Working Structure Fire in Salisbury, Maryland

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On August 31, 2005 at 22:52 hours, Salisbury's Stations 1, 2, and 16 were alerted for a reported working structure fire in the 300 block of Delaware Ave. A citizen had run into City Police headquarters located across the street from the incident to report the fire. In seconds, City Police cruisers were on the scene confirming a working fire in an occupied dwelling.

Deputy Chief 2 arrived on the scene with a 2 1/2 story dwelling reporting a working fire on side "A" with heavy smoke conditions. Deputy Chief 2 established Delaware Ave. Command. E16 arrived on the scene taking position on the hydrant in front of the adjacent address leaving room for the truck. E16's crew quickly placed two 1.75 hand lines in service making a quick knock on the bulk of the fire.

Truck 16, the first due truck, had the address and began opening up. Due to the balloon frame construction of the older home, there was a large amount of extension in the walls on side "A". The crew of Truck 2 was assigned the task of opening up the walls of side "A" on division 2. Asst. Chief 1 was in charge of division 2. All companies on the scene worked in rotation to bring the fire under control.

One injury was reported, the driver of Truck 16 sustained a broken ankle after setting up the rig for work. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office investigated the incident and determined that an electric fan had caused the fire.

Units on scene: Deputy Chief 2, Assistant Chief 1, Engine 16, Truck 16, Truck 2, Engine 210, Engine 1, Squad 1, Paramedic 1, and Paramedic 2.