By Dennis Walus
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, at approximately 1315 hours, Highland Park (MI) Engine 2 was dispatched to a reported vacant five-story apartment building on fire.
While en route, Central Office reported multiple calls and reported they were sending a full box alarm assignment. Engine 2 arrived on the scene and reported a working fire and that firefighters were stretching.
Detroit Chief 5 arrived on the scene and assumed incident command and requested two additional engines and chief. Chief 5 then requested a full second alarm. Chief 5 reported a vacant five-tory apartment building with approximately 100 units with fire on the second through fifth floor.
Companies performed interior attack and a second squad was requested to the scene for additional staffing. Senior Chief arrived on scene, took incident command, and requested a third alarm.
Because of heavy fire and conditions of the building, all crews were ordered out of the building and crews set up for defensive operations. Towers were set up on the A, B, and C sides of the building. Companies operated at this scene for several hours to bring this fire under control.
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