Last night’s fire would empty every firehouse in the city causing the Department to “call back” members for duty. Typically, those members “called back” will staff “reserve” apparatus and place stations back in service.
Roanoke Fire/EMS operates with 11 Engine Companies, 4 Ladders, 8 Medic Units, 2 Battalion Chiefs and an EMS Supervisor which would have put 64 members on scene.
Local news sources report that over 200 residents were without power at one point and the blaze caused backups and delays on Interstate 581.
Two firefighters received what is being described as “minor” injuries while others were treated for heat related injuries.
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