Two Alarm Building Fire in Solomons
By Assistant Chief Thomas Buckmaster
May 24, 2021

On Monday May 24th, 2021 at 2239 hours Chief 7, Chief 7A, Engine 72, Rescue Squad 7, Tanker 7, and Rehab 7 responded to 13860 H.G Trueman Road for the building fire. First arriving units arrived to find a single-story strip mall with fire throughout. Engine 72 assisted in extinguishment and performed a primary search of the Veterinary Medical Center to successfully locate and remove two animals. Chief 7 operated as the "Division A Supervisor" and Chief 7A operated as the "Exposure Group Supervisor". Company 7 units cleared at 0430 hours.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives determined a candle being used by a homeless person taking refuge inside a camper trailer located to the rear of the building ignited combustibles before spreading to the adjacent structure. The subject inside the 25-foot trailer was able to escape and temporarily fled from the area. Investigators worked throughout the night and into the early morning hours and identified the 38-year-old man after being transported to a local hospital for an unrelated medical emergency.

Units: Chief 7, Chief 7A, Engine 72, Rescue Squad 7, Tanker 7, Rehab 7