All photos courtesy Joppa-Magnolia VFC
UPDATE – From the Office of the State Fire Marshal:
HARFORD COUNTY, MD (January 30, 2015) – Deputy State Fire Marshals were requested to investigate the origin and cause of a fire that injured a 11 year-old female located inside a 42’ fifth wheel recreational camper at the rear of 1114 Mountain Road in Joppa.
The unconscious victim was located by firefighters in the rear bedroom and quickly transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in critical condition with smoke inhalation injuries. She was subsequently transported to The Johns Hopkins Hospital for continued treatment.
The 12:58 a.m. fire was observed by a passerby whom notified the Harford County Emergency Operations Center. Approximately 25 firefighters responded from Joppa- Magnolia, Abingdon, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, White Marsh and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Departments and quickly placed the fire under control. One firefighter received a hand injury during the incident and was treated and released from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
Investigators determined the parents of the youth were both at work at the time the fire occurred. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation at this time.
UPDATE – From the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company:
Joppa, Maryland (January 20, 2015) – One civilian was rescued by volunteer firefighters in an early morning recreational camper fire.
At 1:00 am, the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company (JMVFC) was alerted by the Harford County Emergency Operations 911 Center to an unknown fire in the area of Pulaski Highway (US-40) and Mountain Road South (SRT-152). A fire engine responded within 2 minutes, staffed with 6 volunteer firefighters. At 1:05 am, a Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy reported a recreational vehicle on fire in the 1100 block of Mountain Road South, Joppa. A report that there may be trapped occupants was received and additional resources were requested. In addition to more JMVFC apparatus, fire engines from the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company (WMVFC), Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department and Abingdon Fire Company were sent to assist. Paramedic units from the Abingdon Fire Company and Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company were also sent.
Because the camper was not on a main road, the fire engine could only get within 300 feet. Firefighters used fire hoses and water from the fire engine to start extinguishing the fire while other firefighters began to search for trapped occupants. An unconscious 11 year old female was located in the rear bedroom inside the camper. She was removed by JMVFC firefighters and turned over to waiting JMVFC paramedics. The patient was not breathing. The JMVFC paramedics initiated advanced life support measures which included performing CPR on the patient. She was taken by JMVFC paramedic unit in critical condition to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC) in Bel Air. Firefighters from the WMVFC assisted in the transport.
After being stabilized at UCMC, the patient was transferred to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for continued treatment. One JMVFC firefighter received a minor hand injury. He was treated and released from UCMC. A total of 43 personnel operated at this fire, which was brought under control in about 20 minutes.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office was responded to determine the fire’s cause and origin, which remains under investigation.
A haz-mat unit from the Harford County Department of Emergency Services was dispatched for firefighters to have a warm place for rehabilitation on the scene. This is typically done in the winter months or during inclement weather.
Over the summer, JMVFC firefighters conducted live fire training on recreational vehicles. That training helped prepare firefighters for this type of incident. The skills they learned were displayed by the positive outcome this morning.