03-12-05
Crouch's Garage Fire
Shelton Ave

 

The call cane in as a building fire and the first officer on the scene confirmed a working fire.  Upon arrival, the fire was through the roof, and as the first trucks arrived, hoses were deployed to the front and side.  An interior attack was halted due to the explosion of either propane tanks or acetylene tanks from inside the building.  The roof fell in shortly afterwards and an exterior attack was done.  Units from Troutman Fire, Wayside Fire, Cool Springs Fire, Monticello Fire, Iredell Rescue, and others that I am not sure were dispatched to the scene.  The building was a total loss as well as a couple of vehicles, a boat, a motorcycle and tools.

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Firemen getting to the scene pulling hose as building burns.

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The roof is sagging and flames are being pushed to the north side of the building by a light wind.

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Entry is gained into the office, but the explosion of tanks inside cause fireman to back out.

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Flames leap as the fire gains headway.

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Another view of the side.

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The back of the building was involved as well.

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Fireman puts water to the roof area trying to save the front office area.

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Chief Church getting status reports from other officers as to progress.

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Orange glow in background as fire is masked by the smoke.

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A shot from outside into the office after the roof had collapsed.

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Firemen working outside to gain a point to put water inside.  

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As fire is knocked down, the rafters at the end of the building burn.

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Fireman douse the fire in the roof area from an exterior door.

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The roof coming down brought down one door giving access to the fire.

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Looking inside at one of the vehicles that was crushed by the roof.

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The roof collapsing caused the opposite wall to start to buckle.

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A junior fireman assists in changing the air tanks as firemen change out.

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Looking inside from the interior office door at the remains from where roof collapsed.

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Chad Morrow catching a breather after being inside and on the hose.

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The pumper is being fed by one of the multiple trucks from different departments.

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Troutman tanker pumping water to the pumper as the fire progresses.

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Cool Springs large tanker is ready to move into position to supply water.

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After the initial knockdown of the fire, a older Mercedes coupe was found under the rubble.

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The Fire Marshall is getting his gear ready to attempt to find the cause of the fire.

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