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First Arriving Engine on Fully-Involved Barn (Fire Box 44-3)

August 25th, 2006

A few hours before midnight on Friday, Jacksonville’s Volunteers were dispatched as the second engine company for a reported building fire on Carroll Road in Hereford’s first-due area. Engine 473 responded on the initial assignment. While still enroute, Dispatch provided updates that multiple calls had been received for a large glow in the sky, smoke throughout the area, and a hay barn on fire. After reaching a straightaway with a clear view on the way to the incident, it was evident that the structure was well-involved with fire. At that point, the officer on E473 requested a tanker strike team. This brought Jacksonville’s Engine 471 and Tanker Support Unit 474 along with numerous additional companies. E473 was the first unit on the scene, arriving approximately six minutes after dispatch. Chief 47 established command, reported a two-story barn that was fully involved, and requested a working fire assignment. Due to the rapid progression of the fire, an interior attack was impossible. The initial crew pulled a 2.5 inch “blitz” line and advanced it to protect exposures and began knocking the fire. The next arriving units worked to establish a draft site at a pond on the property and worked to get water to the scene. While an adequate water supply was established, the crew from 47 along with others from 44 and 39 advanced numerous other large attack lines. An aggressive exterior attack took place for the next eight hours as dozens of personnel worked through the night to get the fire under control. A bulldozer was requested to remove and break up large bales of hay that were hard to extinguish. Units finally cleared at approximately 6:30 a.m. but ended up returning to the scene for a re-kindle the next evening where crews spent an additional five hours working to extinguish small fires. Companies on the scene included Hereford, Jacksonville, Cockeysville, Texas, Jarrettsville, Lutherville, and Long Green.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, TSU474
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