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Late Night Building Fire

posted Aug 27, 2012, 4:05 PM by Charles Mitchell
On August 22nd at 03:25 Aetna, along with Christiana Fire company (3-6-12), Singerly Fire Company (Cecil County 3-13-14), and Chesapeake City Fire Company (Cecil county 2-12), was alerted for a building fire at 2834 Pulaski Highway.  As Engine 9-5 went responding, they were advised that a passer by had called in the fire but could not get to where the building was due to a locked gate.  As units got closer to the scene, they were advised that the owner had arrived to open the gate and that he was reporting fire from the building.  Tankers were then requested to respond due to the limited hydrants located in the area.  9-5 arrived at 03:37 finding fire thoughout 1 building and a shed that had already burned to the ground.  This added Volunteer Hose Company (1-27) for the RIT, NCC EMS Medic 6, and Ambulance B-6 to the response. Engines 3-6 and 12-6 arrived just behind 9-5 and they began supplying them with additional water as well as laying a supply line up the long driveway.  2 hand lines were placed in service, and the crews first made a quick exterior knock down of the fire.  1 hand line was then advanced into the building in order to extinguish the fire.  Engine 7-4 arrived and was able to bring in a supply line from the hydrant located at a near by gas station.  As crews from 7-4, Squrt 7, Engine 8-2, and Rescue 8 arrived, they assisted with fire ground operations.  Once a water supply was established, 9-5's booster line was also placed in service in order to extinguish what was left of the shed.  Chief 9-8 had command and placed the incident under control at 04:03 and held the incident to Aetna and Christiana units at 04:09.  Units remained on scene for almost another 90 minutes completeing extinguishment and overhaul before all units were clear at 05:37.  The scene was then turned over to the Delaware State Fire Marshal for the investigation. 

Units on Scene: A-7, 7-4, Squrt 7, 8-2, Rescue 8, 9-5, Ladder 9, 10-2, 10-5, 3-6, 12-6, Tanker 2, B-6, Medic 6, and DSFM 

Story By: Asst. Chief Daniels

Pictures Courtney: J. Jankowski