Firefighters from Beltsville and surrounding stations were alerted to a house fire in the 4100 block of Ulster Road this morning just before 10:00 am.

Video by Capt. Zalenski (Co. 12)
Response & Arrival with Chief 812

Posted April 11, 2011.

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Comment by Larry Taggart on April 20, 2011 at 5:56pm
To be honest the FD could have stayed home and done just as good of a job. Does the sixe @ 1/2" hose mean anything.
Comment by Chip Branam on April 12, 2011 at 11:50pm
I would not be bragging about this one. Rethink the interior firefight these days folks. Unless they had good intel about a viable victim, the interior attack here is just asking for big trouble. A 360 would have told them the "structure", not just contents, is too far gone to risk anyone inside. This is classic lightweight construction...the garage has already collapsed and the attic is fully involved overhead! Well placed, early exterior lines likely would have prevented a complete and utter loss. Interior firefighting is fun, but this ain't 1960 conventional construction anymore Toto, that it's deadly lightweight crap..
Comment by Eric Reeves on April 12, 2011 at 11:47pm
Interior search if possible, set up ladder truck ops and go defensive upon evacuation of everyone. Possibly water problems due to a lot of standing around, I assume. Don't understand why everyone carrying ladders to the fire at this stage, did I miss something.
Comment by T. Olsen on April 12, 2011 at 2:20pm
A 100' pre-connect 2.5" with a 500gpm light weight monitor (blitz fire or R.A.M. Rapid Attack Monitor) with a 1 person deployment in about 30seconds would have done wonders on this fire (even with just tank water) with little or no firefighter risk. Knocking down the bulk of the heat will buy you some time to get resources on scene and improve firefighter safety. Just my 2 cents for what its worth.
Comment by Jason Smith on April 12, 2011 at 11:25am
Battalion.1 Request a box,and utillies A-D side command,
Battalion.2 B-C side command
Eng.1 Take a 2-2/half line to the b-side knock down the fire garage.
Eng.2 Supply eng.1 take a secound 2-2/half line to C-D side.
Truck.1 quick interior search. 2nd vent horzantial 3rd set up for a blitz attack.
Eng.3 Supply truck 1 water tower
Rescue.2 stand by as RIT
Eng.4 find a second water source.
Med.2 Staging.
Med.5 Staging.
Comment by Tyler Lyons on April 12, 2011 at 10:42am
Comment by brian white on April 12, 2011 at 8:39am
was there a problem with a hydrant?early on i thought i heard someone say that.
Comment by John Sherrer on April 12, 2011 at 8:06am
I love the guy in a turnout coat taking pics with his phone. What an asset to the dept.
Comment by Tracy Carleton on April 11, 2011 at 4:46pm
Big, big fire, big big water! Master streams, baby!!!
Comment by Thom Cronin on April 11, 2011 at 3:44pm
Aside from an initial interior search for victims, this should have been a defensive operation from the start. Clearly this is lightweight construction and with that much fire on arrival you're not going to save it. It would appear the attack crew at the front door didn't have the bigger picture of what was happening on the B and C sides.

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