As I was getting ready for bed Friday night, August 22nd, I heard Bourbon Fire District toned out to assist Cuba Fire District on a first alarm residential structure fire at 607 School Street, so I grabbed my camera and flashgun and headed for the truck. Within a few minutes, I heard Sullivan and Steelville get toned for the second alarm, so I figured it must have been going pretty good, as Cuba struck the second alarm fairly soon after the first alarm. I arrived and parked half a block away and walked down the street to find a two story home with heavy smoke coming from the second floor windows and several firefighters fighting it from the roof of the porch above the front door….
…I didn`t stay long in this spot as I was pretty close to the attack pumper and there was a huge tree in the front yard blocking the view of the house as well, so I moved over to the west side of the house a few minutes later and within seconds, the flames broke out thru the roof and windows on the back side of the house….
..and within a few minutes of fire breaking through the roof, firefighters pulled an inch and a half line over to the west side to get some water on it…
…while over there, I was talking to some area kids who told me that everyone was able to safely evacuate the residence in time….
…and within moments, the entire roof of the residence was well involved in heavy fire….
…I walked back to the front of the house to snap a few from that view point…..
…and saw the huge fireball continue to grow from the roof of the home….
…so Cuba firefighters decided to try and hit the fire with their deck gun on their attack pumper….
..which did knock down the amount of fire at the front of the house, but within minutes it came back even stronger on the west side and rear of the house…due to the angles of the roofline, it was hard to get a good angle to where firefighters could hit the flames with a stream of water and huge trees hampered the use of their aerial ladder truck as well….
…firefighters on the west side resorted to climbing a ground ladder and spraying their line inside the double windows at the second story, which again, temporarily knocked down the heavy fire inside….
…before leaving, I took a photo of Cuba`s newer ladder truck, similar in design and like Sullivan`s, built by Sutphen out of Ohio, with a different color and paint scheme…one of Metro West`s former trucks….