Sunday, September 8, 2013

Fire at WD Hall Elementary School Damages Stored Supplies

Pepper Drive Area-

On Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at 2:19 pm, the Heartland Communications Center received a 911 call about a possible structure fire at W.D. Hall Elementary school located at 1376 Pepper Drive. Initially dispatched were four structural engines, one truck company, an ALS medic unit, and two staff officers.

On the arrival of Engine 8 (Heartland Fire & Rescue, Madison Ave) they reported smoke from behind the main campus. As they accessed the area behind the school they discovered a fire burning up against metal containers used to store school supplies. The exterior fire was quickly knocked down but crews discovered the fire had extended into two of the metal containers.

Heartland Fire & Rescue Engine 8 picks up equipment after working in near 100 degree temperatures.
Additional help was requested from Engine 1 (Riverview Station), Engine 9 (Heartland Fire & Rescue, Marshall Av), and Truck 4 (Santee Fire, Cottonwood St) to remove items from the containers so that the fire could be extinguished. After extensive work, from crews wearing breathing apparatus, the fire was knocked down. School officials were summoned to the scene.

The fire is currently under investigation. Lakeside Fire was assisted by Heartland Fire & Rescue, Santee Fire Department, and the San Miguel Fire District.

At the time of this incident Lakeside Fire had multiple resources at a boating accident on El Capitan Reservoir. Another example how automatic aid works when agencies are committed to other significant incidents.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photo By: Fire Chief Andy Parr, Lakeside Fire District

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