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Galveston, TX – August 8th, 2017 – By noon today, the men and women of the Galveston Fire Department had responded to three structure fires within six hours of each other.
The first call came in at 5:03 a.m. when firefighters were dispatched to the Happy Coffee Shop at 5102 Ave J. Eight units and nineteen firefighters responded to the call. Firefighter remained on the scene until 8:46 a.m. and the Galveston Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause.
At 7:12 a.m. the Galveston Fire Department was dispatched again to a residential structure fire in the 22000 block of Deaf Smith Drive. Nine units and 25 personnel responded to the call, along with mutual aid help from the Jamaica Beach Volunteer Fire Department. GFD remained on scene until 10:01 a.m. and the Galveston Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause.
At 11:37am the third structure fire call came in as an automatic fire alarm at the Shriner’s Burn Institute. Engine 2 responded to the call immediately and upgraded the alarm to a one alarm response while in route after receiving confirmation of visible fire in the building. The building was evacuated with the most critical patients being transferred to the Blocker Burn Unit at UTMB using the crosswalk. Due to the rapid response of GFD personnel and a well-trained hospital staff, the fire was contained to the area in which it began, and patients, family members and staff were able to return to the building less than an hour after the incident. 11 units and 21 personnel responded to the call. GFD remained on scene until 12:50 p.m. and the Galveston Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause.
“The hours upon hours of training that these men and women put into the job paid off today,” said Galveston Fire Chief Mike Wisko. “They responded to structure fires at a business, residence and hospital all within hours of each other. I am proud to be a part of a department that has such a high level of skill and knowledge when facing such diverse situations.”
No injuries were reported with any of the fires.