While conducting rapelling training at the Wheaton Metro parking garage, RS742B was dispatched on a house fire assignment in Kensington. With units on the scene reporting a fire out with one burned, Command held the squad briefly to search and ventilate the house. Shortly after clearing the house assignment, RS742B was dispatched to a box alarm at the Argyle Country Club at approximately 1630 on Saturday, May 7th. While enroute, Montgomery advised that they had a report of flames visible from the side of a storage building. Company 25 arrived on scene with Battalion 704, confirming flames evident from the attic on three sides of a maintenance building remote from the clubhouse. Due to access issues, a three engine relay was required to establish a water supply. RS742B arrived just after the second due engine and positioned by the main clubhouse in order to allow access for the relay operation. RS742B’s crew then proceeded approximately 1/3 mile by foot across the golf course to the fire building. C742C also responded and was designated as the safety officer by command.
5-person volunteer staffing allowed the squad crew to split into two separate crews. Upon entry, smoke and fire were venting from sides Bravo and Charlie at the roof level of the structure. A rapid primary search was conducted with no victims found. A partial collapse of the roof occurred in quadrant B of the structure during the search, however no one was injured. RS742B’s crew then proceeded to secure electric, water and oil utilities to the structure. A secondary search was then conducted. With fire still evident in the attic storage area, RS742B assisted with pulling walls and ceilings to locate remaining hot spots. The fire was controlled a short time later with no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters.
RS742B: Driver, Capt. H. Pick. Officer, Lt. A. St. John. Backsteps: FFII R. Raymer, FFII A. Jacobs, MFF D. Shaklan.
C742C- D/C J. DeGlopper.