On Saturday May 26 at 1439 hours (2:39 pm), Frederick County 911 received a call for a house fire in the unit block of West Road in the Town of Mount Airy. Carroll County then dispatched Box Alarm 01-15 for a "working house fire" at that location. While enroute, dispatch advised that MAVFC personnel living in the neighborhood were on the scene confirming a working fire. Chief 1 requested the Rapid Intervention Dispatch immediately based on that information.
Safety 1-1 was first on the scene and reported a single family home with fire showing from the front of the house and assumed command. Engine 12 and Paramedic 18 arrived shortly thereafter and layed a 5" supply line from a fire hydrant at West Road and Crown Street which was picked up and pumped by Tanker 1. The engine pulled past the house and crews began stretching attack lines to fight the fire. Crews found the occupants outside of the house. They advised that everyone was out of the house. Engine 12 began an aggressive interior fire attack while ladders were thrown by other personnel and the medic unit on-scene.
The bullk of the fire was knocked down very quickly as other units were arriving on the scene. Crews from Rescue 1 and Frederick Engine 153 assisted Engine 12 with final extinguishment and checking for fire extension throughout the home. Utilities were secured and no further fire extension was found.
Due to the temperatures and humidity, crews were rotated through rehab fairly quickly and other crews brought in to help with overhaul after the Frederick County Fire Marshal's office finished their investigation.
There were no civilian injuries and one minor fire department injury. Damages were estimated at approximately $100,000 and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Frederick County Office of the Fire Marshal. The American Red Cross was assisting the home owners with after the fire items. Units cleared the scene shortly after 1700 hours (5:00 pm).