing Div D. Their ladder is used as an aerial stream on the Metropolitan, and then as an aerial standpipe for crews inside of the League of Municipalities Building.

Thur

23:31 rte

C20 reports that two crews (four people) will be operating in the Link Apartments, just doing overhaul.

 

Thur

~23:32

E18 move-up to Sta 9.
E25 move-up to Sta 7.

 

Thur

23:36 rte

E9 is preparing to flow a second monitor on the west side (Div B) of the Metropolitan.

Later advises it’s a 1000 GPM monitor, using two three-inch lines.

Thur

23:39-40 rte

L7 operator cautions L7 nozzle that their aerial stream is about to knock down a back wall.

By this time, some sections of brick wall are still standing on the east side (Div D) of the Metropolitan.

Thur

23:42 rte

HQ asks command if they can check the report of a fire alarm activation at 215 N. Dawson.

Bat 5 tells command that that’s where crews are operating on the east side (Div D) of the Metropolitan.

 Thur

 ~23:46

E10 move-up to Sta 2.

 

Thur

23:46 rte

Fire(s) in parking deck of Metropolitan confirmed by Bat 2 to command.

Initially thought to be one or more vehicle fires. Building materials on the roof, and the concrete in the structure is burning.

Thur

23:47 rte

Three reserves are en route, fully staffed, EOC tells command.

EOC also reports that county units are covering the city.

Thurs

23:48 rte

Animal control officers requested to command post, by command to HQ.

HQ confirms request received, but it will take a little while, as the officers have to be paged out. Needed for a displaced canine.

Thur

23:50 rte

Bat 5 asks L7 if there’s any fire on the roof of the Reynolds Building.

L7 confirms fire on all four corners, plus a ten-by-ten foot collapse on the Div C/D corner.

Thur

23:52 rte

215 N. Dawson Street building is under control, Command tells HQ.

The building had already been taken care of, Car 3 reports. Command tells HQ that they can disregard any additional alarms from the building.

Thur

23:55 rte

The two portable monitors on the west side (Div B) of the Metropolitan are shut down, E9 officer tells Bat 2.

Because they see several firefighters doing a search in the area that they’re spraying. After three minutes, they resume spraying.

Fri

00:02 rte

EMS has established a rehab area at West and Jones, announces command.

 

Fri

00:10 rte

Command requests 100-foot ladder to scene.

Have them switch to Tac 18, for specific location. Tells HQ to dispatch L8.

Fri

00:12 rte

L8 dispatched.

 

Fri

00:13 rte

L8 en route.

Calls Command on Tac 18 and is told to switch to Tac 25, and will be reporting to Car 5.

Fri

00:22 rte

E9 tells Bat 2 that they see some fire on the opposite side (Div C) of the Metropolitan, somewhere in the parking deck.

E9 says they’ll try to “lob some water” and Bat 2 tells them to proceed, as all crews in Div C are in safe locations.

Fri

00:25

L8 arrives.

Special-called for burning construction materials on top of parking deck on north side (Div C) of Metropolitan, for use as aerial standpipe. Later used to flow water onto Metropolitan.

Fri

00:31 rte

Bat 5 gives accountability report: R1 with 5, E15 with 4, E11 with 2, E12 with 3, L7 with 4. He’s on Div C/D corner with L7 on Tac 18.

 

Fri

00:34 rte

Norfolk Southern has shut down the rail line that crosses West and Harrington streets, announces Command.

Engine 9 still has a supply line across the tracks on West Street.

Fri

00:39ish

Command asks Bat 5 about status of Dawson Street, can it be opened.

Bat 5 replies that east side (Div D) operations still have a line across Dawson Street, and cannot remove until the fire is under control in the League of Municipalities building.

Fri

01:10

Metropolitan Apartments fire under control.

Command to HQ, “Harrington Street fire is under control. We’re in overhaul procedures now.”

Fri

01:22

E15 clears.

 

Fri

01:27

E26 clears.

 

Fri

01:28

L4 clears.

 

Fri

01:44

E2 clears.

 

Fri

01:50

E5 clears.

 

Fri

02:03

E11 clears.

 

Fri

02:10

Squad 7 clears.

 

Fri

02:16

E27 clears.

 

Fri

02:20

R1 clears.

 

Fri

02:29

E12 clears.

 

Fri

02:37

Squad 14 clears.

 

Fri

02:51

Car 420 clears.

 

Fri

02:58

E20 clears.

 

Fri

Before 03:00

L210 dispatched.

 

Fri

03:00

L210 arrives.

Reserve apparatus staffed with callback personnel.

Fri

03:14

E6 clears.

 

Fri

03:14

E9 clears.

 

Fri

Around 03:29

A2 dispatched

Second mobile air unit, relieving first unit.

Fri

03:50

E8 clears.

 

Fri

03:56

Bat 2 clears.

 

Fri

04:00

Car2 clears.

 

Fri

04:08

A1 clears.

 

Fri

04:09

E1 clears.

 

Fri

Before 04:24

E221 dispatched.

 

Fri

04:24

E221 arrives.

Reserve engine staffed with callback personnel. Relieves L8 personnel.

Fri

04:40

L2 clears.

 

Fri

04:44

Car 401 clears.

 

Fri

04:45

Car 20 clears.

 

Fri

04:52

A2 clears.

 

Fri

04:52

Bat 3 clears.

 

Fri

04:52

E3 clears.

 

Fri

04:52

E13 clears.

 

Fri

04:52

E221 clears.

 

Fri

04:52

L8 clears.

 

Fri

~04:52

Dispatch for structure fire at 214 N. Harrington.

Need details. Was there anything to this call?

Fri

04:53

L3 clears.

 

Fri

04:53

L7 clears.

 

Fri

~05:00

Bat 4 arrives.

 

Fri

06:30

Car 2 arrives EOC.

 

Fri

06:54

Dispatch for structure fire for 2804 Barwell Road.

E12, E21, E10, E11, L8, L2, R1, Bat 2, Bat 5. Arriving units find a working fire.

Fri

~06:55

E5 move-up to Sta 12.

 

Fri

~06:58

Working fire dispatch for 2804 Baawell Road.

 C20, C401, A1.

Fri

07:30, by this time

Car 5 (Hocutt) returns to scene.

Assists with coordination of removal of glass from Quorum Center, conducted during day.

Fri

07:55

Bat 4 clears.

Relieved by "C" shift counterpart.

Fri

08:00, by this time

 

L7, L9 are flowing water onto fire building. E3 at Jones and West, connected to hydrant. Bat 3 at Jones and Dawson, in parking lot of church youth center. Location for command and media.

Fri

Morning

OFM contacts city building inspectors, request to meet at site.

·       0800 – Office of Fire Marshal (OFM) via Car 4 (Fire Marshal) contacts city Chief Building Inspector, requests meeting at scene at 09:00, to begin evaluation of surrounding buildings for structural integrity.

·       0900 – Car 4, Chief Building Inspector (and others?) meet. Create teams to begin evaluating surrounding buildings. How many teams? Each team has a member from each trade: building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and fire.

·       Team begins evaluating surrounding buildings.

Fri

Morning

Asst. Fire Marshal arrives EOC, to answer OFM related questions.

Phone number is published, for people affected by the fire.

Fri

Morning

Raleigh ATF agent arrives.

 

Fri

Morning

Fire investigation team meets

·       Capt. Gaster

·       Raleigh PD detective

·       Raleigh ATF agent

Fri

After 09:00

 

Legeros observes:

·       L7, L9 with aerial streams onto Metropolitan site.

·       E3 at Jones and West, connected to hydrant.

·       B3 at Jones and Dawson, SW corner, parking lot of youth center.

·       Car 420, OFM Asst. Fire Marshal x 2 on scene.

·       City inspectors on scene.

·       EMS 1, EMS 11 at scene.

·       Media on Jones Street at Dawson, SW corner, parking lot of youth center.

Fri

09:30

L210 clears.

 

Fri

13:00

Fire investigation team meets with city officials, including Fire Chief, Police Chief, and City Manager.

They discuss the investigation, the scope of the incident, and decide to request a response from the ATF National Response Team, to provide additional resources.

Fri

Afternoon

Building survey teams meet with owners of each building, to review findings and assist with developing plans to reoccupy each structure.

 

Fri

After 16:00

 

Legeros observes:

·       E4, E5, E11, E16, E19, L3, L4, L129, B2, C20, C420, Safety Officer, Car 5, Asst. Fire Marshals x3 on scene

·       Command post, media area same as morning, Jones at Dawson, SW corner, youth center parking lot.

·       No more aerial streams into Metropolitan site.

·       E3 at Jones and West, connected to hydrant.

·       EMS 34, EMS 8 on scene.

·       Investigators on scene: RFD, SBI, ATF.

·       FFs have been breaking/clearing remaining window glass from front of Quorum Center.

·       Panels of wooden have been used during the day, on the ground, to cover the hose from any glass fragments.

·       Construction crews removing segments of construction crane from Harrington Street building roof.

Sat

0800

Tent operations begin.

R1, L3 deploy a mobile shelter from Task Force 4 cache, for housing canteen services at command post, for crews on scene.

Sat

0800-1300

First shift of companies assigned to scene, until 13:00.

Lunch provided. Several engines providing manpower, plus Bat 3 in command.

Sat

 

Firefighters assist residents with removing belongs from the Quorum Center and Links Apartments.

One firefighter escorts each resident, or pair of residents, into their building. Though the Quorum has power, the Link has no lights nor elevator service.

Residents are shuttled to their buildings from the Municipal Building, via fire department passenger van. They wait at staging areas at each building.

Sat

After 10:00

 

Legeros observes:

·       Three engines staged at Harrington/Edenton.

·       Six engines staged on West south of Jones.

·       EMS 1 on scene.

·       RFD escorting residents with one FF per resident or pair of residents to their unit, to retrieve property.

·       Utility crews replacing broken power lines on Harrington at Jones.

·       Public works clearing broken glass on Jones at Harrington.

Sat

13:00-17:00

Second shift of companies begins operations.

·       Planned: E2, E6, E20, E22, E26, E29, B3

·       Tac 25

·       Report to command post, Harrington and Jones.

Sat

15:00 about

First ATF national response team members begin arriving.

·       Commercial bus deployed, mobile HQ.

·       From Washington, DC.

Sat

17:00

Investigation team conducts afternoon daily briefing.

 

Sat

After 17:00

 

Legeros observes:

·       RFD recruits leaving scene, nine or so. Transported by RFD bus.

·       C1 also on scene.

·       Public works street sweeper, cleaning remaining debris at Jones and Harrington.

·       Remaining fire units leave scene by/after 6:00 p.m.

Sat

17:00 until ????

Third and last shift of operations begins operations.

·       Planned: E4, E8, E10, E11, E16, E24, B4

·       Dinner provided.

·       Tac 25

·       Report to command post, Harrington and Jones.

·       Was this third shift utilized?

Sun

After 08:00

Firefighters assist residents with removing belongings from the Quorum Center and Links Apartments. Residents are shuttled from the Municipal Building, via fire department passenger van.

 

Sun

Need time

ATF equipment truck arrives from Charlotte.

 

Sun

Need time

EOC deactivated

 

Sun

17:00

Investigation team conducts briefing of all local/state/federal investigators at Station 1

By that time, about 90 percent of the national response team has arrived.

Next Week

 

City Public Affairs office takes over as point of contact for all fire department questions and inquiries.

 

 

 

Fire investigation team conducts work, both on- and off-site.

Daylight operations only. Each day begins with 0800 hours meeting and briefing of their team. Each day ends with a second meeting and briefing at  17:00 hours. They utilize an office in the Dillon Building on West Martin Street, across the hall from Fire Administration offices.

Mon
3/20

 

 

08:00 – Investigation team holds morning briefing.

17:00 - Investigation team holds afternoon briefing.

Tues
3/21

 

 

08:00 – Investigation team holds morning briefing.

17:00 - Investigation team holds afternoon briefing.

Weds
3/22

 

 

08:00 – Investigation team holds morning briefing.

17:00 - Investigation team holds afternoon briefing.

Thur
3/23

 

 

08:00 – Investigation team holds morning briefing.

17:00 - Investigation team holds afternoon briefing.

Fri
3/24

 

 

08:00 – Investigation team holds morning briefing.

17:00 – ATF demobilizes

Sat
3/25

 

 

 

Etc.

 

 

 

 

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