At approximately 2:46 am on Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched mutual aid to the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company for the Dwelling Fire in the 20800 block of Humphreys Point Road. This is located off Maryland 445 north of Rock Hall.
As we were hosting several visiting firefighters from our sister company, East Brunswick Independent Fire Company of New Jersey, Chestertown equipment had a fairly speedy response time. These firefighters were billeted in our bunk room at the fire station.
The first unit from Rock Hall VFC arrived to find smoke showing from a 1-1/2 story single family dwelling. Our ladder truck, Tower 6, closely followed by our Engine 6, arrived not long after Rock Hall’s first unit. The fire was found to have originated in part of an attached utilities enclosure. It was discovered when one of the home’s occupants was awakened and noticed a glow outside the bedroom window. As no smoke had yet entered the structure, the smoke alarm(s) had not activated. Our personnel assisted with containment, extinguishment, smoke removal and overhaul. Overhaul is the process of ensuring the fire is completely out.
Chestertown VFC equipment and personnel operated on this incident for approximately two (2) hours.