Engine 21 was trying so hard to pump the water up the mountain that the heat from the pump melted the pavement on Valley Avenue.
Well, Dave... I typed out a long explanation with pictures for you but lost it. Basically, yes, they were in-line pumping up the hill from 21. Yes, the road was too narrow to make the turn for the trucks when you have all those cars sticking out. Making it worse, the building on fire was behind another set of apartments. You can see the pictures here: http://www.dave911.com/2008/06/2-alarm-nob-hill-apartments-fire-part-1.htmlWOW!!!!
I heard command asking.... "Are you pumping at full throttle" and they replied "Yes".
Dave if I am not mistaken (and since you were there to see), did they not end up having three trucks pumping water from one truck to the other up the hill?? And what did they mean in the news paper that the terrain prevented the truck companies from getting to the apts?? Was the road too narrow or was it too hilly for them to be able to set up the outriggers?