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Ellendale Fire Co.
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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Vehicle Fire with Exposures - Spruce Road

At 15:32 hours on Sunday, April 17, 2016 the Ellendale Fire Co. was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the 17000 block of Spruce Road, just north of Beach Highway, in Ellendale. Within one minute, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center upgraded the call to a working structure fire, advising the vehicle fire had spread to a garage attached to a home at that address, adding Sussex County Paramedic 108, Sussex County Paramedic 200, and Greenwood Fire Co. Station 78 to the response.

Engine 5 responded in under three minutes with a crew of 5 under the direction of Capt. Robert Foster and arrived two minutes later to find heavy fire from the vehicle impinging on the garage. The crew immediately stretched a 1 3/4" attack line to aggressively halt the fire spread and prevent extension to the home. As the fire was being contained, crews worked to secure the attached garage and check for extension. Confirming the fire was contained to the vehicle and with minimal damage to the structure, Capt. Foster cancelled the remaining incoming units and held the scene to Engine 5 and EMS. The scene was placed under control at 15:40 hours with units clearing at 15:53.

Units responding: Engine 75-5, Engine 75-2, Rescue 75-6, Ambulance A-75, SCEMS Medic 108, SCEMS Medic 200, Engine 78-4.

Crews arrived to find heavy fire from a Ford Ranger impinging on a garage.
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Crews contained the fire to minor exterior damage.
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The Ford Ranger was a total loss.
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Crews repacking hose to be ready for the next call after an aggressive stop.
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