Hagerstown city (MD) firefighters responded to a reported house fire on Jefferson St. (east side of downtown Hagerstown) Saturday night (2/5/17) around 9:15 p.m. They encountered heavy fire from multiple sides and the attic of the 2-story, wood-framed duplex structure. Command quickly escalated the box assignment to include rapid intervention and safety assignments. Crews aggressively worked the interior of the duplex but were pushed back by heavy fire and smoke. Evacuation tones were sounded multiple times during the first 20 minutes of the incident.
Interior teams re-entered the complex and knocked the heavy fire. Truck companies worked the roof and attic areas to expose fire that had extended into the walls. All occupants of the duplex self evacuated. Crews remained on scene for hours to perform overhaul.
Command ordered an additional engine and squad company and eventually a 2nd alarm for manpower to assist the initial crews. Companies from Washington County including Longmeadow, Funkstown, Maugansville, Halfway, Washington County Special Operations, the Rehab and Air units assisted in the incident.