03/05/11 343 W, 2 I - + 7 - 6 Yesterday's Gas Station Fire / Peace Street

Two alarms worth of apparatus responded to yesterday's gas station fire, after an automobile collided with a gas pump and occupied SUV parked at the pump, at the corner of St. Mary's and Peace streets. The vehicles caught fire, their passengers safely escaped, and both were fully-involved upon the arrival of the first units. The call was dispatched twice, first as a structure fire at Glenwood Avenue and Peace Street. The second structure fire was dispatched at the correct address.

Engine 5 reported smoke showing en route and was first on scene. Three hand lines used from Engine 5, with Engine 13 providing water supply. Foam was applied to extinguish the fire. Haz-mat units responded to contain the runoff of gasoline from the scene. Police closed Peace Street. Command was located across Peace Street, in a parking lot. Officials at nearby Broughton High School, on the opposite corner of the intersection, evacuated the school for a period time, presumably fearing an explosion due to the fire. (How many such ka-booms have readers seen their day?)

Dispatched at 2:22 p.m., the fire was controlled at 2:51 p.m. Crews remained on scene a couple hours. Dispatched to the first call: E5, E6, E9, L2, R2, B3. Dispatched to the second call: E1, E13, E3, L7 (cancelled), B2. Working fire: E7 (cancelled), A1, C10, C20, C40. Special called: HM1, SR1, SR2. Medical: EMS 1, EMS 4, EMS 7, D2, D1, T1, Chief 200. Corrections welcome on the units!

Lee Wilson was quickly on scene. Here's one of his shots, as we await his posting of photos. Click to enlarge:

Lee Wilson photo

Quite a bit of media coverage resulted, including news helicopters overhead early into the incident. See these stories and photos from the News & Observer, WTVD, and WRAL, for starters. Cause reported as determined as an object hanging from the first vehicle's rear-view mirror became tangled in the steering wheel, and the driver was unable to steer and subsequently collided with the gas pump and the unlucky second vehicle.

WTVD photo

Units corrected, details updated a bit.

Photos from Lee posted, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leewilson/s..
Legeros - 03/06/11 - 07:38

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