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February 19, 2004

Fatal fire in Waldorf MD
On February 18, 2004 @ 1646hrs units from Waldorf were alerted for a possible house fire on Jubilee Way in the Carrington Townhomes.
First arriving Chief 3A, Clark Embrey, found a working middle-of-the-row townhouse fire with fire showing from a second floor window. Neighbors were unable to advise if anyone was still inside, however several dogs could be heard barking. As Engine 33 arrived on the scene, Chief 3A forced entry through the front door in an effort to release the dogs. Upon opening the door, Chief 3A heard a female voice calling for help and entered the residence to perform a search. He quickly located a female victim on the 1st floor of the residence.

Chief 3A passed the victim to Sergeant Ben Jenkins who removed her from the burning house. Engine 33's crew advanced a 1¾" preconnect line to the 2nd floor and made an aggressive interior attack on the fire. After the fire in the 2nd floor bedroom was extinguished, firefighters performed a search and discovered the body of an elderly male inside. The Charles County Sheriffs Office Crime Scene Unit and the Maryland State Fire Marshalls Office were called to the scene to investigate. At this time, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire was controlled within 10 minutes, however units remained on the scene for over 4 hours to assist the CCSO and Fire Marshall with the investigation. The female victim was flown by Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 2 to the Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit with undisclosed injuries.

Waldorf Responding Units: Engine 33, Engine 32, Rescue Squad 3, Engine 122, Ambulance 37, Ambulance 38, and Paramedic Ambulance 128. 

Mutual Aid Units: La Plata Truck 1, Hughesville Squad 2, Brandywine Engine 402, Accokeek Tower 24, Bryans Road Engine 112, and Medic 21.

Landing Site: Bryans Road Engine 112 and MSP Trooper 2.