On October 11, 2002, just before sunrise, the Guardian Hose Company was dispatched for a barn fire to the rear of the Thurmont Bowling Center on Frederick Road in town limits. The old barn was being used for storage and was heavily involved upon the first unit's arrival on the scene. The drought of 2002 was still taking place; tanker shuttle operations were put in effect to preclude using large amounts of water from the municipal water supply. Frank Bentz Pond on Route 77 at the western edge of town was used as the fill site for the tankers.
Mutual aide was received from Emmitsburg's Vigilant Hose Company (Frederick County Company 6), Graceham Volunteer Fire Company (Frederick County Company 18), Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company (Frederick County Company 13), Lewistown District VFC (Frederick County Company 22), Fort Detrick (Frederick County Company 50), and Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Company (Washington County Maryland). In addition, sister emergency services organization Thurmont Community Ambulance Service was on the scene. Special assistance was received from State of Maryland Transportation Department, State Highway Administration.
Photographs courtesy of John Kinnaird.
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