Firefighters Trapped At Maryland House Fire - Part 1

On Feb. 24, 2012, the Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) responded to a fire in a single-family dwelling fire in Riverdale Heights. During firefighting operations, seven firefighters were injured. Some of these...


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Engine 801 – Engine 801 was dispatched as third-due engine. The crew laid out a three-inch supply line from 5715 Sheridan St. and positioned on 57th Avenue behind Truck 809. Crew members stretched a 400-foot 1¾-inch attack line from Engine 801 as a third attack line. They ran the line down the Bravo side of the Bravo-exposure building and ended up on side Charlie of 6404 57th Ave. Engine 801’s personnel arrived on side Charlie of the structure, where Engine 809 had already begun an attack on the fire from the side-Charlie basement door. After the evacuation, Engine 801 personnel were directed to enter the basement from side Charlie and continue extinguishing any hot spots.

Engine 812 – Engine 812 was dispatched as the fourth-due engine and ensured the water supply for Engine 801, which laid out a supply line from 5715 Sheridan St. The crew from Engine 812 stretched a 400-foot attack line from Engine 812 and extended it with another 250 feet of hoseline from standpipe packs (the fourth attack line). The crew advanced the line to side Charlie and stood by awaiting direction from the incident commander. Their attack line was used to extinguish hot spots.

Rescue Squad 801 – Rescue Squad 801 was dispatched as the third-due special service. Rescue Squad 801 positioned two blocks down on Ravenswood Road and was assigned rapid intervention crew duties. The injured firefighters were already out of the structure when Rescue Squad 801 Officer reached the command post. The incident commander ordered Rescue Squad 801 to perform a search of the first floor (Division 1) to ensure no other firefighters were still inside the house. Rescue Squad 801 Officer and crew members began a search and found no additional firefighters. (Note: The seventh injured firefighter, from Station 812, sustained a minor laceration to the hand and self-transported to the hospital after the incident.)

Next: Fire behavior before and after fire department arrival. A complete copy of the PGFD safety investigation report is available at www.PgfdFireReport.com.