On Friday, February 1, 2019 at approximately 2125 hours, multiple 911 calls were received for the structure fire in the 300 block of Oakwood Road in Edgewater. Initial reports came in as “flames on the roof” and “house is on fire.” Crews arrived on scene to find a 1.5 story dwelling with fire visible. Assistant Chief 2, John Sweeney, took Oakwood Road command.
Anne Arundel County Police were requested to expedite in order to lay supply line across Mayo Road for water access to the scene causing Mayo Road to be closed for the duration of the incident. Traffic was then diverted around to Stepneys Lane. The fire was deemed “under control” at approximately 2200 hours, however there was still a lot of work to be done.
Firefighters encountered several hazards throughout the incident. BGE was requested to control power to the dwelling as lines were falling on the alpha side of the structure with potential hazard to the crews. A hole opened in the floor near the bravo/charlie corner of the dwelling, also causing potential hazard for crews. Additionally, a partial roof collapse on the charlie side occurred. As crews were working, ice conditions started to form and a county roads salt truck was requested to respond to the scene.
Upon his arrival, Battalion Chief 3 took command of the incident. Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department crews were greatly assisted by multiple agencies to include Chief 40, Bobby Vice with water supply command, multiple other units from Station 40, Station 3, Station 1, Station 8, Annapolis City, safety officer, several Medic Units and Fire Marshalls. Air Wagon 1 was requested to refil SCBA bottles and Coffee Wagon 2 responded to provide firefighters with hydration and nourishment due to the extended duration of the incident.
The owners were not home at the time of the incident. Neighbor reported that there may be dog in the dwelling however it was confirmed that the pet was not inside. No injuries were reported. Neighbors have graciously offered support to help this family.