House Fire assist - 6/17/2008

At 0844 hours, Chester County communications alerted Kimberton Fire (61 & 72), Phoenix #1 (Ladder 65), and Valley Forge (Engine 68-5) for a house on fire on Sycamore Lane in Charlestown Twp. Within minutes as units were enroute Deputy Chief Fields arrived and reported a 2 story single family home with heavy smoke showing from all sides. He assumed ‘Sycamore Lane Command’ and requested 2 additional tankers (Engine 5-5 from East Whiteland and Tanker 47 from Lionville Fire). In the meantime Kimberton sent its tanker as did Valley Forge Fire.

Even before fire apparatus arrived, fire vented out the rear and quickly overtook the home. Firefighters were forced to take a defensive attack on the fire. Due to the steep and long driveway, only Engine 61-1 and Ladder 65 were able to get up to the home to battle the fire. Additional units set up water supply at the base of the driveway and fire crews had to make the long walk up the driveway to the home. At 0858 Hours Chief Fields requested a 2nd alarm for manpower & additional water. This brought a tanker from Ridge Fire (Engine 62-5) and Malvern (Engine 04-5).

Chief Hughes (Chief 61) arrived & established water supply operations at the base of the driveway some 1800 feet away. The narrow street created an obstacle course for tanker drivers. An Engine from Humane of Royersford also assisted on the scene with overhaul. Units cleared the scene around 2 PM. Assisting on the scene were the Chester County Fire Marshals office, PA State Police FM, Charlestown Twp FM, and Belfor Restorations. Losses were estimated at $750,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation but not believed to be suspicious.

Photos by Deputy Chief Fields

Description curtesy of Kimberton Fire Company web site. Kimberton Fire Company is "primary" or First Due fire company for this location.

Many of these pictures have had their "Brightness" and "Contrast" adjusted to make it easier to see what is going on.


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