At approximately 2136 hours on November 13th, a box alarm was struck for a house fire in the 19200 block of James Monroe Highway. Engine Companies 601, 605, 607, 622, 602, Truck 601, Tower 602, Tankers 601, 605, and 607, Deputy Chief 601, Battalion 602 and 601, Ambulance 613 were dispatched. Units arrived on the scene with smoke and fire showing, causing command to request a Tanker Task Force. That brought Tankers 610, 608, and 604 to the scene, along with an Engine from station 606.
Wagon 601 and Truck 601 were first on the scene, followed quickly by Wagon 605. Together, these units made entry, attempting to gain access to a fire that was following a chimney line up the Bravo side of the structure. The fire was hit from the exterior as well, allowing the interior units to open up the plaster and lathe walls and extinguish any extension. The fire was under control quickly, but crews remained on the scene until about 0030 hours, performing salvage and overhaul, as well as ensuring all hotspots had been extinguished.
Deputy Chief 601 (Cook) had James Monroe Command. He was assisted by BC 602 (Wright) at the command post and BC 601 (Short) with water supply. (Special thanks to the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office for quickly closing down traffic on Route 15!!!) No injuries occurred on this call. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s office.
Additional photos are at http://photos.kusterers.net/p596372899
Steve Kusterer – LVFC Photo 601
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