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LOUISVILLE STRUCTURE FIRE

Issue 4 and Volume 149.

LOUISVILLE STRUCTURE FIRE BY THOMAS J. SHEEHAN, ASSISTANT CHIEF OF OPERATIONS, LOUISVILLE (KY) FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT On October 8, 1995, at 1215 hours in Louisville, Kentucky, a small fire originating in discarded furniture on the exterior of a shopping center developed into a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed a karate club and heavily damaged other businesses. The first-arriving fire companies–three engine and two truck companies–discovered burning furniture in an alcove in the rear of the complex, directly behind a thrift store. Flames already were impinging on the siding of the second floor, which was occupied by a karate club. While the first-in engine company knocked down the fire on the exterior, the truck company checked for fire extension inside on the second floor. The truck officer reported heavy smoke and heat but no visible fire. Access to the second floor from the rear was limited, and there were no windows…

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