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Attached Garage Fire in Hereford (Fire Box 44-31)

May 26th, 2004

Companies from Northern Baltimore County fire stations were dispatched for a dwelling fire assignment on Wednesday. Initial units included Battalion Chief 1, Engine 441, Engine 442, Tanker Support 444, Engine 451, Harford County Engine 711, York County Engine 58-1, York County Tower 58, Engine 494, and Engine 431. Multiple 911 calls reported an attached garage on fire. While still en-route, E442 advised dispatch they had a large column of smoke from a few miles away and requested a tanker strike team. As units arrived, they advised that they had an attached garage, fully involved, with extension into the attic of a large two story wood frame dwelling. A working fire profile was then requested, bringing Jacksonville’s Air Unit 478 and other units. Crews pulled multiple hand lines and made an interior attack from the second floor into the attic. A third line was used to knock some of the fire on the exterior of the dwelling. It took approximately thirty minutes for the fire to be placed under control. Although the garage was a loss, the fire which spread to the attic of the dwelling was contained with only smoke and water damage to the rest of the home. Crews were on the scene for approximately two and a half hours. While units were committed to the incident, Jacksonville’s Engine 473 transferred to Station 44 while Engine 471 remained in the station standing by with a crew. Upon investigation, it was determined that the fire was ignited by a lawn mower stored in the garage.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, AU478

Other Units: E441, E442, B443, TSU444, SU448, E451, E452, TT454, YCE581, YCT58, E391, E392, TSU394, E17, M60, E494, E431, HCE711, HCE712, HCE1012, CCE22, REH153, REH154, REH155
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