Two-alarm Brooklyn storage fire quickly quelled
A fire erupted in two large units of "The Stor-Room Mini Storage" facility at 4515 S.E. 18th Avenue, on the south end of Building "X", just south of Holgate Boulevard, on Saturday morning, November 30.
It was dispatched as a "Commercial Fire" at 9:03 a.m., and quickly brought 13 Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) units to the scene.
First to arrive were crews riding both Woodstock Fire Station 25's Engine and Ladder Companies, who reported seeing heavy smoke and fire as they approached.
Once there, the PF&R Incident Commanders requested a "Second Alarm" to bring about double the personnel and equipment available to help fight the fire, and to prevent further damage to the many other storage units in the complex. But the Second Alarm call was soon cancelled, as the fire was swiftly brought under control.
Firefighters had to cut their way inside the heavy steel security doors of the two affected units to access the fire. With the flames extinguished, fire crews began a laborious "overhaul" of the contents – removing burnt, charred, and melted items from fire site.
A PF&R official later said that, of 20 units in Building X, only two "were determined to be affected by flames and heat"; however, the contents of the immediately adjacent units did experience varying levels of smoke and water damage.
Information about what caused the fire has not yet been publicly released, but fire investigators that morning were checking the entry and exit records of the storage facility, which is accessed through motorized gates with individual passwords which are recorded – along with the times at which they were used.
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