|Photo By Craig Allyn Rose|
On Wednesday, October 22, an early morning blaze started in pile of pallets in a complex at 2713 Ferguson Rd. in Gilroy and was reported to South County Fire at around 4:40 A.M. Units from South Santa Clara County Fire District arrived and reported the blaze was large and starting to involve what could best be described as a barn.
Once on scene, the South County B/C requested more resources, adding 4 Water Tenders and more additional Engines to his original request. The fire was burning in several thousand square feet of pallet storage, and thousands of pallets were burning. Once the fire established in the barn, the IC added Ladder Trucks, 5 more engines, and 2 more Water Tenders to his request, together with a strike team of Type 1 Engines to stand by in the vicinity too protect other nearby structures.
Around 7:00 A.M., Fire Associates was paged to the scene, and John Whiteside responded in Fire Support Unit 3, stopping along the way for a supply of donuts. John was met on site by Fire Associates guest Bill Roth
and the pair set up for morning Rehab. Hot coffee and donuts proved to
be as popular as always. A short while later, Fire Associates member
Bruce Dembecki arrived on scene to help out.
Photos by Craig Allyn Rose can be viewed at: Pallet Fire
Bruce Dembecki's photos of the overhaul operations: Large Pallet Blaze
A San Jose Mercury News story can be read at: 3-Alarm Blaze