01/04/10 101 W, 1 I - + 10 - 8 Four Houses Burn in Cabarrus County

WSCO-TV has posted this arresting image of today's quadruple house fire in Cabarrus County. Same was shot by viewer Rob Pyrock and shows an Odell Fire Department engine operating a master stream on one of two apparently well-involved houses. Seven departments were reportedly on scene. FireNews is also covering the incident, and has posted photos from the scene. More photos are pending. The fires occurred on Bampton Drive in Concord. Two homes were heavily damaged. Two others had less damage. Tax records show the homes sized between 2,800 to 1,900 square-feet.

Rob Pyrock/WSCO-TV photo

I’m honestly surprised no one has commented on this story. From the radio traffic and pics I’ve seen, it sounded like water supply and apparatus placement were two big issues than other depts could learn from.
BFD1151 - 01/06/10 - 13:34

Please proceed with your perspective of what happened…
Commence - 01/06/10 - 14:01

Clearly exposures were not protected. Sacrifice 1 and save the other 3 or go aggressive and risk exactly what happened? Does anyone know what the weather conditions were like…windy?
Begin - 01/06/10 - 15:54

Yes, it was a windy day. According to the Charlotte Observer, the first unit arrived 7 minutes after the initial 911 call. Seven different departments responded (a mix of both Cabarrus and Mecklenburg county departments).
Native Charlottean - 01/06/10 - 18:01

As a disclaimer, I was not there and I’m not trying to arm-chair quarterback but know several FFs who were there and I was monitoring ops on the radio. First off, yes it was windy that morning but nothing over 16mph according to weather underground. First arriving units went into a combination attack, initially having one house (where the fire originated) with 60% involvement and the house next door with 20% involvement. Crews flowed several 2 1/2” lines to protect exposures and a deck gun on the main house. Soon thereafter, someone calls command saying they are out of water (I’m guessing they tried a blitz attack on 2nd house but did not secure a water supply). Later on, a ladder pipe was flowing and in all, 3 hydrants were utilized for the incident. Anyone that is familiar with hydraulics knows this is a big strain on the system but crews were still calling for more pressure. As to apparatus placement, the first arriving ladder blocked any chance of starting a water shuttle and was overshooting the house anyway with the ladder pipe per a fire officer on-scene giving a radio report. I guess the two big things to be learned are think about where you are setting up the ladder, LDH, etc so it doesn’t block others from getting to the scene and know the limitations of your water supply. If someone was there, enlighten me further if something was not described correctly.
BFD1151 - 01/06/10 - 18:28

More details.

Fire started in the back of 8402 Bampton Drive, possibly at a hot tub, and quickly spread through the house. The fire also quickly spread to 8406 Bampton Drive.

From photos, Concord and Huntersville aerials were deployed. CFD in front of 8402 and HFD between 8406 and third building.

Both houses were gutted, and homes on either side suffered damage. Third house had a master bedroom destroyed. Fourth house had heat damage to side.

The homes were about 15 feet apart. They were built in 1997.

Fire was reported at 10:50 a.m. The first unit arrived seven minutes later. Winds gusted up to 15 mph at time of blaze, and relatively humidity levels were extremely low.

Fire departments: Odell, Concord, Harrisburg, Mallard Creek, Huntersville, Cornelius, Kannapolis, Davidson.

Fires were out by 1:00 p.m.

One firefighter suffered steam burns. No other injuries.

Distances to scene from Google :

2.3 – Concord #6
3.5 – Odell
6.4 – Mallard Creek
8.8 – Huntersville
9.2 – Kannapolis #4
11.1 – Davidson
13.5 – Cornelius #1

Photos by Mike Porowski: http://www.flickr.com/photos/firenews/42..


Legeros - 01/06/10 - 21:50

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