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CHVFD Responds to 2 Alarm Apartment Fire in Silver Hill

On Saturday, July 23, 2005, at 1102 hours units were dispatched to 3919 23rd Parkway on Box 29-10 for an apartment fire. Engines 422,371, 384; Trucks 32, 25; Rescue Squad 47 and Battalion Chief 5 responded.

Units clearing a previous call on nearby Anvil Lane were also put on the call. Engines 231, 51, 373; Truck 17; and Battalion Chief 3 responded.

Arriving units found heavy fire on the third floor, middle of the row, apartment. Fire was rapidly advancing through the roof area.

Firefighters assisted a resident off of one of the third floor balconies via ground ladder.

Engine 51 was the first arriving engine on Side Charlie. The crew from 5 advanced a hose line up a ground ladder to the fire floor. The ceilings were pulled in the apartment adjacent to the fire apartment. An aggressive attack was made on the fire in the roof to keep it from extending further.

Chief 29 arrived on the scene at 1108 hours and called for the second alarm. Units responding were Engines 294, 271, 263, 235; Trucks 22, 21; Rescue Squad 8; Battalion Chief 1; Water Supply 25; and Breathing Air Unit 45.

Two firefighters were injured during the blaze. One firefighter was transported for burns to the ears. Another firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was treated at the scene.

Units were on the scene until approximately 1400 hours. Prince Goerge’s County Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross were on the scene to aid displaced residents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Sector Assignments:

Command- Chief 29
Operations – Battalion Chief 3 (Folks)
Side Charlie Sector- Chief 27 (Hendley)
Side Alpha Sector – Battalion Chief 5 (Thomas)
Division 3 – Chief 26A (Ingram)
Safety – Safety 1 (Globerman)
RIC Team – Engine 255
Search Group – Volunteer Operations Commander (Chief 5 – McClelland)
Duty Chief (Fletcher)
Deputy Chief 2 (Joy)
Division Chief 2 (Finamore)
Accountability – Chief 23 (Wilhite)