On Tuesday at 1940 hours, the 0540 Fire Box was struck for the reported apartment fire at 704 Pulaski Highway. As units were marking up, Harford County Fire Dispatch advised they were receiving multiple calls with the report of fire on the second floor of the building. Engine 512 was first on scene at 1945 hours with fire showing from the charlie side of the two story apartment building, took their own hydrant on Erie Street & stretched the 400′ preconnect to the rear. Engine 514 was next and established a secondary water supply on Ontario Street, while Quint 535 positioned on the bravo side and threw ladders to the bravo & charlie sides, while also opening up to assist fire attack. As these tasks were being carried out, the crews of Engine 513 & Tower 531 (side alpha) conducted a primary and secondary search of both floors (which proved negative), Tower 231 laddered the delta side and Engine 213 established RIT. At the twenty minute timer, command reported that an exterior fire had extended to the kitchen area of a single apartment, crews had the fire knocked and were continuing to open up. Crews continued to work for approximately one hour before picking up and returning to service. The cause of the fire was determined to be an improperly disposed cigarette. Chief 5-1 held the command.
Other units on scene: Deputy Chief 5, Chief 5-2, Engine 511, Engine 515, Cecil Engine 6 (later transferred to House 1), FM43, FM48, Medic 592, Medic 593 & Engine 112 transferred to House 5