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Eight injured in Fort Bragg barracks fire

Posted August 26, 2010

— Eight people were injured Thursday morning in a fire at a barracks under construction on Fort Bragg, authorities said.

Investigators with the Fort Bragg Fire Department said they believe a welding torch sparked the fire, but the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

"There were contractors in here working (Thursday) that had welding capabilities and a permit to do that. I don't know if any of them were welding," Fire Battalion Chief Scott McGuire said.

Fire damages barracks under construction at Bragg Fire damages barracks under construction at Bragg

The fire was reported at about 10:20 a.m. on the roof of the three-story barracks at the corner of Salerno and Bastonge drives on post. About 60 firefighters from Fort Bragg and at least a half-dozen nearby fire departments responded, McGuire said.

It took more than three hours to extinguish the blaze.

McGuire said the fire burned the sheathing – the layers of boards and protective covering – on the roof, which prevented it from spreading rapidly.

"It would be more of a smoldering fire just between the components of the roof," he said.

Six people, including five first responders, were treated for smoke inhalation at Womack Army Medical Center and released, and two others were treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, McGuire said.

The 58-bed, 27,000-square-foot barracks will house members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. Fort Bragg officials didn't provide an estimate of the damage caused by the fire.

Construction on the building was about 50 percent complete, and it was scheduled to open next March. Fort Bragg officials said the fire would delay the opening by about three months.

"The roofing contractors are going to have to come back in," McGuire said. "They'll first strip off the sheathing and shingles and everything that's on that."


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  • Smiling Aug 26, 2010

    Fire watch is also required for civilian companies....as well as fire blankets, extinguishers, etc.......

  • Adelinthe Aug 26, 2010

    Vietnam Vet - "Ok, so where was the fire watch with this welding or cutting by torch was going on?"

    That's for military personnel doing construction. This was probably a civilian company.

    God bless.


  • jasonconaway6969 Aug 26, 2010

    This has happened before...They weld on these roofs and there is a foam insulation between the steel layers of the roof.The foam catches fire and it is a pain to get put out because you cant really see were the fire is..Just have to cut sections out and drown with water.

  • Adelinthe Aug 26, 2010

    OMGoodness -

    Sending prayers for them all.

    God bless.


  • Insane in the left lane Aug 26, 2010

    Is this the same company that worked on the Pittsboro court house?

  • Vietnam Vet Aug 26, 2010

    Ok, so where was the fire watch with this welding or cutting by torch was going on?

  • davidkomor Aug 26, 2010

    I was listing to my scanner and a 3rd alarm was call out

  • lilsqaw05 Aug 26, 2010

    something big is going on because there are more firetrucks arriving and several ambulances

  • lilsqaw05 Aug 26, 2010

    its the barracks

  • rlane4 Aug 26, 2010

    Office building or barracks?