09/03/2013, 2000 hrs.
4700 block of State Highway Y
L1, BC1 and C1 responded to a Mutual Aid request from the Fruitland Fire Protection District for a fire at the Missouri Plastics Recycling Plant. Cape County received a report of a fire at the plant and dispatched multiple County Fire Districts as part of the automatic mutual aid response. First arriving units found the 100,000 square foot metal building, storing a large quantity of plastic materials in various forms, approximately 50% involved. Additional mutual aid was requested, including ladder trucks from Cape Girardeau and Jackson, and water tankers from all County Fire Districts. The County departments established a very effective water shuttle, supplying water for multiple master streams. However, the fast moving fire through the open structure, fed by a significant fire load, resulted in a total loss of the structure, despite the best efforts of responding agencies. L1’s crew positioned and repositioned the truck three times as they had to knock down significant fire on the B-side of the building before being able to work their way around to the rear of the building.
07/15/2013, 1336 hrs.
800 Block of North Henderson
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E3, E1, R4, E2, L1, and BC2 and C2 responded to a Box Alarm for a report of a structure fire at Dempster Hall, which houses Southeast Missouri State University’s School of Business and Glenn Auditorium. A column of black smoke was visible to all responding apparatus. Upon arrival, flames were visible from the roof of the building and the incident was immediately upgraded to a second alarm. Further size-up revealed that crews were actually dealing with a roof fire. Work crews were installing a new membrane roof over the existing metal deck, when the insulation and rubber membrane caught fire. While assuring all workers were accounted for, crews stretched a 5” supply line and utilized the elevated master stream from L1 to quickly control the fire. The spectacular looking flames were knocked down within ten minutes after the arrival of the Fire Department. Overhaul operations took over an hour, with multiple crews rotating on the roof due to the heat and humidity of the July afternoon. The President of the University sent a letter of appreciation to the Fire Chief, City Manager, and Mayor in which he stated, “It was truly impressive to observe the expertise of our city’s firefighters…Their handling of the of the layout of the building and the location of the fire, deployment of hoses and ladders, and dousing of the flames in record time were a testament to the professionalism and expertise of the Fire Department.”
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07/01/2013, 0317 hrs.
1000 Block of South Sprigg
E1, E2, E3, R4, L1, BC3 and C1 responded to a Box Alarm for a reported house fire. Upon arrival, crews reported a one-and-a-half story wood frame dwelling about 50% involved in fire, with heavy fire showing from sides B, C, and D, and dense, high-velocity smoke pushing from the eaves. E1 and E3 initiated an aggressive interior attack through the front and side door, but could not push in to the seat of the fire. L1’s crew vented the roof from their aerial ladder, immediately relieving interior conditions as smoke and fire vented through their opening. Crews then began making headway on the fire and E2’s crew advanced a hose line over the porch roof and into the upper floor. It took the coordinated use of four hose lines and placement of a second ventilation hole in the roof, before crews finally controlled the fire after more than 30 minutes, and overhaul was extensive. The back half of the house was completely destroyed including the interior stairwell and roof structure. Crews from Jackson and Scott City back-filled the stations, covering the City for the duration of the incident. The cause of the fire was determined to be suspicious.