New Zealand firefighters who went to the roof of a 21-story high-rise to attack a cooling tower that had caught fire found they had no water from their FDC system.
When the building’s broken pump did not deliver water, firefighters dragged hose up the 21 stories and pumped water from their engines.
Central Auckland Area Assistant Commander Roger Callister told the NZ Herald that the fire had largely burned itself out by the time they deployed the hose. However, the situation could have gone much worse.
“We dodged a bullet,” he said.
Had the fire been mid building, the failed pump system and that fire-stop doors had been removed from the stairwells, could have been deadly for firefighters and occupants.
Callister said the fire service’s risk management division had fire safety concerns about the company performing remodeling work at the building when the fire broke out.