Four large steel rollup doors were located along the connecting wall of the Bside exposure, all of which could allow fire spread to the connected warehouse. Engines 23 and 24 were assigned to interior operations of the B-side exposure. These crews advanced three 2 -inch lines and two 1 -inch lines into the interior of the connected warehouse. Engine 32 was positioned on side A and supplied by a 200foot, five-inch line.
INCIDENT REPORT >>> By JAY K. BRADISH On The Job FLORIDA Multi-Alarm Fire Destroys Polk County Warehouse Auburndale Engine 2 supplies the building’s fire department Photos by Terry Hancock connection. O ON THE JOB n Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, a multiple-alarm fire destroyed a FLORIDA 97,440-square-foot warehouse at the Central Florida Business Park in Polk County, FL. The one-story structure was built in 1974 of Type I construction with a metal roof on metal trusses and was equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. The warehouse was used for manu- facturing and storing cardboard boxes for the vegetable-, poultry- and fish-pack- Florida ing industry. The facility also contained a wax-cascading operation for coating Polk County cardboard boxes. A fire wall separated it from a connected 300,000-square-foot POLK COUNTY warehouse of the same type of construction (exposure B). A total of 11 buildings FIRE RESCUE Chief: David Cash were in the business park. Personnel: 241 career firefighters, 94 volunteer firefighters Polk County Fire Rescue was dispatched for an automatic fire alarm at the Packag- ing Corporation of America warehouse at 5300 Recker Highway at 5:28 P.M. Engine Number of Stations: 28 15, a 1,250-gpm pumper, and Ladder 13, a 50-foot TeleSqurt with a 1,250-gpm pump, Apparatus: 30 pumpers, four aerials, responded under the command of Battalion Chief Joe Stewart. Auburndale Engine 3, 21 tankers, 22 brush trucks, two a 1,500-gpm pumper, responded on automatic mutual aid. maintenance vehicles, 35 staff Upon arrival, Lieutenant Ed Taylor on Engine 15 reported heavy smoke showing vehicles, seven reserve pumpers, one from all openings in the structure with heavy fire visible in the center of the build-
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