alarm apartment building fire
of Kentland VFD
December 22, 2003,
while units were being transferred to the south side of the county for
a warehouse fire, a box Alarm was dispatched to the 5600 block of Whitfield
281 (West Lanham) arrived on the scene with heavy fire showing from side
3 of a 3-story garden apartment. Engine 481 (West Lanham) picked up E-281's
supply line. Truck 28 took the 1st due position on side 1, which made T-33
the 2nd due truck. Next arriving on the scene was E-331 (Kentland) and
T-33 (Kentland), with the heavy fire conditions and the reports of persons
trapped both units took positions on side 3 (rear).
Units had to remove
a wooden fence and travel through over 600' of mud to get to their vehicles
positioned on side 3. Engine 331 advanced a 250' 1 1/2 attack line up a
ground ladder and into the 2nd floor. This line was operated on the original
fire floor, along with E-281's crew. Another attack line was also in position
on the top floor from E-281.
Truck 33 placed their
aerial ladder to the roof and began a trench cut and ventilation cut. Six
ground ladders were placed on side 3 of the fire building. Several attack
lines were also deployed from Engine 331. The next arriving Engine did
not pick up the Supply line laid by Engine 331 (?). The hydrant that E-281
laid from was defective; so E-481 laid to the hydrant that E-331 laid from
and supplied E-281 and E-331.
|Units operated on
the fire ground for over 5-hours. Several civilians were injured, one civilian
jumped from a balcony in the rear prior to units arriving. A very aggressive
attack by the 1st arriving units proved to make a quick knock down of the
fire and save many apartments from further damage.
on the fire ground advanced attack lines and performed many support functions.
Volunteer Operations Commander McClellen had Command, Volunteer Chief Miller
(28B) had Operations. Also on the scene was Lieutenant Colonel McGown Operations