While members were working on some house work and fixing a late lunch, the box assignment was started to the 4300blk of Torque St in Company 17s area. The initial Engine company on the scene reported an electrical fire in the basement. While units were responding the situation soon escalated with fire showing from multiple basement windows. Truck 37 arrived as the 2nd due truck and performed exterior operations as well as being assigned division 1 per command. Units were met with “pack-rat” conditions on all floors which made the progress of placing the fire under control difficult. The working fire dispatch along with the fire task force were sounded to assist with operations. The fire was marked under control within in an hour and extensive overhaul took place. The truck company operated for about 3 hours on the scene before returning to service.
The membership of the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department is saddened to announce the passing of Rose Cunningham. The Cunningham name has become one of the names synonymous with the Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department over the last 44 years as several members of the Cunningham family are or have been active members of Ritchie. Mrs. Cunningham was the mother of past Chief William Cunningham Sr., past Assistant Chief Richard Cunningham Sr. and she was the Grandmother of past Assistant Chief Christopher Cunningham, past President Richard Cunningham Jr and current Assistant Chief William Cunningham Jr. Mrs. Cunningham was beloved by many and will be missed by all. The services are listed below and will be updated as any changes are made by the family.
Viewing is Tuesday February 9th, 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm
at Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, MD
Lee Funeral Home is located at 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd, Clinton, MD 20735 · (301) 868-0900
Services and Burial will be Wednesday February 10th at 11:30 am at Lee Funeral home, burial to follow services at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, MD
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery is located at 11301 Crain Hwy, Cheltenham MD 20623
Just after 1300 hours, Truck 37 was dispatched for a reported house on fire in the 9300 block of Old Marlboro Pike. The truck company arrived to find a 1 story single family wood frame dwelling with smoke showing from all sides. The inside team made an aggressive push with the first arriving engine to find a couple rooms off in the back of the house. The exterior crew threw 3 16′ ladders and vented the alpha and bravo sides.
Just after 1600 hours, Engine 371 was alerted for a house on fire in the 2200 block of Oak Glen Way. Chief 37B arrived first reporting a 2 story, wood frame, cape cod with fire showing from the rear and established the command. Engine 371 laid a line from the corner and stretched an 1 1/2 through the front door to the seat of the fire. The crew encountered 2 rooms off which were additions in the rear and got a knock on them before any other units arrived on scene. Command scaled the incident back to 2 and 2 at the 30 minute mark to help the FM units and complete overhaul.
Just before 0500 hrs on Saturday morning, the assignment for the house on fire was sounded in the 5700 block of Dade Street in Seat Pleasant. As units were responding, PSC provided and update in which the caller said that the house next door was on fire and had fire conditions throughout. Engine Company 5 arrived on scene and reported a single family dwelling with a basement and fire showing from the basement and the first floor. While making entry on the first floor, the floor inside the doorway gave way sending the lineman from Engine Company 5 down into the basement. The MAYDAY was sounded immediately for the downed fire fighter. Truck 37 was dispatched 2nd due and arrived as such, reporting directly to the basement division and quickly turned their focus to the reported downed fire fighter. The crew from Tower 33 made way into the area of the reported MAYDAY and located the lineman who was removed without injury and assisted by Truck 37 to exit the structure. The MAYDAY was quickly mitigated and Truck 37 returned to normal operations in the basement conducting searches, controlling utilities and opening up for extinguishment of the fire. The fire was brought under control quickly with command holding companies 5, 33 and 37 for overhaul.