Shortly before shift change at 0700 hours, crews from the Monday night volunteers and MCFRS “C” shift were alerted to a house on fire in Potomac. Crews arrived on scene to find fire towards the rear of the structure. As it turns out, the house was under construction at the time and there were no occupants or workers in the home. Units made quick work bringing the fire under control, and stayed through the extensive overhaul process.
During the fire, WUSA9 had a helicopter flying overhead providing images to the scene to their viewers. A member of MCFRS noted that there was smoke coming from the helicopter, and while the fire was still being brought under control, an “Alert 3” was dispatched for the possible helicopter in distress. Luckily, WUSA9 crew members were able to find a nice, wide-open field not far from the incident scene to safely land. Crews dispatched to the helicopter incident confirmed no life safety hazards and maintained a secure landing site for the news team.