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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Report # 012509-009

Charlotte Fire Department

News Media After Action Report

Report # 012509-009

RE: 2nd Alarm Fire/6500 Clavell Lane> Unit C/ Bennington Woods Condominiums

Dispatched – 9:54 am
First CFD Unit Arrives – 9:58 am (E-16)
Control Time – 10:29 am

CFD Personnel/Units
CFD – 54/ 13
Battalions 7, 4, 3, Engines 16, 2, 6, 12, 14, 20, 30, Ladders 16, 2, Rescue 10
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Structure/ Location
Two-story multi-family dwelling of ordinary construction

Cause & Origin/Damage Estimates
Accidental/ chimney fire which extended into a dormer/ attic causing approximately $50K in damage


Evacuations/ Persons Displaced
Two units affected by this fire; four residents displaced.

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Incident Synopsis
Just before 10 am Sunday morning FF’s were called to service for a report of a brush fire @ the Bennington Woods Condominiums in South Charlotte. First arriving FF’s from nearby Station #16 reported a small brush fire and initiated a fire attack. While engaged in the suppression of this brush fire FF’s noticed smoke & fire conditions visible in a dormer/ attic area and declared a working fire. Because of the type construction of this structure and the extent of the fire conditions, the Incident Commander requested a 2nd alarm assignment which brought additional resources to the scene. Fifty-four FF’s were summoned to the scene of this blaze which was controlled in about 30 minutes. The cause of the blaze has been determined to be a pre-fabricated chimney and caused damages estimated at $50K. This is the second multi-alarm fire in the past twenty-four hours involving a pre-fabricated fireplace. There were no injuries to report, but the Red Cross was called to assist four residents who were displaced as a result of this blaze.


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