3 Alarm House Fire at 119 Willis St
By Firefighter Kevin Carr
November 22, 2020

At 11:46AM Dorchester Central dispatched units for a reported working house fire with multiple calls at 119 Willis St in Cambridge. Chief 1-2 AOL of A 2½ story single family dwelling and confirmed working fire with extension into dwellings on the Bravo & Delta sides. Chief 1-2 established command and requested a 2nd & 3rd Alarm (bringing addition equipment and personnel to the scene). The first arriving Engine (1-3) AOL with an initial Blitz Attack to knock down the bulk of the fire and protect the exposures. The volunteers of Rescue Fire Company Inc. along with crews from (Trappe, Hurlock, Church Creek, Linkwood-Salem, East New Market, Secretary, Vienna, Oxford, St Michaels, Easton, & Delmar) then advanced lines and ladders to extinguish the fire. Overhaul, and clean up was extensive with 3 structures involved but was completed by 4:00PM with 50+ volunteers on scene. At 4:06PM with the situation under control command was terminated and all units were placed in service without incident. The scene was turned over to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office for investigation.
(30 volunteers from Rescue Fire Company Inc. responded to this incident)
Photo Credit: Amy Howard, FF Brandon “Blister” Stacey, Glenda McCarter, Rebecca Redmer, Officer Mark Ryan, Jane Lee Comiskey, CPL Media

Chief 1 (Operations)
Chief 1-2 (Command)
Engine 1-3 (Fire Attack 700' of attack hose, 300' of supply hose)
Engine 1-2 (E 1-3's Hydrant on the corner of School St & Willis St)
Rescue Engine 1-1 (Secondary hydrant w/ 500' of supply hose corner of West End Ave & Hambrooks Ave)
Engine 1-4 (Additional Personnel)
Rescue 1-1 (Cascade, Tools & Support)
Brush 1-1 (Additional Personnel)

1st Alarm Chief 1, Chief 1-2 (Command), Engine 1-3, Engine 1-2, Rescue Engine 1-1, Engine 1-4, Rescue 1-1, Brush 1-1, Tower 6-1 (Hurlock), Talbot Station 30 (Trappe) Rescue 32, DCEMS PM100 & 101 (Cambridge), CPD.

2nd Alarm Assignment Talbot Station 30 (Trappe) Engine 39, Station 46 (Church Creek) Engine 46-1, Station 61 (Linkwood-Salem) Engine 61-1, Talbot Station 20 (Oxford) Truck 23, Station 21 (East New Market) Rescue Engine 21-1, Talbot County EMS PM93 (Trappe)

3nd Alarm Assignment Station 16 (Secretary) Rescue Engine 16-1, Station 6 (Hurlock) Engine 6-1, Station 11 (Vienna) Rescue Engine 11-1, Talbot Station 40 (St Michael’s) Engine 49, Talbot Station 60 (Easton) Tower 61, Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Station 1 (Cambridge) Cover Assignment: Wicomico Station 74 (Delmar) Truck 74, Talbot County Station 60 (Easton) Engine 65

The Officers & Members of Rescue Fire Company Inc. would like to thank everyone for their assistance on the fire.

Units: Chief 1, Chief 1-2 (Command), Engine 1-3, Engine 1-2, Rescue Engine 1-1, Engine 1-4, Rescue 1-1, Brush 1-1
Mutual Aid: CPD, DCEMS PM100 & 101 (Cambridge), Talbot Station 30 (Trappe), Station 6 (Hurlock), Station 61 (Linkwood-Salem), Station 46 (Church Creek), Station 21 (East New Market), Station 16 (Secretary), Station 11 (Vienna), Talbot EMS PM93 (Trappe), Talbot Station 20 (Oxford), Talbot Station 40 (St Michaels), Talbot Station 60 (Easton), Wicomico Station 74 (Delmar), Maryland State Fire Marshal