Fully Involved House in West Manheim Keeps PFC Busy
Story & Photo by Harrison Jones Photographer
Just before midnight Wednesday, at 11:55 p.m., box 52-05 was struck for what was initially reported by a police officer out on patrol to be a woods fire in the area of Grand Valley Road and Westminster Road. The officer followed the column of fire down Impounding Dam Road, discovering the fire to be a fully-involved house fire.
York County 911 quickly updated the dispatch and struck box 52-05 out as a working residential structure fire. Engine 79-2 arrived on scene, and firefighters immediately pulled a 200-foot attack line off the engine, stretching it to the front door. Engine 52-1 and Truck 79 arrived shortly after, with Engine 52-1 stretching a secondary 200-foot line to the left side of the home.
Upon entry to the home, hoarding conditions were discovered, complicating the firefight even further.
Numerous additional lines were pulled, and the flames were finally knocked down using a master stream from the aerial of Engine 79-2.
No one was injured in the fire, according to Pleasant Hill Fire Chief Ted Clousher, and the sole occupant was not home at the time of the fire, as he primarily lives at another address.
A PA State Police Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the fire.
Assisting Pleasant Hill Fire Company on the fire included Hanover Area Fire & Rescue, Porters Fire Company, Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services, Alpha Fire Company of Littlestown, Porters Fire Company, Irishtown Fire Company, Manchester Fire Department, Pleasant Valley Fire Company, Nashville Fire Company, and Lineboro Fire Company.