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December 23, 2014 1329 Western Chapel Road Westminster Fire Department PIO report.

DATE: December 23, 2014

Dec. 23, 2014 1329 Western Chapel Rd Westminster Fire Department PIO report. 

Dec. 23, 2014 1329 Western Chapel Rd Westminster Fire Department PIO report. 

DISPATCH TIME: 2:49 a.m. - 02:49 CT: HOUSE FIRE 1329 WESTERN CHAPEL RD BOX: 0325 DUE: E31 E101 E81 E61 TO3 L5 ET82 TT6 BR105 X38 CS8

LOCATION: 1329 Western Chapel Road, Westminster, MD 21157 - BOX: 0325


INCIDENT DESCRIPTION: At 2:49 a.m. Carroll County firefighters and EMS personnel were dispatched to a report of a house fire in the 1300 unit block of Western Chapel Road, Box 0325 in Westminster.

Homeowner called the Emergency Operations Center at least twice. Initially to report of a fire on the porch. In the second call, about five-minutes later, the caller advised that the fire had “spread through porch through house.”

INITIAL ON-SCENE UNIT: Chief 3-1 arrived on the scene at 3:01.

Initial Findings: Upon arrival a working house fire was observed. R.I.T. response and a tanker task force was requested at 3:01. The building had already sustained damage and was extensively involved.

ACTIONS TAKEN: An initial exterior attack followed closely with an interior attack. A rural water supply was established.

The home was remotely located far back an uphill lane that extended a long distance from Western Chapel Road. The weather was overcast – with no moon showing, dark, raining and foggy with temperatures that hovered just above freezing.

The fire was declared under control at 5:22 a.m. Units cleared the scene at 6:08 a.m.

HAZ-MAT? None known.

TYPE OF Material INVOLVED: A two-story log home.

No known report of any injuries.

SCENE Victims: An extended family was present at the fire ground. Mary Ellen Crown is believed to have been the only person at home at the time – and made the call to the E.O.C. Ms. Crown mentioned that the home “was in a trust in the name of Daniel Crown.” In addition to a number of family members, Lisa Grossweiller was also present with Ms. Crown.

Ms. Crown said that there were active-working smoke alarms in the home. It was unclear if she was alerted to the presence of fire by the smoke alarm or if the smoke alarms later sounded once the fire had spread from the porch to the inside of the house.

EMERGENCY PERSONNEL: According to the E.O.C., there were approximately 60 – 70 firefighters and EMS personnel at the scene. In addition, Westminster Fire Department canteen, PIO and Chaplain were also on the scene as well as one or more Carroll County deputy Sheriffs and several personnel from the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshall.

BYSTANDERS: A large extended family was present throughout the fire suppression.

NUMBER OF ON-SCENE: There were approximately 60 – 70 Carroll County firefighters and EMS personnel at the scene from nine Carroll County volunteers’ fire departments. One unit and a number of firefighters from Lisbon, Howard County provided back-up fill-in for Westminster.

UNITS, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL, Mutual AIDE COMPANY(S,) and SPECIAL SUPPORT Services(s): Carroll County personnel from New Windsor, Union Bridge, Pleasant Valley, Westminster, Taneytown, Hampstead, Gamber, Winfield, and Lineboro responded.

Units cleared the scene at 6:08 a.m.

The homeowner was assisted by family and the American Red Cross.

The fire remains under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office.

Report filed by Westminster Volunteer Fire Department public information officer Chaplain Kevin E. Dayhoff. PIO


1329 Western Chapel Rd, BOX 0325 WESTMINSTER FIRE ENGINE and HOSE COMPANY No. 1 Time and date of the incident: Dec. 23, 2014 at 2:49 a.m.
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