QFD responds to west side fire


QUINCY – The Quincy Fire Department responded to an early morning call on Sunday.

Dispatch received multiple calls of fire in the alley between 5th and 6th from Spring to Oak. Upon arrival QFD crews found a large amount of fire coming from a shed and barn.

Engine 2 crews ran a line through the alley on Fifth while the Engine 4 team laid a supply line from 5th and Oak.

Incident Command then called for a second alarm and Engine 6 pulled an additional line while while the Engine 4 crew performed a search of the house on the corner of 5th and Walnut Alley. No residents were present but multiple pets were found.

Company 5 arrived as part of the second alarm and laid their own supply line, entering the alley from Sixth Street and attacked fire in the barn from the south side. Company 3 also established a rapid intervention team.

Crews continued to work for more than two hours until the fire was out.

It was initially reported there may have people in the burned buildings, but multiple searches found no occupants.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries.

In total, seven structures were involved with damage ranging from complete loss to melted siding. A car was also involved and was a total loss.

Investigators were called to the scene. The incident is under investigation and is considered to be incendiary.

All on duty crews were called to the scene totaling 5 engines and the Incident Commander.

Sixteen firefighters fought the fire while Chief Bernie Vahlkamp and Deputy Chief Steve Salrin responded to the scene along with six firefighters who were called in and responded to Central station to man backup apparatus.

Additional assistance was provided by the Quincy Police Department, Adams County Ambulance, and the QFD Rehab team.

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