Engine dispatched first due on second alarm during fire in Lanham (4+ Alarms)
By Vice President Brian Clements
Just after 12:30pm this afternoon, Box Alarm 18-03 was dispatched to the area of Aerospace Road and Hubble Drive for the reported building on fire. Ambulance 819 arrived on the scene with the corrected address of the 10100 block of Dorsey Lane and advised a three story townhouse block under construction fully involved. First arriving suppression units requested the second and third alarms within a matter of minutes after arriving on the scene.
At 12:48pm, Engine 131 (E813), Truck 837 and Ambulance 811B were dispatched to transfer to Station 48 (West Lanham Hills VFD #2). As soon as command requested the second alarm, Engine 131 was placed as first due engine on the second. After arriving on the scene, Engine 131’s crew was assigned to work on the fire ground performing engine company operations until released by command hours later.
A fourth alarm equivalent incident with a number of special calls were received from Prince George’s, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Howard, Calvert and Charles counties. A total of twelve townhomes were completely destroyed, nineteen units with minor damage, two tractor trailer trucks and a vehicle involved, plus a four acre brush fire. Twenty-six families were displaced and are receiving assistance by the American Red Cross.
Photos 2 & 3 courtesy of Billy McNeel, CSU 890
Units: E131 (E813)
Mutual Aid: Units by alarms; 1st: E818, E835, E811, E848, TW819, TK814, TK812, A819; WFD: E828, TK833, MD818, SEMSDO, REHAB800, SO800, VSO; 2nd: E813 (first due), TK837, E839B, E831B, E809, TK855, SQ806P, AU716, CAN801, WS825; 3rd: E816P, PE846, E849, TW810, TK843; Specials 4th Equivalent: PE830, PE805, TW719, TW826, HTN11, BR1014 with ATV1014, WS1008 with ATV1008, CAGAT01, ABR27, BR823, BR848, F812, HSC812, Host of Command Staff