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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Smoke Forces Guests to Evacuate Hotel

On December 27, 2010 at 9:58 a.m. (14) Companies of Firefighters, (1) Heavy Rescue Company, (4) Battalion Chiefs, (1) Fire Investigator, and (1) Fire Inspector under the direction of Battalion Chief Shane Nantz responded to an automated fire alarm at the Double Tree Hotel located at 2600 Yorkmount Road near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Battalion Chief assigned to Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Operations at the airport arrived within three minutes and initiated an investigation. The Battalion Chief’s investigation revealed moderate smoke conditions on the first, second, and third floors. The hotel is comprised of 173 guest rooms in addition to 2,200 square feet of meeting space. Firefighters began a swift process of evacuating the hotel as other teams of firefighters raced to identify the source of the smoke conditions and treat guests on scene for minor smoke inhalation. No one was transported.

After conferring with onsite maintenance personnel, it was determined a malfunction of the facility HVAC system was the cause of the smoke conditions. The system was shutdown and firefighters used specialized electric fans to remove smoke from the structure. In all, (65) Firefighters were called to bring the incident under control in 35 minutes. Damage estimates were not readily available.

Eternally devoted to duty and service,

Mark Basnight | Captain
Public Information Officer
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Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Fire Truck

On December 27, 2010 at 8:50 a.m. (2) Companies of firefighters, (1) Heavy Rescue Company, (2) Battalion Chiefs, and (2) Deputy Chiefs from the Charlotte Fire Department responded to a single vehicle traffic accident involving a Fire Truck at Shopton Road West and Calico Crossing.

Firefighters made haste to respond to their fellow comrades in distress after their fire engine collided with a tree and trapped the officer inside the right-side passenger side door. Thrust into a complete role-reversal from being the rescuers, the firefighters involved in the accident were the ones needing assistance. Within minutes of the call for help, firefighters arrived on scene and sprinted into action to free the trapped Fire Captain and assess the medical needs of their co-workers. Several minutes after arriving on scene, firefighters had freed their fellow firefighter and began to render care.

Three of the four firefighters were transported with non-life-threatening injuries to a local trauma center for medical treatment and evaluation. All three were released later the same day and were expected to make a full recovery. The damage to the fire truck is extensive and initial damage estimates surpass several hundred thousand dollars. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and the Charlotte Fire Department Accident Review Board.

Eternally devoted to duty and service,

Mark Basnight | Captain
Public Information Officer
Charlotte fire Department

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