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Exposure Protection Prevents Conflagration As New Orleans Fire Destroys Warehouse

Issue 10 and Volume 126.

Exposure Protection Prevents Conflagration As New Orleans Fire Destroys Warehouse Photo by William F. Haber, The Times-Picayune. The immediate use of master streams to protect exposures and their later use for extinguishment prevented a conflagration in New Orleans. The fire in a 57,560-square-foot warehouse went to five alarms and severely damaged three wood frame buildings before it was brought under control. The fire dispatching office of the New Orleans Fire Department received the first telephone alarm at 3:50 a.m. last June 18 for what was reported as a fire in a large empty building at 2500 St. Louis Street. Engines 3 and 26, Hook and Ladder 11 and the 1st District chief responded. The officer on Engine 3, before arriving on the scene, saw flames and immediately radioed for a 1-11 alarm. The 1-11 was sounded at 3:53 a.m., dispatching three additional engine companies. At 3:55 a.m., Engine 3 arrived…

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