2-Alarm Commercial Fire Wind-Driven| Florida

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

Incident Summary

A single story commercial auto body building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived to the address of 500 block on Dixie Highway in Hollywood, Florida. Firefighters arrived around 2230 hours EDT on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Alleged Eyewitness Accounts

Social Media posters indicated some witnesses reported several explosions but no confirmed Pressers have been released by Fire or Law Enforcement officials.

Elevated Alarm

A 2nd alarm was called as several multiple exposures were being threatened, weather conditions and it being said the fire was being fueled by winds.

Size Up

Firefighters battled the fully engulfed auto body shop and addressed the exposure buildings.  Several cars were on fire inside the shop with one of them being very difficult to suppress and contain, as it may have been fed by possibly propane.

Reports of the fire knocked down, out, rekindling and then out were called in to Command several times. Finally, the fire appeared to be knocked down at 00:40 EDT but hot spots remained on the Charlie side.

Collapse Zone

Firefighters were pulled away from the Charlie side around 2353 hours EDT as the side became recognizable some of the building had collapsed.

A broadcast of all personnel to step away from the building was announced over the radio several times.

Personnel Accountability Report (PAR)

A PAR was being given by fire units as to their unit designations and locations.  Just as they were updating Command, heavy black smoke and flames began pouring out of the Charlie division.  They were all also in the middle of swapping out air bottles.

At the same time, they were in the midst of getting their aerial operations back up and running, additional resources were requested to redeploy to this side of the building.  As they were moving fire assets into position, Dispatch was still trying to find out if a PAR had been reached for each Division.

Fire Knocked Down, Out

As fire conditions were being reported to Command, the IC was reviewing with Safety what units needed to stay on-scene and which ones could be released. Right at the time, heavy smoke and flames started rekindling yet again up the sides of Divisions Alpha and Charlie.  The fire was having none of that.

Firefighters went interior and reported all clear, fire was now knocked down.(00:21 EDT)

Flames began to appear from the Alpha / Bravo side in the corner rear on the roof (00:22) then an exposure building on the same side flames were visible (00:23).

Water resources were repositioned to attempt to hit this stubborn fire. (00:23).

Flames yet again have reappeared on the Bravo side of the fire building. Firefighters’ tireless efforts were not going unnoticed but the fire has remained defiant throughout this late night into early wee hours of Monday, August 6, 2017.

The fire incident clock has reached 140 minutes and another PAR is being called out to Command and then to Dispatch. (00:43).

Fuels on Site

Firefighters were first told there was no gas on site but later the gas company would roll up in one of their own trucks saying there is a gas meter on the Delta side (North side).

The gas company confirmed there was an active gas feed directly to the structure but sounded like it was being secured. (00:32)

Broadcast Messages

An emergency button on a portable radio, was deemed to be an accidental activation.

Command warned all Firefighters and crews on the fire ground that power was being turned on to a nearby street and should not affect the fire ground. He wanted to make sure all personnel were aware and to be very careful.

Injuries Reported

One firefighter was reportedly injured and being transported by one of their own Rescue units.  It is unknown what his injuries are or his condition. – We hope it is nothing serious and he has a speedy recovery. – Ed.

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