Vehicle fire prevented from spreading to structure

CHESTERTOWN — The Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, along with multiple mutual aid companies from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, on Thursday, March 28 was dispatched to a vehicle fire with exposure to a structure in the 200-block of North Lynchburg Street.

The location was between Calvert Street and Prospect Street.

The call came in at about 2:45 p.m.

According to a post on the Chestertown VFC Facebook page, the Chestertown Police Department was the first to arrive.

The main volume of fire was in the vehicle’s engine compartment. Heat from the fire was melting the vinyl siding of the home, however, the fire never physically involved the structure.

Until the arrival of fire apparatus, CPD officers, including Chief Ron Dixon, used fire extinguishers to keep the fire suppressed — preventing its spreading to the home.

Chief Dixon told The Evening Enterprise that fire extinguishers are standard equipment in CPD patrol cars, and that three were used during Thursday’s fire.

According to the Facebook post, the response was held to the Chestertown VFC, Kent-Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad and Kent County Emergency Medical Services. All other mutual aid companies were canceled.

EMS evaluated one civilian, who subsequently refused medical treatment and was not transported, according to the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company’s Facebook post.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal was notified, but did not respond.

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