Hagerstown city (MD) firefighters responded to a reported house fire on Jefferson St. (east side of downtown Hagerstown) Saturday night (2/5/17) around 9:15 p.m. They encountered heavy fire from multiple sides and the attic of the 2-story, wood-framed duplex structure. Command quickly escalated the box assignment to include rapid intervention and safety assignments. Crews aggressively worked the interior of the duplex but were pushed back by heavy fire and smoke. Evacuation tones were sounded multiple times during the first 20 minutes of the incident.
Interior teams re-entered the complex and knocked the heavy fire. Truck companies worked the roof and attic areas to expose fire that had extended into the walls. All occupants of the duplex self evacuated. Crews remained on scene for hours to perform overhaul.
Command ordered an additional engine and squad company and eventually a 2nd alarm for manpower to assist the initial crews. Companies from Washington County including Longmeadow, Funkstown, Maugansville, Halfway, Washington County Special Operations, the Rehab and Air units assisted in the incident.
Thursday evening (2/4/16), Hagerstown City (MD) fire crews were busy fighting a house fire on Day Road when another structure fire box was toned out on W. Washington St. First arriving units, many of which were on mutual aid transfer to stations in the city reported a fire showing through the roof of a three-story apartment building. Heavy fire was extending into the cockloft of the structure. Crews confirmed reported entrapment and performed rescues of the occupants. A 2nd alarm was sounded bringing in more mutual aid to the city.
Crews from Longmeadow Co. 27, Williamsport Co. 2, Maugansville, Waynesboro, PA, Funkstown, Hagerstown, Washington County Special Operations, Rehab 255 & Air Unit 25, Greencastle, PA, Halfway, Community Rescue Service 75, and more worked the job for over three hours performing extensive overhaul.
This was the first working structure fire for the new Engine 2-1 of the Williamsport, MD fire department.