Truck Company

HIGH-RISE FIRE

Issue 4 and Volume 149.

HIGH-RISE FIRE BY BOB PRESSLER A cold February morning was the setting for a spectacular four-alarm high-rise fire in the Bronx, New York. The fire ripped through a 13th-floor apartment of the 22-story fire-resistive apartment house. Strong gusting winds complicated the interior suppression operation. First-arriving companies were met with a heavy smoke condition in the public hallway on the fire floor. While the first handline was being stretched off the standpipe on the floor below the fire, the truck company began to search the public hallway to verify which was the actual fire apartment. At the end of the hallway, the truck company found heavy black smoke pushing around the door to the fire apartment. While forcing this locked door, the adjoining apartment door was opened by its occupant. The civilian was told to stay in his apartment because of the smoke condition in the public hallway and the fact…

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