three-alarm fire

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three-alarm fire

1. A fire that is so large or intense that it requires the presence of many firefighting units to try to contain it. A three-alarm fire is the reason we heard all of those sirens last night
2. Someone or something that is very intense or stressful. Boy, this project has really become a three-alarm fire with all the other problems it's created.
See also: fire

a three-alarm fire

and a five-alarm fire
n. someone or something very exciting. Work was a nightmare today. A five-alarm fire with crisis after crisis.
See also: fire
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Fire Marshal Scott Kline of the Hoodland Fire District said he and investigators from several insurance companies are still trying to determine what started the three-alarm fire.
The three-alarm fire spread from the basement throughout the home, resulting in about $150,000 in damage.
According to primary assumptions, the three-alarm fire may have started on the main floor.
The three-alarm fire on July 10 on Branch Street in Lowell claimed seven lives.
The three-alarm fire started shortly after noon on June 23, and burned for more than two hours.
Chief Gardell said investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the three-alarm fire that started in the right rear ground-level apartment around 8:30 p.m.
With no municipal water available, the three-alarm fire was extinguished about 50 minutes after the 911 call with water trucked to the site.
Weber thanked firefighters from Rutland and surrounding towns for their professionalism in responding to the three-alarm fire Dec.
They have yet to reveal the dead woman's identity or the cause of the three-alarm fire at the two-story Colonial, which was first reported by neighbors around 7 a.m.
The three-alarm fire was deemed suspicious not long after fire crews extinguished the flames, according to District Attorney Joseph D.
STURBRIDGE -- The cause of the three-alarm fire that destroyed a waterfront home Wednesday remained undetermined Thursday as fire officials continued their investigation.
CUTLINE: A man looks at the extent of damage the three-alarm fire caused to the storage building.
The three-alarm fire caused an estimated $50,000 to $60,000 in damage.
Heat and flames moved quickly through the second and third floors during the three-alarm fire at the three-decker in which he lived at 133 Mechanic St.
The three-alarm fire Saturday inside the Irving Street rooming house was called in just after 5 a.m.