Companies were dispatched for the house fire and as they were responding communications reported that 3 people went back inside and were downstairs. Engine Company 26 acknowledged and reported a column of smoke in that area. Battalion Chief 3 arrived to a 2 story single family dwelling with fire showing from the B quadrant (bravo/charlie corner). Engine 26 reported heavy fire showing from the 1st and 2nd floor from the rear and began to advance their line in. The occupants reported everyone to be out of the house. Command (BC 3) requested an additional special service (truck or rescue squad) to be RIT (Rapid Intervention Team). About 15 minutes in command requested the Fire Task Force (2 engines and 1 truck or rescue squad) followed by the evacuation tones due to fire still showing from the 1st and 2nd floor. Once crews backed out and applied water from the exterior, command allowed them to go back in to get to the seat of the fire. With crews needing to be changed out, command requested the 2nd alarm to be filled out about 25 minutes in. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 40 minutes. 3 firefighters received burns and were transported to the hospital. 1 was transported as a priority 2, the other two were transported as priority 3's and they are all doing well. The fire was brought under control in an hour and the Red Cross is assisting the residents.
Photos courtesy of Ed Lehan