Two Alarms on Dansey Drive This Morning

Note: This posting incorporates information from this narrative posted by Wake New Hope Fire Department. 

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Two alarms were struck this morning at 4713 Dansey Drive. The reported structure fire was dispatched at 7:55 a.m. for Engines 19, 15, 27, 11, Ladders 2, 5, Rescue 1, Battalions 1 and 5, and New Hope Engine 1, as automatic aid for closest engine. Headquarters advised that callers reported a fire on a back deck.

While en route, New Hope Engine 1 upgraded to a working fire. They arrived at 7:59 a.m. and reported heavy fire and smoke from the rear of a two-story, garden-style apartment building with 6,514 square-feet. Built 1983, say tax records.

Engine 1 crew stretched a 1.75-inch hand line into the structure, and started an interior attack. Engine 19 then arrived, secured a water supply, and began assisting the interior crews with fire attack. Battalion 1 arrived, assumed command, and requested a second alarm. Dansey Drive and New Hope Road were designated at staging area.

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With multiple reports of people still inside the building, Rescue 1 was assigned search and rescue, and to assist with evacuating any residents. Also by this time, Wake County EMS requested a second alarm, to bring additional EMS resources to the scene.

At 8:10 a.m., all firefighters were ordered out of the second story, and soon out of the entire structure. Evacuation tones were sounded and a Personal Accountability Report (PAR) was conducted.

By this time, Ladder 5 was ready for aerial operations, positioned in front of the structure and with a supply line from Engine 27. The aerial stream was used for several minutes, to knock down heavy fire in the attic. A ground monitor, also supplied by Engine 27, was also used for exterior fire attack.

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After the bulk of the fire had been extinguished, crews went back inside the structure to extinguish hot spots. The fire was placed under control at 8:42 a.m. 

No injuries were reported. Four of the eight apartment units were damaged. Five people were displaced. The cause was determined as accidental.

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Run card:

  • First alarm: NHFD E1, RFD E19, E15, E27, E11, L2, L5, R1, B1, B5.
  • Working fire: C20, A2, C402
  • Second alarm: E21, E22, E28, L1, L4, A1.
  • EMS first alarm: EMS 3.
  • EMS working fire: EMS 15, D3.
  • EMS second alarm: EMS 19, EMS 6, EMS 4, EMS 63, D1, D9, M95, M96, T1.

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