Crews Overcome Water Supply Challenges to Control Sanford (FL) Warehouse Fire

Firefighters at the scene of a warehouse fire in Sanford, Florida.


Photos by Norman Reyburn

Incident report by Christopher Douglas

On June 2, 2016, Sanford (FL) Fire Department responded to a warehouse fire. Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames were found on arrival, and the battalion chief called for a second alarm. Crews made an initial interior attack from the Charlie side and then quickly changed to a defensive attack when part of the warehouses structural integrity was compromised; this resulted in a partial roof collapse.

Despite water supply challenges–such as the buildings’ deactivated sprinkler system, a dry hydrant on property, and overgrown brush with heavy smoke reducing the visibility of the next closest hydrants–crews were able to successfully put out the fire safely without further incident.

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