By Battalion Chief Mark Davis
On May 20th, companies in the northern end of the 1st Battalion responded to a townhouse fire in the Castle Blvd area of Co. 15's response district. Units from Co.15 arrived on the scene to find smoke showing from a two-story middle of the row (MOR) townhouse. They located a fire in the basement and initiated an interior fire attack that resulted in a quick knockdown and extinguishment. Fortunately - there were no injuries to the occupants.
Basement fires are particularly dangerous for firefighters because access to the basement can be limited and a basement stairwell acts like a chimney channeling heat and smoke to the upper floors.
Nice work once again by the men and women of the 1st Battalion. We thank the folks at Burtonsville for sharing the photo.