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Not your typical garage fire
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Just as Hartly's Volunteers were about to leave for fire school the station along with Queen Annes County Station 6 (Sudlersville) and Kent County Paramedics were alerted for a garage fire. Engine 51-2 arrived to find an approximate 20x40 garage with light smoke coming from the eaves on the bravo and delta sides. Crews made quick work placing a handline in service through the opening bay door on the delta side. Engine 51-3 pulled a backup handline to a door on the alpha side. Interior crews found high head and heavy smoke conditions on a second floor loft area. Crews extinguished the fire and went into overhaul operations. Crew from Rescue 51-6 assisted with pulling the soffit from the eaves when Kent Center receieved additional information of a known meth lab inside the structure.

Command evaucuated all units from the structure and kept them seperated from the other crews. Station 54 (Little Creek) was alerted for the Decon units and DNREC and DSP responded for the Meth Lab. Smoke conditions dissipated in the structure and command placed the situation under control. Upon arrival of 54, crews assisted with setting up the decon unit. Crews from Engines 2 and 3 and the Rescue were decontaminated and assessed for precaution. No injury or illness was reported. Crews from Station 6 asssited DNREC and DSP with operations inside the structure. At the conclusion of the investigation all units cleared. Photos coutesy of Kenny Rife (Station 45)

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