Brooklyn Working: Supermarket Fire in East Flatbush

Four alarms transmitted in the Borough of Fire

Companies in Brooklyn's 38th Battalion battled a basement fire at 405 Remsen Avenue, Box 2303 on Saturday, 15 September. The fire building is a one-story brick taxpayer measuring 150 x 150, housing a supermarket. Exposures 1 and 2 were streets; Exposure 3 a detached private dwelling and Exposure 4 a similar attached structure.

Ladder Company 123 was assigned to the 10-75 as the FAST Truck, along with Rescue Company 2 and Squad Company 252. Battalion 38 reported using all hands and requested an extra engine and tower ladder.

Within 10 minutes the second alarm was transmitted. Division 15 later reported four lines stretched, three in operation, trying to locate the fire and the trucks opening up the first floor. Roughly 20 minutes later all companies were being removed from the fire building and a roll call was taken. Strategy then shifted to an exterior attack. The progress report after the third alarm stated trucks were still opening up and distributor nozzles were in operation. Rescue 2 and an engine company were working to determine if an interior attack would still progress.

The fourth alarm was transmitted for numerous pockets of fire and a heavy smoke condition.Two additonal trucks were special called to staging and two battalion chiefs were special called for relief at the commmand post. Once the fire was darkened down searches were made and had negative results,



Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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