Shed Fire Tragedy

On June 15 at 6:43 p.m., units from Bay District, Solomon's, Leonardtown, Lexington Park EMS and the NAWC Fire Department were dispatched to 21428 Morris Drive for the working shed fire.

Engine 33, Engine 132, Engine 92, Squad 3, Engine 32, Solomon's Truck 3, Truck 1 and Ambulance 387 responded to the incident with a total staffing of 36 Firefighters and emergency personnel.

Units arrived to find a two-story shed fully involved. Crews deployed two 1-3/4-inch hand lines and one 2-1/2-inch hand line to the structure which was fully involved on the second floor and initiated a defensive attack. Once Engine 132 charged the supply line it was found to have a hole in the hose so Engine 132 backed up and laid in a 5-inch supply line from the same hydrant and supplied Engine 33.

Engine 92 laid in a 4-inch supply line from the other side of the structure with Engine 32 also supplying Engine 33. While crews were operating on the scene a family member approached the crews and advised that there could be someone one upstairs in the structure, and at that time all crews went in for an interior attack and primary search.

The crew from Truck 1 and Engine 92 deployed several ground ladders to access the other side of the structure and as they were operating found a subject next to a couch upstairs.

The crew from Engine 92 entered into the structure through the window and removed the subject who was not breathing and was determined to have succumbed to his injuries.

As the crews worked for the next 20 minutes knocking all hotspots and making every attempt to preserve the scene for investigators Chief 3A arrived and after a debriefing from Incident Command Assumed the Morris Drive Command and Lt. 13 was assigned Operations.

The crews taped off the area until the police arrived on the scene and setup lighting for investigators. Command requested the CISMT team to respond as a precautionary for the members that were on the scene.

At 7:45 p.m.  the remaining units were able to assist the Fire Marshall's Office with the Investigation. The crews from Bay District, NAWC, and Solomon's worked for the next few hours rotating crews inside the structure performing overhaul for the Fire Marshall.

At 11:10 p.m. all units cleared the scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. All crews that operated on this scene worked together to bring this fire under control in about 30 minutes.

Reported by Assistant Chief Jeff Evans of Bay District VFD

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According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal, the shed is located to the rear of the house on the property. The owners Charles and Lois Luffey were home at the time of the fire and notified 911. The victim is believed to be the owner’s son, Charles Christopher Luffey, 43 of Lexington Park. The male victim occasionally stayed in the second floor loft area of the shed.


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