SPOKE TOO SOON: DID YOU CATCH A FIRE ON YOUR COMMUTE?
So I had some time after this AM’s fire as I waited on morning relief to put up a blog post. No sooner had I posted the story then a text came accross my phone for a box alarm for my brothers at Kentland. 4:20 am, quiet nieghborhood, I knew it was going to be off. Moments later my relief came in and I was out, out the door and just over the DC, MD line where the 15 volunteers from Kentland went on the scene with fire showing. Although its not always my prefered method, it was nice to watch the brothers at work without being activly involved.
Here is their story from Kentland 33:
ENGINE COMPANY, SQUAD COMPANY AND TRUCK COMPANY 33 WITH FIRE SHOWING IN CHAPEL OAKS: 1411 EARLY OAKS LANE
At 0418 hours, the box alarm was transmitted for the house on fire in the area of 1410 Early Oaks Drive in Chapel Oaks, Maryland. The assignment consisted of Engine Companies 38, 8, 5 and 33, Truck Companies 33, 55 and Rescue Engine 33 (as the Squad Company). Engine Company, Squad Company and Truck Company 33 responded on the alarm with a total of 15 volunteers. Engine Company 38 was the first to arrive and reported a one-story, detached home with fire showing. Engine Company 33 was the next unit to arrive. The crew laid a secondary water supply from a hydrant at 1422 Early Oaks Lane and stretched the 250-foot pre-connect to cover side “C” of the structure. Once in position the OIC gave a detailed size-up to Fire Communications and the crew advanced into the basement to check for fire/smoke conditions. After this area of the home was cleared, the crew advanced to the first floor where they began extinguishing several rooms on fire. Truck Company and Squad Company 33 arrived simultaneously to perform the first and second due special service duties. Both crews began searches, ventilation and laddering all sides of the building. Companies spent nearly one-hour bringing this stubborn fire under control. Within an hour and a half, Command continued to hold Companies 38, 33 and 55. Volunteers from the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department operated for approx. 3 and a half hours before retuning to service. One fireman from Company 33 sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local trauma center. The Officers and Membership of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. wish him a quick recovery.