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First Arriving Engine on Fire in Monkton Farms (Fire Box 44-3)

May 19th, 2006

At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Friday, units were dispatched for a dwelling fire in the Monkton Farms development in Hereford's first-due. Jacksonville 's Engine 473 was out the door and en-route to the incident within seconds of dispatch. While units were still responding, dispatch advised that there were multiple calls, some reporting fire shooting out of the roof. A column of smoke was evident from over five miles away. While still minutes from the scene, Hereford 's first engine requested a tanker strike team. Engine 473 was the first unit to arrive and the officer established command. A working fire assignment was then requested, bringing Jacksonville 's Air Unit 478. Due to a sharp bend in the driveway, the engine ended up getting stuck entering the driveway, but remained in its position to pump the entire fireground for hours. Crews on the scene pulled two 1 ¾” handlines and worked to make an aggressive exterior attack. So much of the house had been consumed by fire that an interior attack was not possible. Within a few minutes of putting initial handlines in service, the roof and second floor collapsed. Multiple larger handlines and monitors were put into operation as additional units arrived. Crews worked through the night attempting to extinguish the fire. Other companies on the call included Cockeysville, Long Green, and Texas.

Jacksonville Units: E473, AU478
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