2 Alarm structure fire in STVFD first due

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26-Jan 19:43
Residential Structure Fire
E85, TO88, E2, E82, E121, E41, E1, SQ135, TK1, HM47

Saturday January 26th began pretty quietly for D crew. Company training was set up around the station for probationary firefighter testing. E85 ran a dumpster fire around noon and a few medical calls and an alarm activation were scattered throughout the afternoon between training scenarios. That all changed very quickly as the evening began. At 1937 hours the tones dropped for a structure fire on Woodlake Drive in the Four Seasons subdivision. The report included information that there was a possible entrapment in the structure. Engine 85 and Tower 88 arrived on scene 5 minutes after dispatch and struck a 2nd alarm after reporting heavy fire showing from the end unit in a row of town homes. As the tower crew made their way down to the structure, E85 laid a 4" supply from a nearby hydrant. The tower crew arrived at the front of the structure with fire showing through both 2nd floor windows. They forced the front door and were met with heavy fire in the first floor as well. E85 pulled two 2" attack lines and began flowing water into the fully involved structure. Unfortunately given the heavy level of involvement the crews were unable to make entry to search for the reported victim. They evacuated the occupants of the Bravo exposure and began protecting that exposure. As additional units arrived more attack lines from TO88 were placed in service as the tower received a water supply from E2. Crews were faced with a town home that was fully involved with very heavy fire loading and a collapse of the attic into the second floor and a partial collapse of the second floor into the first. A lengthy recovery and investigation process kept crews on the scene well into Sunday morning. E85 and TO88 cleared from the scene at 0419 hours.

Seminole Trail would like to thank the assisting companies for all their help on this unfortunate fire. They are:

  • Charlottesville Fire Dept.
  • Hollymead Fire/Rescue (Albemarle County Fire/Rescue)
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad
  • Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company
  • Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company

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