Bystanders flee from the scene and call the fire department.
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Task Force 1 is first on scene and quickly pulls the 4" LDH off the hosebed.
Engine 201 hooks up the LDH that Engine 1 dropped and connects to the hydrant as well.
Battalion Chief Lopez, Safety Battalion Martinez, and Rescue 1 Captain Jamison discuss tactics. Truck 1 firefighters are also seen on the roof of the neighboring building.
Interior crew from Task Force 1 members prepare to enter structure. While 2 are trying to force entry into the building, the other is charging the 2.5" line.
When the explosion knocked the interior crew down, FAST firefighters and nearby crew members quickly run to the aid of the firefighters. At this point, a 2nd alarm is transmitted and operations switch to a defensive mode. The Foam Task Force was also special called to the scene.
The three firefighters are looked over by paramedics, Rescue Captain, and Battalion Chief Lopez. The firefighters were later transported to Castle Beach University Hospital for precautionary reasons. They are expected to be released sometime this afternoon.
Master streams from Truck 2 (in RT501), Satellite 1, and Truck 1 all help to extinguish the blaze.
Multiple hand lines were used as well. Here is one of the last photos from the scene of the fire. The grayish-white smoke indicates that water is being put on the fire, and the fire will soon be extinguished.
Early this morning, Castle Beach Fire was alerted to an abandoned structure fire amongst a row of 1-2 story small commercials. Bystanders reported a man running from the building minutes prior to the building catching on fire. Occupants of the nearby building also were able to escape. Task Force 1 was first on scene and began to prepare for entry into the fire building, as there were reports of squatters who may have been in the structure. However, before firefighters were able to enter, an explosion occurred, knocking back the three interior firefighters. A mayday was transmitted, and firefighters quickly came to the rescue of their brothers. Fortunately, all were wearing PPE (including the breathing apparatus) and did not receive any life-threatening injuries. All three were checked out by paramedics and were later transported to Castle Beach University Hospital for further evaluation. They are expected to be released sometime this afternoon. Meanwhile, firefighters switched to a defensive operation as the building was not worth saving anymore. Several 2.5" hoses, ladder pipes, and the Snozzle from Satellite 1 were used to extinguish the inferno. It took approximately 50 minutes for 70 firefighters to fully put out the fire. Even though the building is declared as a total loss, no lives were lost in the blaze. Those with information concerning the fire today are encouraged to contact Castle Beach Police.