This fire took place recently in Detroit, Michigan, at Dexter & the John C. Lodge service drive, and Dave Traiforos was there to capture some photos of firefighting operations.
The fire was a box alarm response with initially two engines, one ladder, one squad, and one battalion chief. On arrival, considering the fire conditions, the chief called for an extra engine for additional personnel and an extra company for RIT. Mutual aid from Highland Park and Hamtramck were dispatched in addition to an engine company from Detroit. The 2.5-story vacant was well involved on arrival in the rear. Fire quickly spread throughout the structure and extended into a 1.5-story occupied dwelling.
These photos show early operations as companies arrived on the scene. The battalion chief directed companies to aggressively attack the fire but where ordered out of the building when the roof came in. Companies aggressively attempted to save the exposure but were overrun by the fire conditions, taking a defensive posture.
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