Fire Destroys Landmark Texas Furniture Warehouse

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					  INCIDENT REPORT                                          >>>
  By TOM McDONALD




                  Fire Destroys Landmark


The burning warehouse was sepa-
rated from the showroom by only a
covered walkway, the entry to which
on the south end of the complex is
this pedestrian door on the left.




F
               ire swept through a 200-by-300-foot sprinklered metal warehouse, destroying millions of dollars’ worth of boxed
               furniture and challenging Houston, TX, firefighters to protect the company’s adjoining 100,000-square-foot build-
               ing housing its showroom, offices and a smaller warehouse.


     Gallery Furniture reported the fire just              Gallery Furniture Fire
after 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
The Houston Fire Department (HFD)
                                                               Houston, TX                                                          Wind
sent a routine “heavy box,” a first-alarm                         5-21-09                                                           7 mph
assignment of four engines, two ladder                                                                 North
companies, two district chiefs, a safety of-
                                                                                                                                                   Werner Street

                                                                                 Rosamond Street                             Gate CP
ficer and several EMS units to the scene at
6006 North Freeway (Interstate 45 North)
between Tidwell and Parker roads, about
seven miles north of downtown.                                                                                              T-6
                                                                                                                                        E-58
Initial Operations                                                                                              2 1/2                              Gate
    Engine 58 was the first to arrive from                                                          Showroom
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                                                                                                                        Monitor
quarters, about two-thirds of a mile away,                                                                                                  L-31
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reporting heavy fire at the northeast cor-
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ner of the warehouse. A light northeast-                                                               E-6
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erly breeze kept smoke away from the
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apparatus, yet pushed it deeper into the                                                               E-4
warehouse. The incident commander,                                                                                                                             solvent
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                                                                                                                          Monitor
District 31 Chief Thomas Ponce, estab-
lished his command post on Rosamond                        = Hydrant                 Entry (main)                  E-11
                                                                                                                                                                           Marianne McIntyre




Street (the A side) at the north end of the
                                                                                                                          L-74
                                                               = Fire
                                                                                                    New Haven
 TOM McDONALD is a retired Houston, TX, Fire Depart-
 ment senior captain and current captain with the South-
 side Place, TX, Volunteer Fire Department.

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Description: In less than a generation, [Jim "Mattress Mack" Maclngvale] became one of the city's wealthiest residents. Me became a populist philanthropist, too, supporting myriad charities but also donating furniture directly to needy citizens at Christmas. A unique combination of showman, salesman and benefactor, Maclngvale often wears a cowboy hat and annually bids on the prized steer at Houston's charitable Livestock Show & Rodeo.
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