Photo By Bruce Dembecki
While it appeared there was a knock down, when crews entered the building later there were pockets of active fire which quickly grew, forcing a withdrawal from the building and another switch into defensive mode. The building was well-involved in several sections including the garage (including a parked car), and the rear bedroom. With a switch to defensive mode, the incident was held at a full first alarm.
With units on scene for nearly 90 minutes already, and an active firefight underway again, Fire Associates member Bruce Dembecki called County Communications to see if a Fire Support Unit could be useful on scene. The IC quickly responded with a very firm "Yes Please!", and Fire Support Unit 2 was dispatched to the incident.
Bruce arrived with FSU 2 around 9:40 P.M., almost 2 hours after the first reports of fire came in, and was met by FASCV members Jerry Haag and Dan Wong. Hazmat 2 had formal rehab set up on the West side of the fire and FSU 2 quickly joined them and provided cold drinks and Clif Bars to weary firefighters.
The fire was under control around 10:30 P.M. and units were starting to be released. Support Unit 2 remained on scene providing cold drinks and snacks to firefighters until being released with all but one engine around 11:15 P.M.
- Bruce's photos can be viewed at: Saratoga Fire