Firefighters Battle Portsmouth (VA) Commercial Fire

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Photos and write up courtesy of Chief James “Jim” Hoffler

Firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire at 3210 High St near High and Airline in Portsmouth, Virginia. 

The kitchen area was well-involved with serious fire spread through the common attic.  Adjoining businesses were evacuated and lines moved into place. 

This structure had several roofs on it and the fire had extended into those void spaces. Initial interior attack was shortened when two layers of ceiling dropped on the advancing fire attack crews. 

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They continued to operate from the doorway, and then withdrew to exterior attack. Fire attack was ordered to the roof and it was opened up, peeling the rubber membrane back to find a second, tar and gravel roof underneath with the fire trying to spread laterally. 

Ladder 1 and Ladder 10 completed assignments, aerial waterway was placed in service to extinguish the fire with solid tip and finished it off with 1 3/4-inch lines. 

A textbook fire attack and extinguishment by Battalion Chief Andy Creekmore and “A” shift. They were just recuperating from their two-alarm fire late Tuesday night.

Thanks to Sean Doney for forwarding these shots.

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