Firefighters battle two-alarm fire on New Year's Day

CarolinaFireJournal - Jamie Vaughan,
Jamie Vaughan, Battalion Chief, Rocky Mount Fire Department
01/11/2012 -

On January 01, 2012, at 13:47 hours, Rocky Mount NC Fire units were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1201 Eastern Avenue.  When the first due companies arrived on-scene they found a large two-story residential structure with gray smoke exiting the second story gable vents.  


After crews established water supply and confirmed that all the occupants had evacuated the structure crews made an aggressive interior attack on what was first surmised to be a normal attic fire with no fire extension to other divisions.  The incident was quickly upgraded to a second alarm while crews began to fill the necessary tactical assignments. 

Vertical ventilation was initiated but the roof opening did not assist the interior crews with relief when they encountered heavy heat and fire on second floor of the structure and were unable to access the attic area where the fire originated.  Additional attack lines were deployed to help cover exposures and to make an exterior attack from the rear of the structure along with three different attempts to extinguish the fire utilizing an interior attack but they not successful.  Because fire conditions began to compromise the integrity of the roof, all personnel were removed from the structure and a defensive posture was taken with master streams on Engine1, Engine 5 and Ladder 10. 

The defensive tactical decision was a success as it halted the forward progression of the fire. There were no major injuries to occupants or firefighters during this incident.  The fire cause is still under investigation.


Photos by Bob Bartosz, RMFD Photographer
Comments & Ratings

  2/23/2013 1:26:40 PM
J Saban 

Former resident  
I loved that house!!!What is the outcome to the investigation?? Arson ???