06/06/10 118 W, 1 I - + 14 - 7 This Morning's House Fires in Apex

Two houses were destroyed this morning in Apex, the first dispatched about 2:35 a.m. at 1013 Saint Emilion Court. Arriving units found two structures "engulfed in flames," as this WRAL story reports. The homes were located within a block of each other, on Saint Emilion Court and Bexely Hills Bend. One house was a model home, and the other was under construction. Crews controlled the fires in about 45 minutes. The fires are considered suspicious. Officials previously investigated suspicious fires at three homes in nearby neighborhoods off Olive Chapel Road. Those occurred in September, October, and February. We'll add additional incident information from this morning as learned.

Jack Tiger/WRAL photo

All crews worked well on this. We had Apex E-1, E-2, L-3, E-4, L-4, Apex Batt 1, Apex Car 1, Cary Batt 2, Cary E-5 responded after checking on reports of a third house on fire. Cary T-6 was coverage for town. Fairview, Morrisville, Swift Creek were dispatched to the third report but it was the second one that people were seeing through the woods. I am not sure what EMS units were there but i did see District 2, EMS T-1, EMS 41 and I think I saw a Cary unit. I was handling Command Operations while Car 1 was getting EMS units and coverages for town. House 1 was entire defensive with 2 blitz nozzles in immediate operation. House 2 was interior until crew was backed out due to ineffectiveness, fire was already through the roof but they tried, we then put a ladder in place and went defensive. House 1 was left with foundation standing. House 2 was left with floors 1 and 2 there and 3rd floor and roof completely gone.

Thanks to everyone for the good work on this.
Apex Batt Chief - 06/06/10 - 09:43

And yes they are considered suspicious and they were far enough apart that there is no way the second was an exposure. They were about 1000 ft apart
Apex Batt Chief - 06/06/10 - 09:45

Cary E-2 came all the way there, Instead of 3 or 4 or even 7? Wonder why?
JRS - 06/06/10 - 10:29

It should read Cary E-5. Apex E-2 responded after checking on reports of a third house fire. Mike please edit
Apex Batt Chief - 06/06/10 - 11:21

Cary E-2 changed to Apex E-2. Also added photo.
Legeros - 06/06/10 - 14:26

Apex Batt Chief, I was working the county fire console last night. Good stop by the way. I believe that it was EMS 41, 42, 52, 8, Truck1, Dist 5, Dist 2, Medic 91. I will double check tonight and send Mike a message on Facebook at about 1830. You all sounded professional and never once got spun up. I had no idea that there were even two houses on fire until you started actually telling people to go down there and fight that fire. Keep up the good work.
Marcus - 06/06/10 - 16:26

Were they occupied, abandoned or under construction?

I would absolutely hate to think that someones torching occupied structures.
Jake T. - 06/06/10 - 18:28

As noted in the original posting, one was under construction, and one was a model home. The previous ones were either abandoned or under construction, I believe.
Legeros - 06/06/10 - 18:34

Marcus thank you for the comments. Would it be possible to get a recording of the call?
Apex Batt Chief - 06/06/10 - 19:44

As long as the PD isn’t holding any records as evidence we can get you what you need. Call Walt Fuller at 996-5012 and we’ll help you out.
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