Spring House Structure Fire
At 07:35, Box 59-7 was struck for a possible structure fire at 1301 Spring House Road with the caller reporting smoke from a house and cars in the driveway. Since the caller reported cars in the driveway so Dauphin County Communications sent a critical message updating with possible entrapment. Chief 59 was on the street and location immediately with the police department with a working fire setting up command 59. Chief 59 advised county communications with fire showing from a two story, single family residential with an attached garage, confirming cars in the driveway upgrading the b to first alarm assignment. Engine 59-1 responded quickly taking the hydrant less than 100 feet from the address, and the crew stretching a line to the front door. Once the line was charged, the crew made an aggressive attack to darken down the fire and start searches immediately. The first floor was knocked quickly and once Engine 59 arrived on location a second line was stretched and a coordinated fire attack and search was done. A line was stretched to the second floor as high heat and fire was located. The additional fire was located on the second floor, master bedroom and knocked down immediately. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in less than 10 minutes.
The searches proved to be negative as no one was at home at the time of the fire. The crews vented the windows to release the heat and extensive overhaul was started. Overhaul was extensive as hot spots were found throughout the structure so crews worked diligently to find all hot spots. Command advised to contact the Township Fire marshal and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal so investigation of a cause could be determined with FDLS crews assisting. The crews operated on the scene for 4.5 hours with command terminating the operation and placing the box in service at 12:35.
After the fire was knocked down holes from the severe heat were found in the front living room to the second floor master bedroom. A firefighter did partially fall through the floor but self-rescued with no injuries.
No injuries were reported to residence or fire crews.
Great Job to all the crews involved with this incident!
Command: Chief 59
Operations: Chief 59-1
Manpower: FF C. Zimmerman
Safety: Chief 44-2
Engine 59-1, 59, 49, 456 and 55
Truck: 456, 46, 88
Rescue: 59, 88, 46 and 44 (RIT)
Lower Swatara Police Department
Lower Swatara Township Fire Marshal
Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal
EMS: University EMS, MICU 4-1
More pictures can be found on the famous Capital City Fire Photos Website below: (Thanks Jason Coleman-Cobb)
As units arrived Video (Thank You Matt Miles)