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Adams County Pennsylvania Box 1-8-30 was struck Tuesday evening 3/24/15 at 19:26 hours for a reported house fire on Flickinger Road in Straban Township just off the Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30). The Adams County 911 Communications Center advised Gettysburg Fire Chief Hurshel Shank (Chief 1) they were receiving multiple calls for a well involved garage fire.
First due company, the Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department arrived confirming the dispatch of a fully-involved garage fire attached to a two-story, single-family dwelling. A working dispatch was requested, bringing additional resources for R.I.T., plus tankers and an additional truck company.
A Blitzfire® nozzle was deployed to the garage while the crew from Engine 1-2 advanced a hand line to the alpha side of the house, forced entry, and made a search for occupants as well as beginning fire attack for the fire that was now extending into the living area. Heavy fire was found in the basement as well as the top floor of the house.
Several hand lines were deployed throughout all sides of the burning structure. The search proved negative for residents, however two family cats were found deceased. The fire was brought under control in about one hour with no injuries to firefighters. Extensive overhaul was needed.
Chief 1 along with the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal returned the following morning to investigate the origin and cause. The fire, which originated in the garage, was ruled accidental. All garage contents were destroyed including a car.
All Photos by Steve Roth – 911 Photography
On the morning of February 21st 2015, the York County 911 Center dispatched York County Box 49-02 for a garage fire at 108 Arwco Drive in Penn Township, Hanover Pa. Temperatures were hovering around zero with the real feel about minus 15 degrees.
Career and volunteer firefighters from the Hanover Fire Department (HFD) and Penn Township Department of Fire-Rescue (PTFD) responded from their stations. Ambulance 52 from a neighboring EMS company was on the air and advised a heavy column of black smoke visible. Penn Township Chief 49 immediately requested a working fire assignment that includes a callback of all off duty career firefighters from the two departments plus Rapid Intervention Teams from the Pleasant Hill VFD and United Hook and Ladder FD.
The first-in engine was Hanover Engine 46-1 from the Wirt Park Station who had heavy fire showing from the attached garage of a two-story, single-family dwelling. They caught a hydrant a block away and laid 300 feet of supply line.
Companies immediately used a Blitzfire® and a 2” Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) hand line attacking the fully involved fire from the driveway on side A. The next crew pulled a 1.75” hand line and took it to second floor finding minimal fire there and in the attic.
Once the bulk of fire was knocked in the garage, crews began opening up the overhang of the front porch finding the fire had run along the overhang and got into the walls of the A-B corner of the house, with fire presenting itself on the second floor inside a window.
Firefighters using the CAFS continued to extinguish the remaining fire found in the garage as crews opened up the walls. Firefighters were covered in frozen foam as it flew around freely in the windy conditions on this frigid day.
The origin and cause appeared to be an unattended Kerosene heater placed too close to combustibles. The loss was estimated at $100,000.00.
The first photo with heavy fire was taken by EMT Mike Fink of Ambulance 49 on their arrival. The remaining photos were captured by myself Steve Roth of 911 Photography.
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Friday (1/2/15) night at 21:33 hours, Adams County Pennsylvania Box 33-14 was struck for the house fire with possible entrapment at 950 Green Springs Road, Hanover, Pa. United Hook and Ladder Company 33 Ambulance 33-A, returning form a previous medical call, arrived on scene first advising of a fully-involved house fire. United Hook and Ladder Chief 33 requested the working fire assignment, and advised to have Brush and Tanker 33 from station 2 respond first due to the long narrow road leading to this address (approx 2,000 feet, ten feet wide max). Brush 33 arrived, and deployed a “trash line” to the working fire which was actually a mobile home with an addition and basement added.
Water supply was difficult with only Tanker 33 and Tanker 9 from the York Springs Fire Company able to get up the long narrow roadway. The entrapment proved negative.
The home was a major loss due to the fire, and a majority of the addition suffered severe smoke damage.
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal was notified and requested to the scene. One occupant of the home was transported via ambulance to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
The box was placed in service at 00:05 hours.
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November 12, 2013 at 04:00 hours, Adams County Pennsylvania Box alarm 9-2 was alerted for the commercial building fire at the Latimore Township Maintenance Building for a building fire, with multiple calls reporting fire through the roof.
York Springs Fire Department arrived to find a one-story, 60 x 100 metal building with heavy smoke and fire showing from the Charlie side of the building, a working fire dispatch was requested. Companies began opening up and found heavy fire on the Charlie said of the building on the inside, mostly up high on the wall. Several township vehicles used for maintenance, especially snow removal were stored in this building. Several of them sustained damage. The fire was placed under control within about 30 minutes, extensive overhaul was needed. The fire marshal’s office is investigating, early indications are leading to a kerosene heater as the origin of the fire, the investigation continues. Volunteer companies from three counties, (Adams, York and Cumberland) battled the early morning blaze.
On April 22, 2011, York County (Pennsylvania) Box 52-11 was struck at 14:33 hours for the reported house fire with possible people trapped.
Immediately after dispatch, Chief 52 (Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Dept.) checked up in the air advising heavy black smoke visible from several miles out. Chief 52 arrived on scene at 14:38 hours advising working fire in a single-family, one-story ranch-style home with ordinary construction, advising strike the working fire dispatch.
At 14:43 hours, Chief 52 advised the report of entrapment was negative, he requested the second alarm assignment, bringing additional tankers for water shuttle.
Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire department, along with several other York County PA, and Carroll County Maryland mutual-aid companies battled the fire for about one hour before bringing the fire under control.
Companies had arcing wires to contend with throughout the operation until the power company could arrive and cut the power.
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Sunday afternoon, April 4, 2013 The Adams County 911 Center located in Gettysburg Pennsylvania began receiveing calls for an apartment building fire with people trapped. At 13;46s hours, Box 29-1 was dispatched for a apartment building fire with possible people trapped.
Chief 29 of the Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services Fire Company (S.A.V.E.S ) went responding, and requested a working fire dispatch as heavy black smoke was visible several miles away at the S.A.V.E.S. fire station.
Chief 29 was notified that the dispatcher was receiving multiple calls of fire and people trapped and possible jumpers.
Engine 29 arrived, laying a five-inch supply line from a hydrant about two blocks away, positioning themselves at the B/C corner of a eight-unit apartment building with heavy fire showing from the third unit from the end (Bravo end).
A second alarm assignment was requested. EMS immediately packaged an injured victim and left the scene within minutes of arrival via ambulance.
Quint 29 positioned on Side A with E/T 29 right behind them. Hand lines were advanced in from both sides A and C. Heavy fire was found to be in the initial unit as well as extended into the Delta exposure unit. The fire ran the cockloft into apartment 4, venting itself between units 2 and 4.
Entrapment reports proved negative after searches were completed. A person was reported to have jumped prior to the fire department’s arrival. Extensive overhaul was needed. The American Red Cross assisted the families affected by the fire on scene.
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