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.
Units from the City of Hagerstown Fire Department were toned out at approx. 20:00 hours for the house fire at 423 W. Franklin St. The box was upgraded quickly to a working fire assignment bringing in most of the city’s fire units including Rescue Squad 20, Air Unit 25, the Rehab & Canteen unit, and Hagerstown Community Rescue Service Co. 75. Surrounding volunteer companies also responded including the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company bringing in their tower rig.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke showing from the back of the attic and 2nd floor. They had the fire controlled in about 30 min. but due to the large amount of smoke and water damage, overhaul was extensive and units remained on the scene for close to four hours. Investigators are still determining the fire’s cause, but it may have started from an electrical issue in the walls of the two-story building.
This was one of the first major working fire assignments for the brand new Hagerstown Engine 1, a 2013 KME Predator with a 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon tank and foam system.
All units went available around 2350.
Here is the complete assignment via Washington Co. MD Fire Calls FB page:
423 W FRANKLIN ST – HOUSE FIRE – E04,E01,E05,TRK4,TWR26,UT3,CA31,E02,E03,SU32,S754,CO25,SO20,U255,FM3,M754,RS20@ 20:06 (01)
Special thanks to Washington Co. MD. Fire Calls (https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonCoMdFireCalls) for allowing me to post their arrival shots of the fire.