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Dwelling Fire - Richard Drive, Chestertown

Friday, December 4, 2020
At 5:36 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 the Chestertown VFC, along with mutual aid units, was dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Richard Drive, located in Byford Heights… within the Town of Chestertown, for a reported structure fire. The 9-1-1 caller was reporting a fire involving a microwave oven, with fire and smoke visible.
First arriving units found a one-story brick rancher with smoke showing and fire through a small portion on the back side of the roof. Firefighter’s on first-arriving Engine 6 deployed an 1-3/4” hose to the front door and made an aggressive interior attack to the seat of the fire. As they pushed in, they found fire had partial possession of the kitchen, involving mostly the kitchen cabinetry. The fire had breached the ceiling and was starting to extend into the attic crawlspace and had already burned through to the outside around a roof mounted kitchen vent.
Firefighters executed a textbook “knockdown”, immediately darkening the fire. As Tower 6 arrived, a crew was sent to the roof with a power-saw to open-up the roof deck, and extinguishing visible fire found in / near the opening made by the fire and subsequent cutting operations. With smoke removal underway, firefighters turned their efforts towards overhaul, i.e., making sure the fire is completely out. Prior to clearing the fire scene, we utilized roof patching materials carried for this explicit purpose, to cover the hole in the roof, making the structure weather tight.
Early in the incident, Delmarva Power was requested for the purpose of disconnecting the electric power. This temporarily displaced the resident, who was taken in by family.
We operated at this incident for approximately 90 minutes. There were no injuries to emergency personnel.
Departments dispatched to and operating at this incident:
Chestertown VFC
Kennedyville VFC
Church Hill VFC
Crumpton VFC
Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad
Kent County EMS
Departments dispatched for transfer / fill-in assignments:
Rock Hall VFC
Betterton VFC
Millington VFC
Sudlersville VFC

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