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Four Alarm Taxpayer Fire In The Bronx 10/28/09

As the Yankees and Phillies played the first game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, a short distance away another battle was going on as firefighters fought a four alarm fire that tore through a row of stores on October 28, 2009. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., Bronx dispatch transmitted a box for a reported fire at 978 Southern Boulevard. On arrival, heavy smoke was showing from a one story taxpayer containing eight businesses. A second alarm was transmitted as companies opened up to search for the seat of the fire. A third alarm was struck as fire broke through the roof and operations went defensive. Four tower ladders were put in operation as the flames spread. The “B” and “D” exposure buildings were both attached large five story OMDs and protecting them was a priority. A fourth alarm was transmitted as the tower ladders and outside streams darkened down the fire. The fire was placed under control at approximately 11:00, with heavy fire damage to four of the businesses and lesser damage to the rest. There was no extension to either of the OMDs and no serious injuries were reported.

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