Wheeling Firefighters from “A” Platoon were called to a report of structure fire on Wheeling Island this evening, across from Smoker Friendly on South Huron Street. Engine 5 had heavy smoke in the area as they pulled out of their station and report heavy smoke and fire showing from the first floor of a 3 story wood frame. Engine 2, Engine 5, Rescue 1 (with a crew of 4), Squad 2, Assistant Chief C-2, Unit 90, PIO responded as well and C-2 called for the 10-96 “All Hands Working”. Box alarm move ups were made throughout the city.
Companies initially made an aggressive interior attack, attacking the fire on the first floor. The fire later extended, however and compromised the safety of crews working inside. Duty Chief C-2 made the call to move to exterior operations and put up the tower ladder (Ladder 1). Several deck guns on engine companies were in operation as well as ground satellite nozzles on 2 1/2 inch hand lines. By 20:30, the fire was declared under control and companies hit hot spots and did overhaul.
This residence was on fire also in March of 2017, when “C” Platoon made an aggressive interior attack and successfully knocked down the fire. The house is vacant. Unit 90 is investigating the cause as it is undetermined at this time.