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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Vehicle Rollover With Entrapment Injures 4 on I-485

On May 26, at 6:02 p.m., Engine 26 and Ladder 26 were dispatched to a traffic collision on I-485 near Arrowood Road. While enroute, CFD Communications upgraded the assignment for an entrapment adding Battalion 5, Engine 38, Rescue 10 and Engine 30. Three units from Steele Creek Fire-Rescue were also dispatched since this area borders the city and county response areas.

E-26 was first to arrive at 6:06 p.m., established Command, and reported a single vehicle overturned in the middle of the inner loop of I-485 with entrapment. Command then directed a rescue and patient care operation using the assets from E-26, L-26, E-38 and Car 23. Soon, he was joined with resources from Medic and Steele Creek. Upon arrival, Battalion 5 was briefed and assumed command. By this time the inner loop of I-485 was closed and under the control of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. A landing zone was established for Med-Center Air by E-30 and Steele Creek assets. When Med-Center Air made their final approach, the outer loop was closed by the North Carolina Incident Management Program (IMAP) assets.

One 9 Y/O girl had been ejected from an SUV and was the most seriously injured; she was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center-Main. The other injured occupants were an 8 Y/O boy, who had also been partially ejected along with an adult male and adult female. The adult female was entrapped and was subsequently freed by the members of E-26, E-38, and L-26 at 6:17 p.m. These three survivors were transported by ground via Medic units.

The outer loop of I-485 was reopened once the LZ was clear. Eventually, Command was transferred to the North Carolina Highway Patrol and E-26 remained on-scene to assist them with fluid control once the vehicle was removed from the scene. The total time that the inner loop of I-485 was closed was a little over one hour.

2nd Alarm Apartment Fire Displaces 4 Families

On May 20th at 4:39 p.m. Fire Communications received multiple calls reporting an apartment on fire at 4027 Wynbrook Way. Engine 22 reported heavy smoke showing while enroute. E22 arrived at 4:42 p.m. and reported heavy fire conditions on the second floor and the attic. The officer of E22 established command and transmitted a second alarm at 4:43 p.m. The initial attack line was placed to protect the stairwell and was advanced into the fire apartment for a quick knockdown of fire in the area of origin. Occupants had left front and rear doors open during their escape, enabling the fire to spread up the exterior siding, through the soffit and into the attic. Engine 11 executed a reversed lay to the hydrant from E22 and assisted E22 with the fire attack in the attic. Engine 7 and Engine 18 were assigned to search the apartments; Fire Communications notified command that they had received reports of children trapped in this occupancy. Primary and secondary searches were completed with negative results. All occupants had self-evacuated prior to our arrival. Ladder 18 was given the assignment to ladder the building via the aerial and open the roof. Battalion 2 assumed command and assigned the officer of E22 to Division 2. Battalion 1 arrived and was assigned Division C. After an aggressive firefight a control time was given at 5:03 p.m. Fire Investigators concluded that the fire was the result of food left cooking unattended in the apartment of origin. It was not possible to determine if a detector was present and operated. Four units of the structure are uninhabitable. The Red Cross along with the property manager were working to provide temporary housing for the four families who displaced as the result of this blaze. The remaining four units were protected by a fire wall and are habitable. Damages are estimated to be around $200,000.

Flash Flooding Leads To Multiple Water Rescues

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening on May 5th, the Charlotte Mecklenburg area experienced torrential rainfall that produced multiple flash floods. During this period the Charlotte Fire Department Communications Center received multiple calls for service related to flash flood events. Charlotte Firefighters responded to approximately 193 incidents between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m; approximately 70 of those incidents were directly attributed to flooding. Utilizing swift water rescue equipment and rescue boats, approximately 100 firefighters engaged in at least 50 water rescues involving persons trapped in vehicles and structures. A contributing factor for the amount of water rescues from vehicles was the time of day in which the peak of the storm reached the area. Many of the rescues from vehicles involved motorists commuting during rush hour. Multiple structures were damaged by flood waters and numerous residents were displaced; there are no injuries to report. The Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at East Mecklenburg High School that was operational by 9 p.m.

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