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Multiple Pets Survive Chestertown Dwelling Fire

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

At 11:52 pm on Sunday, March 27, 2022, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, along with multiple mutual aid companies, was dispatched for the structure fire in the 24600 block of Chestertown Road (Maryland 20). This was between Broad Neck Road (Maryland 446) and Camp Road. Multiple 9-1-1 callers were reporting fire showing.

First arriving found a one (1) story, single-family, rancher style dwelling with heavy fire in the garage area, and significant extension (fire spread) into the home, especially into the attic space. Crews deployed three (3) 1-3/4” hose lines from our Engine 68 and went to work gaining control of the fire. There were two dogs, two cats, and a pet bird in the home. Unfortunately, one of the dogs perished in the fire, however, one dog, two cats, and a bird were saved.

The Maryland State Fire Marshals Office was requested. They are conducting an Origin & Cause Investigation. Delmarva Power responded to the scene and secured electrical power to the property. The American Red Cross was requested to assist the homeowners.

The fire was placed under control at 12:53 am. At the time of this release, there were no reported injuries to civilians or emergency personnel. There were 50 firefighters and emergency personnel at this incident.

To maintain fire and life safety coverage for the Chestertown and surrounding community during this incident, the Clayton VFC (Delaware) sent an engine, the Hacks Point VFC (Cecil County) provided a tanker.

Additional photographs have been added to the release.
Organizations & Agencies:
Chestertown VFC
Rock Hall VFC
Kennedyville VFC
Betterton VFC
Community Volunteer Fire Company of Millington
Galena VFC
Church Hill VFC
Crumpton VFC
Sudlersville VFC
Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad
Kent County EMS
Kent County Sheriffs Office
Maryland State Police
Maryland State Fire Marshals Office
Delmarva Power
American Red Cross

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JAMES RUSSUMCorrespondent

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