Tin Roof Hampers North Carolina Fire Fighters Battling Fire
NASH COUNTY, NC – Shortly after 12 midnight on August 25, 2016, Nash County 911 Center began receiving calls for a building fire on Lancaster Store Road in the Castalia area of Nash County.
Station 7 (Castalia Fire Company) along with Station 17 (Momeyer Fire Company) and Station 6 (Spring Hope Fire Company) and Nash County EMS units were dispatched.
The first in unit from Castalia reported they had a large 40 x 170 foot storage building heavily involved with fire (the building was 15 feet high with a large tin roof housing over 20,000 bales of hay along with four tractors and farm equipment).
There were no fire hydrants for water supply within a mile from the fire.
The Incident Commander requested additional tankers to be dispatched. Companies from Station 14 (Nashville) along two departments from Franklin County (Justice and White Level) were dispatched.
Within an half an hour the side walls collapsed causing the tin roof to collapse on top of the thousands of bales of hay. This collapse made it almost impossible for the firefighters to put water on the burning bales of hay.
Dump tanks were now being placed on the rural road making it very difficult for the tankers to shuttle back and forth. Firefighters had to travel over one mile to the nearest fire hydrant for water supply.
Two hours into the fire most of the building had collapsed. There were now six water lines working on the collapsed building.
Article and photos by Bob Bartosz.
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