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Jacksonville is First-Arriving Engine to Fourth Fire in Two Weeks (Fire Box 47-9)

July 29th, 2009

At 2235 hours Wednesday night, units from Station 47 and the surrounding area were alerted for a report of a possible house fire in the 2800 block of York Manor Road. Jacksonville’s Engine 471 responded and arrived a few minutes later to find a two-story single-family dwelling with heavy fire showing from the garage side of the house. Command was established and a working fire assignment along with two engines and a tanker were requested. Water supply units were directed to establish a draft site at the Papermill Village Shopping Center where an underground 50,000 gallon firefighting water tank was located. Initial crews stretched a 1 ¾ inch handline and proceeded through the front door to keep the fire from spreading further into the house on the first floor. As additional units arrived, they brought an additional handline to the second floor to knock down fire spreading into the bedroom adjacent to the garage. A third handline was used to flow water into the garage from the exterior in coordination with interior crews. The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down and some of the units still enroute were placed in service. Crews remained on scene for some time performing salvage and overhaul operations and assisting investigators. Investigators determined the cause was spontaneous combustion of polyurethane-soaked rags in the garage. All units cleared the scene at 0143 hours. A total of 7,000 gallons was used from the underground tank at Papermill Village. This was the second time in two weeks this tank had been used and the fourth time in two weeks that such a tank had been used in the Jacksonville area.

Jacksonville Units: E471, E473, TSU474, M475, SU476, U477

Other Units: E392, E382, TOW17, E17, BC11, IV395, TSU394, E391, E442, S303, E291, SAFE4, REH153, REH154, REH155, Harford County Mutual Aid
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