On September 21, 2005 at 4:10 pm, Roanoke Fire-EMS received a report of a fire with explosion at 2762 Shenandoah Avenue (Radar Main Facility).
Upon exiting the Fire Station, Engine 9 could see heavy smoke.
Upon scene arrival of Engine 9, Captain Firebaugh indicated bus on fire inside the structure with heavy smoke and fire on side 2/3.
The incident was marked a working fire elevating the response by 1 engine and medic unit.
Companies pulled two, 2 1/2 hose lines to the main fire area and additional hose line to protect the main office area (exposure). Several garage doors had to be cut for access and ventilation.
Administrative area was positive pressured to minimize smoke damage.
The fire was brought under control at 4:42 pm.
The building sustained heavy heat and smoke damage in the bay area with minimum damage to the administrative office space.
Four engines, two ladders, two medic units, one EMS operations officer, and two chief officers were assigned to the incident.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.