Four firefighters injured battling house fire
CHURCH HILL — A threealarm fire in Church Hill took a handful of fire companies close to two hours to control Monday night as storms swept through the region, Assistant Chief Steve Hurlock with the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company said.
The call came through dispatch at 7:58 p.m., and first responders arrived on the scene at 2104 Roberts Station Road, seven minutes later, Hurlock said. Church Hill, Sudlersville, Goldsboro and Goodwill volunteer fire companies, Hurlock said, all responded to the first alarm.
Additional tankers were called in from Greensboro, Chestertown and Ridgley, as well as fire companies filling in for those already called to the three-story farm house fire. Tanker 9 from United Communities in Romancoke also responded.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Hurlock said investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene Monday and Tuesday.
No one was home at the old farm house at the time of the fire. According to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, the house is the primary residence of owners Darlene and Michael Kuechler. It was built in 1913.
While fighting the fire, Hurlock said portions of the first and second floors collapsed and fell to the basement, causing difficulties putting the blaze out. He said two firefighters fell through the floors and received injuries; one was removed quickly and taken to the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center to treat elbow and knee injuries; the other stayed on scene.
Hurlock said two other firefighters also sustained injuries, one from getting hit with the nozzle of the fire hose and the other from a cut to the face, but both refused care and stayed on the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.
Firefighters battled a house fire on Roberts Station Road more than two hours Monday evening.