Montgomery County Fire and Rescue units were alerted to the house fire on Hillmead Road in Bethesda (MD) on Feb. 19. Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad 741 was first due and the first unit on the scene. They reported smoke showing on arrival and requested the rapid intervention dispatch (RID) and the fire task force.
Heavy fire was encountered in the basement of the house fed by a natural gas meter. While first responding units went into fire attack mode, a 2nd alarm was ordered. Battalion 702 took command, and units from multiple battalions in the county worked the fire. A MAB (Medical Ambulance Bus) unit, the Kensington Canteen unit, and a Mobile Air Unit responded to provide rehab, hydration, and to refill air packs. An extended overhaul took place. I arrived after the 2nd alarm was struck and took photos of the units and crews on the scene.