During the height of the rain storm on Sunday evening, Box 521 was struck for a dwelling fire with the report of a lightning strike and flames through the roof. Engine Capt 591 arrived on scene to confirm a working attic fire in a 1 1/2 story lightweight wood-frame quadriplex. Engine 512 layed in, forced entry, and stretched an 1 3/4 line to the second floor. Crews experienced heavy smoke and it was evident that the fire had spread throughout the majority of the attic. After confirming there were no occupants inside the structure, Command initiated a tactical withdrawal and defensive operations. Two elevated master streams went into service as multiple hand lines were stretched into the 3 exposures. The fire was knocked down and the interior exposure crews, with help from the built in fire separations, kept it from spreading to the exposures. The box was placed available a while later. During the fire, Company 5 was dispatched to an additional 7 calls as a result of the storm. We would like to thank all of our mutual aid companies for the assistance!
As crews were drying off and cleaning equipment, box 521 was struck again about an hour after the initial box was placed in service when the fire rekindled. Engines 512 and 514 responded back to the scene to extinguish it. Photos of the second response are now posted on page 3.