Saturday morning at 12:10 am, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched as mutual aid to the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company for a house fire in Georgetown, near Fairlee. Crews arrived to find a single story ranch style home well involved with fire.
Upon arrival, the home owner informed the Rock Hall VFC that everyone was out of the house. When Tower 6 arrived, our crew assisted Rock Hall VFC personnel with fire attack. On arrival, our Engine 6 assisted by hooking to a nearby fire hydrant and supplying water to the incident scene. Due to there being a basement and the fire in an advanced stage, for the safety of firefighters, it was decided to operate defensively from the exterior. Soon after this decision was made, the roof collapsed and 3 out of 4 exterior walls buckled. Our Tower 6 was then placed into operation to provide Master Stream application from an elevated position.
Chestertown VFC crews remained at the scene assisting with operations until approximately 3 am. There were no injuries to emergency personnel. One civilian was taken to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown with unspecified injuries. The injuries are not believed to be serious, and the condition of the patient is not known at this time.
The Chestertown VFC expresses our appreciation to the Crumpton VFC. In order to maintain public safety coverage in Chestertown's first-due district, they filled our fire station with an engine and personnel.
Photographs courtesy of Chief Price, Kennedyville VFC.