Today at 1017 hours in Washington County (Maryland-West central Maryland) their 911 Center received numerous calls reporting a structure fire at 17847 Carter Lane in Hagerstown, MD. Fire companies from Funkstown, Fairplay, Halfway, Hagerstown and Williamsport were alerted to respond. As units responded, they had a large column of smoke and additional companies were requested.
Companies from Funkstown arrived at 1027 hours and had a large garage-style building with a second floor apartment with heavy fire. During initial firefighting operations, 3 Firefighters were injured.
At least two of the Firefighters jumped from an exterior stairway after the garage roof collapsed. The burned Firefighter was in the lead as the three climbed an exterior stairway to try to extinguish the fire on the garage’s second floor. As the Firefighter in the lead continued onto the second floor, the roof collapsed onto the stairwell. The lead Firefighter was able to self-extricate through a flaming doorway and off the stairs. The other two Firefighters had jumped off the stairs.
The Firefighter who had been in the lead was flown to MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s burn center in Washington, D.C., where he was admitted to the intensive care unit with first, second and third-degree burns to his upper torso, hands and legs.
The remaining Firefighters were transported by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center for evaluation. Additional fire and EMS companies were brought to the scene to control the fire and provide treatment to the injured firefighters.
Additional companies from Washington, Frederick and Berkeley Counties along with the Hagerstown FD and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded, bringing 76 firefighters. Water supply was provided by both hydrants and tankers. The fire was brought under control by noon and was contained to the building of origin. No civilians were injured.