Posted October 18, 2013 EST
Duplex Fire In Nash County
(North Carolina) -
Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Oct 13, 2013. Nash County NC 911 Center recieved calls for an apartment fire. Fire Departments from Whitakers, Battleboro, and Salem were dispatched to 806-08 Edgecombe Street in the Whitakers section of Nash County. Companies were updated that they were responding to a dryer fire and the residents reported that smoke and flames were showing.
The first in pumper from Whitakers arrived and reported that they had smoke showing from a one story duplex apartment building and were going into service with a 1 3/4 inch line. Battleboro fire department was second on location an dropped a 5 inch supply line on the way in. Battleboro fire crews supplied a second 1 3/4 inch line to back up Whitakers. Firefighters had heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear section of the apartment which stored the laundry room and appliances. The fire had spread into the walls and the ceiling and was working its way to the roof.
Whitakers crew had the bulk of the fire knocked down while Battleboro's crew went into the rear bedroom to open the ceiling checking for extension. Fire fighters opened the roof up and were met with heavy smoke and fire conditions. As third line was stretched by Battleboro and Salem fire companies and taken into the adjoining apartment, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the rear of the first apartment. The fire was placed Under Control in about 30 minutes.
Fire crews remained on the scene overhauling for a few hours checking for hot spots and assisting the fire victims. The Red Cross was called to help out the victims and a total of 35 firefighters and Nash County EMS were on the scene. No reported of injuries. According to Whitakers Fire Chief Mutzabaugh the fire did start in the dryer and extended into the walls before the occupants noticed the fire. One apartment received fire, smoke and water damage and the adjoining apartment received smoke damage.
Written and photos by Bob Bartosz