PFC Firefighters Battle House Fire
This afternoon at 1550 hours, Station 53 along with the rest of the 1st Alarm Assignment were alerted for a residential structure fire on Hilltop Drive in Heidelberg Township, Box 53-10.
Engine 53-1 responded with a crew of 3 with Chief 53-2 on board. Ambulance 4 (Spring Grove) arrived reporting a working fire in a single story dwelling. Engine 53-2 responded with a crew of 3 with Chief 53-1 on board. Engine 53-1 arrived with Chief 53-2 confirming the working fire and requesting the Tanker Task Force. Chief 53-2 passed command and along with the crew of the Engine commenced fire attack, attempting to make a push from side B of the structure.
Engine 53-2 arrived and supplied Engine 53-1 with water and Chief 53-1 established the command. Truck 11 (Nashville) arrived and pulled a second line from Engine 53-1 and attempted an attack through the front door with Chief 11 assuming operations. Truck 4 arrived and headed to the roof. Engine 47-2 arrived, sent the crew forward and went to the dry hydrant on York Road to establish a fill site for the Tankers.
Conditions began to deteriorate and command ordered an evacuation of the building and requested the 2nd Alarm Assignment. Truck 79 (Hanover Area) arrived, positioned on side D of the structure and short jacked the Tower to put the master stream in service. Chief 53 arrived and assumed water supply officer. Eventually, all 1 3/4 inch attack lines were pulled from Engine 53-1. Truck 79 and Truck 4 flowed the master streams and knocked down the bulk of the fire with minimal overhaul required following the Truck operations.
Companies assisting Porters on the scene were Nashville Volunteer Fire Company, Spring Grove Fire Company, Hanover Area Fire & Rescue, Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson Fire Company, Irishtown Fire Company, Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services, North Codorus Township Fire Department, Glen Rock Fire Department, York New Salem Fire Department, Seven Valleys Fire Company, Loganville Fire Company, Lineboro Fire Department, Dallastown Fire Company, Northeastern Adams Fire & EMS, and Spring Grove Ambulance.
The box was placed in service at approximately 1925 hours. The Red Cross is assisting 2 adults and the cause of the fire will be investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.