UPDATE #1: APARTMENT FIRE DISPLACES 29 TENANTS
This update provided by the Fire-APIO on 4/03/19 at 4:00pm. Per Fire Investigators, this fire appears to be accidental. It originated in the party wall between two ground floor apartments. Fire Investigators are unable to rule out an electrical source as the cause of the fire.
APARTMENT FIRE DISPLACES 29 TENANTS
6400 block of Bebout Drive NW, Norcross
(Lawrenceville, Ga., April 2, 2019) – On Monday, April 1, 2019, at 4:29pm, firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the 6400 block of Bebout Drive NW in unincorporated Norcross. The caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing flames on the roof.
Crews arrived to find smoke showing at a split-level, multifamily residence. Per the Incident Commander, while positive water was being obtained, firefighters deployed two attack hose lines and made entry into the breezeway to start fighting the fire. The blaze quickly grew in size and intensity, creating hazardous working conditions for the interior crews so they backed out of the structure. The aerial ladder was put into operation and the battle continued from the exterior. During aerial operations, crews rapidly began losing pressure on the hose that was supplying water from the hydrant. Fire personnel traced this loss of pressure back to a water main break at the top of the complex. The command decision was made to relay water from one of the fire engines to the ladder truck that was flowing water. A second fire engine was strategically positioned to relay water to the first fire engine if and when that unit ran out of water to relay. Assistance from the Fire Department’s Water Tender Tanker Truck was requested. As all of this took place, a third fire engine was repositioned to a neighboring apartment complex in search of a hydrant. A hydrant was located, approximately 500-1000 feet of large diameter hose was carried from this neighboring complex to the ladder truck, and water was obtained. Once positive water was reestablished, firefighters were able to use attack lines on opposite ends of the building while aerial operations concentrated their attack on the center of the building to extinguish the fire.
Fire Investigators are actively working to determine the cause of the fire and its point of origin. Twenty units (the entire building) were impacted by the fire. Per property management, their records show that 29 tenants (24 adults and 5 children) have been displaced. The management company worked with American Red Cross to make arrangements for these individuals. The primary and secondary searches conducted by firefighters did not reveal any injuries or victims. Fire personnel also successfully completed their rehab without any reported injuries.
EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDED: 5-Engines, 2-Trucks, 1-Squad, 1-Water Tender, 1-Hazmat, 2-Medical Units, 2-Battalion Chiefs, 1-District Commander, 1-Fire Investigator, and 1-PIO.