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Both Engines Respond to Hereford Dwelling Fire (Fire Box 44-9)

October 5th, 2004

On Tuesday, units from Northern Baltimore County were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire on Gifford Lane, directly behind the Hereford fire station. As Engine 442 was pulling out of the station, it was obvious that the house was on fire and a tanker strike team was requested. Numerous units from nearby stations responded, including Jacksonville’s E471 and E473. E442 laid a supply line from the end of the driveway and advised dispatch that fire and heavy smoke was showing from the eaves of the house. First arriving crews made entry and attacked the fire from the front in an effort to push the fire back out the rear. Crews from other companies worked to pull additional hand lines to try and knock some of the fire from the exterior. Engine 441 laid 1,000 feet of supply line from the 40,000 gallon underground cistern located at the Hereford station. Other engine companies worked to complete the lay and set up for drafting and relay operations. It took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Crews were on the scene for approximately 2.5 hours. Investigators determined that the fire was started when lint in a dryer vent ignited. The exterior of the house then caught fire along with the storage shed next to the house.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473
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