Maryland News

Friday, January 15, 2021

VIDEO: Overnight House Fire in Lexington Park

On January 14, 2021, at approximately 11:43 p.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to a house fire on Virginia Way in Lexington Park. Crews arrived on the scene of a two-story single family home, with heavy fire showing. Fire Chief 3 requested additional tankers due to the area being a non-hydrant area. Firefighters shuttled over 50,000 gallons of water to the scene. Firefighters had the fire under control in approximately one hour. The family of two adults, three children and five dogs have been displaced due to the fire. No injuries have been reported. American Red Cross is assisting the family. The State Fire Marshal Office has been notified and requested to investigate the fire.
Bay Net

House fire near Port Deposit displaces occupants

An investigation is continuing after a blaze ripped through a house near Port Deposit over the weekend, displacing an unspecified number of occupants, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal. Occupants called 911 at 3:51 a.m. Saturday, after discovering the fire inside their home on Canal Road, according to fire officials, who further reported that the occupants were able to escape without injury and that no firefighter was injured while battling the blaze. An emergency dispatch indicated that flames were shooting through the roof when first responders arrived on the scene. Approximately 60 firefighters with several area volunteer fire companies battled the blaze for about 30 minutes, before bringing it under control, fire officials said. Water Witch Volunteer Fire Company of Port Deposit served as the on-scene command unit, fire officials added. - Metered Site

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Montgomery County Firefighters Rushed Into Capitol to Treat Other First Responders During Riot

As the world watched the Capitol riot unfold Wednesday, there were first responders who headed toward it, answering the call of duty despite crowds and chaos. “It was just very surreal, it felt like it was something out of a movie,” Andrew Parco, an EMT with the Glen Echo Volunteer Fire Department, said. Parco helped treat two Capitol Police officers who’d been attacked by rioters. He said he felt a sense of duty while treating fellow first responders. “We are going above and beyond to try and care for them, because they have helped protect others, and that’s really trying to watch out for each other’s backs," Parco said. Of the first responders on the front lines last week, many were volunteers. They’ve responded to emergencies for years, but said this was unlike anything else.
WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington

$125K In Damage After Harford County House Fire: Investigators

A house fire in Harford County started in the chimney and caused more than $100,000 in damage Wednesday morning, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The fire broke out in the 2500 block of Cool Spring Road around 8:50 a.m., the fire marshal said. Smoke was showing when crews arrived, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. Within 20 minutes, firefighters led by the Level Volunteer Fire Company contained the blaze, Gardiner said. Crews from Harford County and York County in Pennsylvania responded. Officials said one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene. People were advised to avoid Cool Spring Road for several hours due to the investigation.
Bel Air Patch

Pierre Gibbons Awarded Carnegie Medal For Running Into Burning Patterson Park Home To Rescue Elderly Neighbor In 2019

VIDEO: Pierre Gibbons, the man who ran into a burning home in Patterson Park to rescue his neighbor in Sept. 2019, was honored Wednesday with an award for his heroism. Gibbons was awarded the Carnegie Medal for his act of valor. On September 23, 2019, Gibbons ran in to rescue the elderly woman who lived inside the burning home on North Rose Street, suffering life-threatening injuries, including burns to more than 70% of his body, that kept him hospitalized for months with a 10% chance of survival. The neighbor he rescued, Sandy Sterling, later died. At a ceremony Wednesday, he reiterated a constant theme: he doesn’t consider himself a hero. “I’m kind of like, ‘Am I a hero or am I the dude who ran into a fire like an idiot?’ I don’t know, still working on that,” he joked.
WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore

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