CHEMICALS, HAZARDS FUEL 3-ALARM WAREHOUSE FIRE

October 9, 2009

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(Lauderdale Lakes, FL) –  Broward Sheriff Firefighter Robert McAllister prepares to man a hose line late Thursday night after a raging fire broke out in a Lauderdale Lakes warehouse complex. Just after 9 p.m., firefighters got the call for smoke coming from the building at 3000 NW 27 Street. When they arrived, there was heavy black smoke pouring out of the warehouse. After they forced their way in, they encountered a fast moving fuel fire hotter than 1,000 degrees that spread to the adjacent business. There were chemicals, hazardous materials and a lot of combustibles inside the building. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue Team and “Chemical-6,” a specialized chemical/foam tanker from Port Everglades, all responded. The foam tanker was able to assist in getting the fire, which had quickly progressed to three alarms, under control in about an hour. In all, about 75 firefighters from five departments battled the blaze. Several firefighters were treated on the scene for exhaustion, but none required hospitalization. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal’s Bureau and State Fire Marshal.

Photo by Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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