19 February 2017

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At 6:16 pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company and mutual aid companies was dispatched for a house fire in the 24,600 block of Chestertown Road, a.k.a. Maryland 20. That is near Broad Neck Road, a.k.a. Maryland 446. A 9-1-1 caller (neighbor) was reporting the neighbor’s porch on fire. A subsequent call indicated the fire was out.

Units responded at 6:20 pm. Utility 8 with the Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad was the first to arrive. The status was updated to indicate fire damage to the wall with smoke issuing from between the cracks. Utility 8 also reported one civilian burn injury at the location. This patient was subsequently transported by K&QA Rescue Squad ambulance to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. The patient was treated and released. As there was a burn injury associated with this incident, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office was notified, per protocol.

Fire units arrived at 6:25 pm. Firefighters deployed a single 1-3/4″ hose line from the engine. Using hand tools carried on the engine, the outer wall covering was removed to expose the inner wall studs. It was found no significant fire extension (spread) had penetrated the interior wall. This incident was placed “Under Control” at 6:33 pm. Being careful to preserve the area of fire origin, firefighters then conducted a limited “overhaul” of the burned area. Overhaul is the term we use to ensure the fire is completely out.

As previously stated, there was one civilian burn injury. There were no injuries to fire personnel. Also, as previously stated, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded and is conducting an “origin & cause” investigation. Crews operated on this incident for two hours, thirty-eight minutes.

Companies dispatched / operating on this incident:
Chestertown VFC
Rock Hall VFC
Kennedyville VFC
Betterton VFC
Church Hill VFC
Kent County (career) EMS
Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office



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