Cover Story: Four Alarms In the Bronx

BRONX, NY, OCT. 27, 2013 – A late-afternoon, four-alarm fire involved a total of five buildings in the Norwood section of the Bronx. A heavy volume of fire and a tremendous black cloud of smoke that was visible for miles set the stage for the first-arriving companies. Engine 79 and Ladder 37, under the command of the 27th Battalion, found heavy fire in an apparently vacant building and extending to two similar wood-frame dwellings. A second alarm was requested almost immediately.

The fire heavily damaged a wall between the fire building and one of the exposures. Firefighters operated six handlines within the first few minutes. Large-caliber streams attacked the fire in the attic of the original fire building. The fire extended to two buildings located in the rear. The third and then fourth alarms were transmitted. Additional engines and trucks were special-called. It took more than three hours for firefighters to place the fire under control.

—Harvey Eisner