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Vehicle rolled over on way to house fire

By JOHN WHARTON

Staff writer

Four Bay District volunteer firefighters were taken to a hospital early Monday morning after the firefighting vehicle they were riding in overturned into a field, an assistant chief reported, during their response to a house fire in Drayden.

Three of the firefighters were treated at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and released, but Capt. Tommy Fairfax Jr., the driver of Engine 32, was transferred to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for further treatment of an irregular heartbeat, according to Assistant Chief Joe Gould.

The firefighters left the scene of a house fire in the Spring Ridge community to go to the blaze at Windmill Point Road, and were traveling on the rain-slicked pavement of Flat Iron Road at about 3 a.m., Gould said, when the accident occurred.

“The back end slid out and got in a ditch” on the right shoulder of the roadway, he said, and when the driver overcorrected the vehicle’s course, it went across the roadway and did a full-rotation “barrel roll” into a field along the other side of the road, ejecting the driver as it stopped moving. Fairfax was alert and walking at the scene after the crash.

The four firefighters were taken to the local hospital as a precaution, the assistant chief said, including one who was treated for a cut over an eye.

Second District fire and rescue volunteers firefighters also responding to the house fire assisted at the accident scene, Gould said, and Hollywood and Patuxent River firefighters also helped out, in part by providing fill-in crews at the Bay District firehouse.

“Bay District wants to thank all the fire departments for their help,” he said. “Their generosity is greatly appreciated.”

The 2006 American LaFrance fire engine was heavily damaged, Gould said, and it has not been determined if it can be repaired and restored to service.

jwharton@somdnews.com