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									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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