Comparing Charlotte’s SouthPark and Raleigh’s Metropolitan Fires

Let’s comparing and contrasting Charlotte’s SouthPark fire (May 2023) and Raleigh’s Metropolitan fire (March 2017). See our prior posting about the Charlotte fire

  Charlotte SouthPark Fire
May 18, 2023
7740 Liberty Row Drive
Five alarms
Raleigh Metropolitan Fire
March 16, 2017
400 W. North Street
Five alarms
Building Apartments under construction
Seven stories, ~250,000 s.f.
Includes lower-level parking deck
Occupied by ~100 workers 
Apartments under construction
Five stories, 275,000 s.f.
Weather 66 degrees, winds 14-16 mph from ENE  s 35 degrees, clear skies, calm winds  
Arrival Conditions Smoke showing from lower-level parking deck Heavy fire showing from front of structure on multiple floors
Times 9:04 a.m. (first)
9:10 a.m. (second)
9:20 a.m. (third)
9:31 a.m. (fourth) (automatic for mayday)
9:56 a.m. (fifth)
TBD control time
10:03 p.m. (first)
10:06 p.m. (second)
10:08 p.m. (third)
10:11 p.m. (fourth)
11:32 p.m. (fifth)
1:10 a.m. control time
Streams   Seven aerial streams
__ portable monitors 
Four aerials streams
Five portable monitors
Hydrants __ hydrants 10 hydrants
Units / Personnel 20 engines
10 aerials
2 rescues
2 haz-mat
6 BCs
90+ FFs
24 engines
7 aerials
1 rescue
5 BCs
~130 FFs
Tower Crane Tower crane remained intact
Operator rescued 
Tower crane collapse
Injuries / Fatalities 15 workers rescued
Two workers killed
Mayday for two crews of firefighters, not injured
5 people treated for smoke inhalation
One firefighter injured by falling glass
Exposures Occupied exposures included Hilton Canopy. Damage to exterior.

Roof fires on nearby buildings included Park South Drive, managed as
separate incident, with separate run card.

513,761 square-feet of four primary exposures, including two occupied high-rises, Link Apartments and Quorum Center. Both managed as separate incidents but using same run card. Displaced 257+ residents. Exterior and interior damage to both buildings.

Plus fires on other exposures.

Loss / Cause Caused by vehicle fire in parking deck, ignition cause under
$50-51 million project cost
$62.5 million loss, per NFPA
Sixth largest fire loss in 2017Cause undermined.
Mutual Aid Coverage From 10+ departments, including one from South
From 15 departments.
Medical Resources TBD 12 EMS ambulances
5 district chiefs
1 advance practice paramedic unit
1 major incident support unit
1 ambulance bus.

~32 medics


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