3/23/10 - Armadale Lane
RALEIGH - Three alarms at 2806 Armadale Lane, at northeastern edge of city. Dispatched address was two-story, wood-frame, vinyl-sided dwelling. Built 2007 with 3,174 square-feet, and one of seven closely spaced homes on a semicircular block. Buildings used as model homes prior to residences. Dispatched address was second house from west end.

Engine 28 first on scene with three structures on fire. Two fully involved, and third partially involved. Declared major working fire. Limited size-up due to heavy smoke and poor visibility. Engine caught own hydrant, and proceeded to last house on east side of block, the farthest exposure from the burning structures. Crews extended hand lines to middle of the block, to protect the first unburned exposure on the east side.

Battalion 1 assumed command on arrival, and began strategic placement of units for defensive ops. Third alarm requested within minutes. Steady winds also spread flames on ground, which damaged or started fires at the other four houses on the block. Last house on east end suffered extensive damage in rear of structure, from flames spreading on ground.

Six deluge guns operated, either on apparatus or on ground. Three aerial streams deployed. Ladder 5 was first, and caught own hydrant. Water pressure problems encountered and two engines boosted pressure. Eight hydrants utilized. Gas leak detected in original structure, and gas company used excavator to expose and close feeder line to entire block.

Three homes destroyed (one flattened, two gutted), fourth home heavily damaged, and three others damaged. All seven homes declared unsafe to enter. That, the six homes remaining standing. Fifteen adults and five children displaced. No injuries reported, civilian or responder.

Dispatched 7:20 p.m. Controlled about 9:40 p.m. Apparatus from Raleigh and New Hope included 12 engines, 3 ladders, 4 rescues, plus 3 engines and 3 ladders for relief and fire watch. Coverage at Raleigh and New Hope stations included Bay Leaf, Falls, Rolesville, and Wake Forest units.

Investigation started Tuesday morning, with personnel from RFD, Wake County, SBI, and ATF. Scene released by investigators about 1:15 p.m. today. Fire department remaining on scene until Thursday morning. Fire cause to be released Friday.

First alarm: E28, E19, E22, L5, R1, B1. Second alarm: E27, E15, E11, E25, L2, R2, B2, C20, C10, A1. (Includes working fire assignment, not separately dispatched). Third alarm: E21, E7, E9, L1, R3, B4, C1, C2.

Other: HM2, SR2, SR3. New Hope FD: E3, E8, R14, Tanker 10, Brush 7, C1, C3. Other Agencies: WC1, Wake EM, Red Cross, RFD explorers. Medical: EMS66, EMS16, EMS5, D3, D6, M92, T1, C200. Relief/overnight: E10 E24 E26 L3 L7 L6.

Morning: C20, E9, E_, E13, L_, others? "A" shift.
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