FREETOWN — Freetown Fire Chief Gary Silvia showed his firefighting skills when he responded to a camper fire over the weekend — alone.

Fire crews were called out to North Hillside Street in Freetown just after 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon for a camper that was completely engulfed in flames, according to a Facebook post from the department.

But the whole department was already tied up with multiple medical emergencies.

Get our free mobile app

So Chief Silvia took Engine One out alone, calling for assistance from nearby towns when he arrived on scene to find the fire rapidly spreading from the camper to the house close by.

He then used his "seriously aggressive" firefighting skills along with the newest engine's automated features to bring the fire under control before it spread any further, according to the statement.

Other crew members and firefighters from Berkley and Rochester fire departments arrived to help, and Lakeville's fire department helped cover one of the stations.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.