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On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at approximately 1:50pm Allegheny County 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting a structure fire at the A. Folino Construction Company, located at 109 Dark Hollow Road in Oakmont. The following units were dispatched on the initial assignment; Oakmont (Station 216) and Lower Valley EMS (Station 150). Based on the multiple callers reporting a working fire, 216 Officer requested that Verona (Station 285) and Point Breeze (Penn Hills Station 224) be added to the initial assignment. Oakmont Police Chief Dave DiSanti and Officer Sedlak arrived on the scene within minutes and reported heavy black smoke showing and the sound of small explosions coming from the structure.
216 Engine 1 arrived on the scene and reported a large concrete block garage with heavy fire and smoke showing, no immediate exposure problems. 216 Chief assumed Dark Hollow command. 216 Engine 1 laid a supply line from the hydrant at Dark Hollow and Commons Drive to the Alpha side of the structure. 216 Truck set up for aerial master stream operations on the Alpha side of the structure and received water supply from 216 Engine 1.
Command requested that 285 Engine 1 hit the hydrant at Plum and Dark Hollow as a secondary water supply and lay into the scene. Due to the great distance from the Plum Street hydrant to the scene, 285 Engine 1 was unable to complete the lay and emptied the hose bed. 224 Engine 1 hit the hydrant at Plum and Dark Hollow instead and supplied 285 Engine 1, which was positioned half way up on Dark Hollow. 285 Engine 2 dropped a supply line at 285 Engine 1 and proceeded to the scene to complete the water relay of the secondary water supply.
Crews advanced attack lines from 216 Engine 1 and 285 Engine 2 and began suppression efforts. The garage contained oil and asphalt, as well as acetylene tanks, which contributed to the rapid spread of the fire throughout the structure. The main garage area had a major structural collapse early on in the incident, all crews were accounted for. Crews continued to make an aggressive interior attack on the attached concrete block structure which housed an office and a large garage that contained various equipment. Employees were able to remove a good amount of equipment from the structure before the intense flames rapidly spread throughout.
At Approximately 2:40pm, command requested that Rosedale (Penn Hills Station 222) and Blawnox (Station 111) be dispatched for additional manpower. Conditions continued to deteriorate in the attached structure. Command ordered all crews out of the structure at 2:50pm. Shortly after crews evacuated the structure, the roof collapsed within. Defensive attack continued with several attack lines and the master stream in operation. Command placed the fire under control at approximately 3:20pm, however crews would be on the scene for an extensive period of time extinguishing numerous hot spots.
At least one firefighter was evaluated by EMS. None of the 25 employees who were inside the building when the fire broke out, were injured. Salvation Army personnel were on the scene with their mobile canteen unit, providing drinks and snacks to the emergency personnel. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate the fire.

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Keywords:DARK HOLLOW, FOLINO, OAKMONT, STRUCTURE FIRE