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Units Respond to Christmas Morning Dwelling Fire (Fire Box 39-18)

December 25th, 2007

At 1037 hours on Tuesday, units from Cockeysville and other nearby fire stations were dispatched for the report of a house on fire in the 14500 block of Western Road. Additional information advised that the female caller had started a fire in the fireplace Christmas morning and it had gotten out of control. Units arrived on the scene minutes later to find a two story dwelling with fire showing. A tanker strike team was then requested, bringing a number of units including Jacksonville's Engine 471. A few minutes later, Air Unit 478 was dispatched along with other units when a working fire assignment was requested. While both units from Jacksonville were still enroute, crews on the scene worked to make an aggressive interior attack. Just as E471 was arriving on scene, command advised that the incident was under control and began to scale back the number of units committed. Engine 471 cleared and returned to the station while Air Unit 478 remained on the scene for two hours filling bottles as personnel performed salvage and overhaul operations. Firefighters rescued two out of 18 cats that were inside the house. The homeowner suffered minor injuries when she attempted to punch out windows to allow the cats to escape.

Jacksonville Units: E471, AU478

Other Units: E391, E392, TSU394, E17, TOW17, E14, HM114, M395, EMS7, BC11, E501, TT454, TSU504, U408, E60, E442, SU407, E14, E441, E413, E452, E441, E302, E493, E101, TSU444, E401, TT446, S303, E503, REH153, REH154, REH155
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