A fire on the roof ( a/c air handling unit ) brought multiple alarms today in Roanoke.
Battalion Chief 1-C was first in with heavy black smoke from the roof of a 10 story newly renovated hotel / apartment building.
The incident brought multiple alarms while crews quickly went to work to contain the blaze and minimize the damage. The fire was found to be from, in or around an air conditioning / air handling unit on the roof. The fire was quickly extinguished but smoke filled the building between the 10th and 4th floors. The building was evacuated and all searches found to be “all clear”. Companies then worked to ventilate the structure and minimize water damage to the upper floors.
The Brothers and Sisters of C-shift did an excellent job in near 100 degree heat. Damage estimates are not available at this time but no civilians or firefighters were injured. Our Brothers and Sisters in North Carolina were not as fortunate.
Captain Jeffery Bowen 37, a 13 year veteran of the Asheville, NC Fire Department was killed this afternoon while battling a fire in a five story commercial structure.
Captain Bowen leaves behind a wife and 3 children.
7 other members were injured in the blaze with at least 1 having been transferred to a burn unit.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bowen family as well as with the family of the Asheville Fire Department. I will try to update with info and arrangements as they become available.
We are on duty and I have a lot to report … it just doesn’t seem right to do so following the report of Captain Bowen’s death. Let’s everyone stay safe and in house and I’ll update ya later.