May 1, 2014 - Flood Evacuations Interrupted by a Working House Fire

Heavy rains over the past few days took its toll on the Laurel area with wide spread flooding.  By midnight on May 1st, the Brighton Dam and the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir Dam were stressed by the excessive rainfall to the point where all their gates were opened to prevent failure.  This caused widespread flooding in the Laurel area.  Additional LVFD members were called in overnight to assist in mandatory evacuations of residents in several parts of the city.  After going door to door in the Greenview neighborhood, the crews from Engine 104 and Engine 101 met up on Main Street to assist Laurel Police evacuating residents of a senior living apartment building.  During the process of the evacuations, Public Safety Communications contacted the incident commander (Deputy Chief Grant) asking if both engines could be used for a reported house fire in the 11700 block of Randy Lane.  City Police took over the evacuations and crews from the Dime were on the way.  While enroute, communications advised of several calls and possible people trapped.  Engine 104 and 101 arrived together with 104 taking first due responsibilities.  Crews encountered heavy fire from in the rear of the house extending from the basement to the attic. A propane tank was venting on the back porch contributing to fire spread.  Engine 104’s crew advanced an attack line and completed a primary search of the 2 story split foyer home.  Engine 101’s crew stretched a line and quickly darkened the fire extending on the exterior rear and then moved the line to the second floor.   Searches were negative with the family exiting the home prior to fire department arrival.  A working fire dispatch and a fire taskforce were alerted to the call.  The fire was deemed under control in about 25 to 30 minutes with command scaling back units to both engines from 10, Engine 41, and Truck 31.  Company 10 units were back in quarters by 6:30am.  See video news story on NBC4 here.