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Engine Company runs house explosion in Calvert with heavy fire
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By Firefighter Mitchell Ruslander
May 28, 2018

On Monday, May 28th, 2018, at approximately 1110 hours, Benedicts Engine and Tanker 5 were alerted to a house fire in the 4000 block of Sparkleberry Court in Prince Frederick. Initial reports claimed an explosion was heard and a fire was visible. Engine 5-1,Tanker 5 and Chief 5 immediately responded. 1st arriving units from Prince Frederick found a single family home fully involved. Calvert Chief 2B established command and exterior operations only were performed. In addition upon arrival, the two occupants inside the home at the time of dispatch were found outside at a neighbor’s driveway. The pair from inside the house were conscious, alert and breathing. Helicopters were initially called for transport, but not available due to weather, and both were transported by ground to MedStar. At this time it appears a possible explosion took place, but the official cause of the fire is under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshals Office. A total of 60 firefighters assisted with the call.The home and vehicles on the property were destroyed, however, other structures on the property were threatened but ultimately saved during the incident. Company 5 units operated for approx. 4.5 hours before returning.

Units: 5-1, tanker 2
Mutual Aid: Calvert Engine 21,22,72,61 Calvert Tower 2 Calvert Truck 3 Calvert Squad 6 Calvert Tanker 2,7,3, State Fire Marshal State Bomb Squad Calvert EMS 4,6
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