First Due Fire at the Xfinity Center
On Saturday February 4th, around 2330 hours, E812 was dispatched to the Xfinity Center for an automatic fire alarm. Units arrived on scene and noticed a strong burning odor from inside the building. E812 requested that communications fill the street assignment as they went inside to investigate.
While making their way inside, they met up with University of Maryland police officer that lead them to the room where the smoke was coming from. At this time it was found that there was a confirmed working fire, and the full box assignment, along with the working fire dispatch was started. The fire was located in a storage room on the bottom level of the arena.
Sprinklers had contained the fire, and the crew from E812 extinguished the remaining fire. There were extensive smoke conditions throughout the building and all of the special services on scene operated for an extended period to vent the smoke. Airboat 856 was also special called to the scene to assist with ventilation operations.
Thanks to quick work by all companies involved, University of Maryland Athletics was able to host a televised Big 10 Gymnastics competition 12 hours later.