Thursday July 26 at 2036 hours, Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 5512 Greenock Road in Lothian for the house fire. Communications advised units enroute that they had received multiple calls.
Anne Arundel arrived on location with fire showing from the second floor of a large renovated farmhouse. Prince Georges arrived next and began to establish a water supply. Dunkirk VFD Squad 5 arrived behind Engine 820 and both crews along with Chief 5 made their way to the second floor.
Due to limited water and a well advanced fire in a large renovated farmhouse, crews were unsuccessful in stopping the fire from advancing. The house is located in an area without fire hydrants, so a combination of supply hose line and a water tanker shuttle was used to supply water from a pond about 3,000 feet away. The 2nd Alarm was requested which brought Dunkirk VFD Ambulance 58 to the scene.
Unfortunately the house is a total loss. Units from Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Calvert County and the City of Annapolis operated on the scene through the overnight hours. Three firefighters from Dunkirk VFD were injured while fighting the fire. Two of them were treated and released. One firefighter remains hospitalized. Five firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The one firefighter who remained under care Friday morning suffered from possible smoke inhalation, said Capt. Russ Davies, fire department spokesman. Another firefighter was cut during the fight, one tripped and fell, while others didn’t recover quickly enough from the intense firefight.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Anne Arundel County Fire an Explosives Investigation Unit, which investigates all fires in the jurisdiction when the cause is not immediately known or it is suspicious. As of Friday morning, investigators had not been able to make contact with the home owners about the house and what was inside it, Davies said. Investigators also hadn’t stepped foot inside the house because there remain serious concerns about its structural integrity, with parts of walls and the ceiling collapsing during the fire.
There is no indication of explosives being involved, according to Cpt. Russell E. Davies Jr. of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
The damage estimate and the status of the smoke alarm are both still undetermined. The town of Lothian borders Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.