Well yesterday was an interesting day in my neck of the woods. At 0628 EST my FD was toned out to stand by for a possible structure fire that immediately went 2nd alarm structure fire upon arrival, and then kicked up to a 3rd alarm multiple structure fire shortly there after. The fire started in the first floor rear apartment in a row house which quickly spread to the 2nd floor, breached the roof, jumped the fire wall, extended in to an adjoining structure, and was eventually stopped at the next firewall before it could extend to the third adjoined apartments. The roofs were quickly converted in to massive sky lights due to structural collapses in the rafters and it was a job well done by all 8 responding departments. The guys on my rig saved a dog, 2 cats, and a HUGE boa constrictor. Everyone got out safe and the only injury was a Fire Investigator who decided to be a dumb ass and not wear her mask required treatment for CO poisoning. No big deal right? What was found during the suppression operations however is a serious cause for alarm. One of the apartments was wired like nothing we have found in our area ever. This apartment had to have had $50,000+ worth of electronics equipment in it and had thousands of credit card blanks and multiple card readers, computers, and card encoding devices. One of the back bedrooms had enough components to manufacture at least a dozen IED's and the 3 occupants named in the lease were nowhere to be found during the S&R sweeps and resident checks by the Red Cross in the aftermath. Their vehicles were still in the garage and all of their possessions were all still inside the residence, what was left of it. It took the bomb squad 8 hours to finish clearing the complex. Stuff like this really pisses me off and sets me on edge. To know that my brothers and sisters were inside this building trying to save life and property all while some scum bags (I'll keep my description of these people PC since I know their race and religion) were willing to endanger not only the rescuers, but the entire apartment complex for some unknown agenda. I didn't get much sleep last night and I hugged my kids a little bit harder before I shipped them off to school this morning. It's scary to know that if the explosives had gone off, of the 50 firefighters on scene, maybe a dozen of us would have been guaranteed to survive the blast because of where we were located on scene.