At approximately 2:45 PM (14:45) on June 15th, Engine 41 was alerted to respond to South Main Street and Fairwood Lane in Carroll County Company 1's (Mount Airy) first due area. Engine 41 immediately responded with a crew of 5 personnel and switched over to the Carroll County fire ground channel. Upon switching over, Engine 12, from Mount Airy, advised they were on the scene of a single story commercial structure with fire through the roof and called for the Rapid Intervention Dispatch and a second alarm bringing Engine Tanker 44 and Paramedic 45 as well as multiple other units to the scene.
While en route, Engine 41 had a visible column of smoke from the interstate. Upon arrival at the scene, Engine 41 was advised to proceed to the delta side and place a fire attack hand line in service to protect the exposures, one of which being a house adjacent to the fire building. The crew deployed a 2.5" hose line and a 1.75" bundle line for the long stretch needed to reach the far end of the building. During a quick survey of the charlie/delta corner of the fire building, it was noted that there was what appeared to be an office or living space that the fire had not quite reached. The officer and one firefighter from 41, forced the door and advised command of the moderate smoke conditions inside the space and that they were going to make a quick primary search to ensure the occupants had not gotten trapped in the room. After proceeding into another room inside, a doorway to the fire area was found with heavy fire just past it and the crew backed out to a safer area and waited for a line. Shortly after the all clear was given from 41's crew doing the search, the evacuation tones were sounded and command ordered everyone out of the building.
Crews operated for approximately 7 hours assisting with extinguishment.
Engine Tanker 44 was assigned side charlie and supplied Carroll County Tower 12 (Sykesville) and Frederick County Truck 41 (Citizens Truck Company) with water to aid in the fire suppression efforts.
Special thanks to Trevor James and Doug Walton for the photos. Credit to be given where noted.