Rockville City Police Officer Rescues One From Early Morning Fire - April 3, 2005 - At 0339 hours Rockville volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the house fire in the 1200 block of Edmonston Drive, box area 0301. Rockville City Police arrived on the scene first, reporting a working fire with people trapped. An officer with RCPD entered the structure and rescued an adult male from the fire. Rescue Squad 3 arrived moments later, confirmed fire showing and established command, which it later passed it to Kensington Chief 5. Engine 31 took the hydrant in front of the house, stretched a 200' 1-3/4" crosslay to the house, and made entry with Rescue Squad 3. Company 3 had heavy fire in three of the room, extending into the attic. Engine 31 knocked the fire, while Rescue Squad 3 was negative on their primary search and Truck 3 opened up the home. Company 3 units were on the scene for about five hours doing salvage and overhaul.
The fire is believed to have been caused by a power surge that may have overheated wires. The fire went undetected until it burned through potions of the roof. The home did not have a working smoke alarm. Damage is estimated to be $250,000, including $200,000 damage to the structure and about $50,000 to the contents. The 55 year-old resident was treated and evaluated by paramedics on the scene, but refused transport to the hospital.
Units from Rockville were Engines 31, 231, and 331, Truck 3, Aerial Tower 23, Rescue Squad 3, Medics 39 and 239, and Canteen 3.