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Neighborhood house fire

I walked back from work, turned the corner only to find a half dozen fire trucks lining my street. I asked what was going on and they said a house caught on fire. I walked down and was amazed at what I saw...
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Everyone made it out OK--no injuries. Appears the renters had a grill running outside and it was set to close to the house. The house has to be a complete loss. Several houses around it had their vinyl siding melted or warped from the incredible heat from the fire. The scariest part is being amazed at how fast the fire spread through the attic as the rest of the houses in this neighborhood are made of the same material and construction.

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shoppingqueen
May. 19th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
hey Joe,
hope it was okay to add you to my lj, your journal seems so interesting.

is it difficult being gay and in the air force?

I am always scared when I see hurricanes attack areas of America and all the houses are really cheaply built wooden things which just flatten! The houses in my area of London are all 1930's built and are brick, but the new houses are awful construction. I wonder how they cope with fire or hurricanes or earthquakes, we do get freak localised hurricanes and earthquakes in the UK!
snowboardjoe
May. 20th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
No problem. I don't mid people friending me as long as they don't mind that I don't always friend them back. :)

Not in the Air Force. I am part of the Civil air Patrol which is an auxiliary of the USAF. While it is under the DOD, it's still completely a civilian and volunteer organization. Since we're a part of the USAF, we wear the USAF uniform with a few modification. As far as CAP is concerned, they don't care too much if you're gay or not. It's not something I advertise, but not something I hide either if someone asks.

As for hurricanes, it's just a part of life here in NC. Each one has a major impact, but we always pick up the pieces and move on. Have developed ways to protect life and provide ample warning. Property can be replaced, but lives cannot. At the same time, I do wish people would stop building on the outer banks.
shoppingqueen
May. 23rd, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Does the CAP run air traffic control in the US or is that the Civil Avian Authority or something like that, that is the body we have here doing that.
rbsmith77
May. 21st, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Whoa!
I just reviewed the picture set. I am amazed at the extent of the damage not so much because of the construction, but by the time of day.

Fire path - assuming it was a grill too close to the house, it set off the vinyl siding on fire. Burns natsy black and hot. From there, it walked up the exterior wall into the soffit. It looks like it had vinyl soffits, it would have posed little problem to burn through. Once up into the attic space, the fire had plenty of room to breathe and get going.

I just find it amazing the extent of the damage in the afternoon with the people home. You would definitely known something was wrong if you were in the house. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the renter tried to fight it himself before calling the fire department. This one definitely had a head start prior to the fire department showing up.

If the guy would have called as soon as he noticed it, they might have been able to vent the roof and direct the majority of fire into one section of the attic. Once the fire made the roof too unstable, the only choice the firefighters had was to fight it from the outside. Otherwise, an interior attack would be pointless and needlessly endanger a fire crew.

I wouldn't worry too much about the construction in place. Usually anything built in the 1980s can survive a room and contents fire. Had this fire started in the kitchen, the house would have faired better. Once the fire starts to roll through the attic space, it's pretty much over as far as saving the house.
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