Firefighters with the Gamber volunteer fire company did not have far to go to respond to a house fire shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening — the blaze on the 3800 block of Niner Road was directly behind the fire house.
“We have bingo tonight, so we were there at bingo and then we got dispatched for a service call,” said Clay Myers, public information officer for the fire company. “We were waiting for our crew to arrive for that when our ambulance saw flames back on Niner Road. We actually called the fire in ourselves.”
A service call is when the fire company responds to a non-emergency call for assistance, Myers said, in this case a dog stuck in a trampoline. The fire call took precedence.
Gamber firefighters put in the call for the fire at 5:52 p.m., Myers said, with firefighters and equipment from Reese, Sykesville, Westminster, Winfield, Hampstead and New Windsor companies responding to assist. Baltimore County fire companies from Reisterstown, Glyndon and Chestnut Ridge also responded, according to Myers.
The fire was out but not yet officially under control as of 6:37 p.m., Myers said in an interview, while working the pump on a fire truck about 1,000 feet from the fire station. Crews spent at least another hour spraying water on remaining hot spots to ensure the fire would not reignite, he said.