January 15, 1991 - Desert Storm, the bombing of Iraq had started this evening. I was home watching CNN on TV. Live footage of the bombs falling on Iraq looked like fireworks on the 4th of July. I had my scanner on. Brooklyn Fire radio announced box 272, for a fire in a candle factory at Mckibbin and Bogart Street. A 2nd alarm was transmitted on arrival. Shortly there after, the 3rd and 4th Alarms were transmitted for fire in a large block long 5 story warehouse. I grabbed my gear and was quickly out the door. While driviing on the BQE, going over the Kosciuszko Bridge, I cold see the fire in the distance. I got off at Morgan Meeker Street and made a left turn in the direction of the fire. I arrived in about 5 minutes. The fire was in a large 5 story warehouse that was attached to 2 other large warehouses. The building had fire showing out of all the windows in front of the building and heavy fire through the roof. A fifth alarm was transmitted. The fire spread to the exposure 3 and 4 sides of the building. Numerous tower ladders were put into operation. Captain Ray Downey and his crew from Rescue Company 2, rescued the night watchman. The fire burned all night. I came back to the scene the next morning.

A huge ball of fire came Through the the roof of the original fire building. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

Heavy fire conditions and the large fire load generated an extreme amount of radiant heat. That and auto exposure spread the fire to the other exposed buildings. Photo taken on January 15, 1991.

Handlines are being stretched to Tower ladders. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

You can see the fire extending into exposure 4. Photo taken on January 15, 1991.

Tower ladder 119 is operating on the rear of the fire building. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

The fire load is to much for Tower Ladder 119. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

Close-up of Tower Ladder 119 at work. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

The rear of exposure number 4 is lighting up.. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

The front of exposure 4. Photo taken on 12-29-89.

Heavy fire through the roof of exposure 4. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

Satelitte 3 and a Tower ladder is getting ready to go in operation. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

Fire is dropping down to the lower floors. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

Heavy fire is coming out of the first floor windows in the original fire building. Photo taken on January 15, 1991

Exposure 4 is fully involved Photo taken on January 15, 1991

The collapsed remains of the exposure 4 building. Photo taken early the next day on January 16, 1991

Exposure 3 the next day. Photo taken on January 16, 1991

The remains of the original fire building the next morning. Photo taken on January 16, 1991

The rear of exposure 4 and exposure 3 the next morning. Debris from the collapses are all over the street. Photo taken on January 16, 1991

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