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Call History
Firefighters Rescue Civilian from Apartment Above Burning Laundromat
Wed. Jul 1st 2020

21:54 hrs / N. 10th & Greenwich Street / Box 09-03 / C Platoon

The box was transmitted for a report of smoke and flames from a laundromat at N. 9th & Greenwich Street.  Tower 1 was driver training in the vicinity and immediately reported smoke in the area.  The Tower arrived and confirmed smoke showing from a laundromat at N. 10th & Greenwich with the address correction noted.  Car 4 (J. Stoudt) arrived and assumed command, reporting a 3-story mixed occupancy with smoke showing from the first floor laundromat and occupied apartments above.  Reports were received of civilians - including children - trapped in the apartments above the fire.  

As Engine 9 secured a positive water supply, a 1-3/4" handline was stretched into the laundromat where crews were immediately met by fire extending in the ceiling area above the banks of clothes dryers.  Firefighters began to ladder the building and perform searches of the heavily charged apartments above.  The Crewman of Engine 3 located a male victim in the 2nd floor rear apartment.  He was removed from the building via the interior stairs with the assistance of the Tower 1 Platform Operator.  The victim was treated and transported by RFD EMS.  Thankfully, all other searches proved negative with the reports of children trapped having been unfounded.  Lt 21C (Kuhn) did, however, locate several kittens in the 2nd floor apartment that had survived the fire. 

The bulk of the fire in the 1st floor laundromat was knocked-down and the ceiling area opened to expose fire that had begun to extend to the 2nd floor via the pipe chases.  This extension was quickly checked.  Car 4 placed the fire under control with overhaul at 22:27 hrs.  Companies were on scene for a little over an hour.

The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating.  

Engines - 9, 7, 3, 5

Ladders - 3, Tower 1

Rescue 1, Medic 2, Medic 4

Car 4 (J. Stoudt), Car 9 (Glore), FM 10 (Searfoss), Car 23 (Zulick & Gracie)

City Ladder 1 and County Engine 69 (Kenhorst) handled an automatic fire alarm activation at 150 S. 5th Street while units operated at the 10th & Greenwich fire.

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