Durham NC firefighters have been busy in the last week running multiple serious calls. Durham has experienced severe weather in the past week including, extremely low temperatures at night (20 degrees), and a severe thunderstorm one night with high winds.


12/14
0708 hours Durham Firefighters were called to a possible house fire. Battalion 2 arrived on scene first advising a heavy involved duplex fire. The fire was quickly contained, and one side of the duplex sustained heavy fire damage. The following units responded:
E-10, E-2, E-5, L-1, L-2, Mobile Support 1, SQ-2, and Btn. 2


12/15
At 2141 hours Durham Firefighters were called for a MVA with entrapment. Upon arrival of fire units, a vehicle was found to be overturned down an embankment. The vehicle had struck a power pole and the driver was pinned. The following units responded on the call:
E-5, E-6 (heavy rescue), Sq-4, and Durham Medic 5.


12/16
Durham Firefighters were called to a structure fire at Willowdaile Theaters. Upon their arrival smoke was noted in the building. The theater had a fire in the concession area that was contained by multiple sprinkler heads. Units remained on scene for over an hour overhauling the concession area. The following units responded:
E-14, E-7, E-2, L-14, L-2, SQ-2, and Btn. 2


12/17
A severe thunderstorm at night with high winds kept the Durham Firefighters busy throughout the night. At 0233 hours Durham 911 began receiving multiple 911 calls for a major working house fire. Upon arrival of E-12 a brand new 2 story wood frame house was found fully involved with fire. Defensive attacks were initiated, and the fire was brought under control after a long battle. Battalion 2 special called 2 additional engines to the scene for manpower. Units remained on the scene for over four hours. The house was completely destroyed. The fire was believed to be started by lightning, and is under investigation. The following units responded on the alarm:
E-12, E-13, E-4, E-5 (special), E-6 (special), L-12, L-1, SQ-4, Mobile Support 1, and Btn. 2.


12/19
At 1230 Durham Firefighters were called for the third working fire in less than five days. E-14 operating their second day out of their new fire station was first due to a working attic fire in a dwelling. Upon their arrival heavy smoke was noted from the gable ends. The roof was ventilated and the fire was brought under control by a single alarm. The following units responded:
E-14, E-2, E-7 (new quint's first fire after being put in service on Friday), L-2, SQ-2, Mobile Support 1, and Btn. 2.




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***These are my own thoughts and do not reflect IAFF L-668 or Durham Fire Department.***