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Fires

Fire destroys home in Doylestown Township

L to r, Capt 79 Dan Kline, FF Grant Castor and Steve Lee, and Lt 79 Peter Mills work on ventilating the roof of the home.

“We’re getting multiple calls.” was the message given to Deputy 19 Ed Truman en route to a report of a dwelling fire at 588 Almshouse Road in Doylestown Township on Friday, April 13 2018. On the report of multiple calls, Bucks County Fire Radio upgraded the response to a working fire and Deputy 19 ordered a Tanker Task force added to the response. On arrival, Truman reported heavy fire from the rear, and instructed Engine 19 to lead off. All occupants were out of the home.

The house was a 1 and 2 story wood frame, and had headway. Winds from the southwest made finding the seat difficult, and a heavy interior fire load made for a hot blaze. Small explosions and a compromised electric service line complicated matters. The weather, which had finally changed to springlike temperatures, made for challenging conditions for firefighters.

Tankers set up water supply at the intersection of Lower State and Almshouse Roads. Multiple handlines were placed in service. The outcome was difficult though, as the fire raced throughout the 2 story portion and destroyed the home. The fire was declared under control at 3:42 PM by Deputy Chief Ed Truman.

Responding as mutual aid were Warrington, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Point Pleasant, Dublin, Hilltown, Warminster, Warwick, Midway, New Hope Eagle and Horsham Fire. Covering companies were Montgomery Township and Hatboro from Montgomery County, Midway and Warwick. Central Bucks and Chal-Brit EMS provided medical and rehab services. Fire police from Doylestown, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Dublin, Perkasie, and Ottsville handled traffic. North Penn Goodwill assisted with rehab and fed over 50 firefighters. The Red Cross was called to assist with the homeowners.

Firefighter Rachel Loux pulls a handline.

Battalion 79 Ed Loux pumps Engine 19.

Fire out a side window.

Chalfont firefighters man a handline.

Firefighter Dan Hinkle, r, shuts off a handline on the roof.

FF Grant Castor checks the roof saw as FF Steve Lee opens a vent hole.

Rescue 78 pumps to Engine 19.

Busy end of March, beginning of April

Fire showing from a garage at 578 E. Butler Av. in New Britian Boro, on March 25.

After the latest round of Nor’easters in March, the fire company was kept busy by incidents not caused by nature. On March 25, the company was dispatched to a garage fire at 578 E. Butler Ave., in New Britain Borough. On arrival, Chief 19 Mike Wood reported a fully involved garage, and placed companies in service. A quick knock on the remains of the structure and the company was headed home an hour later. On the evening of March 29, the dispatch was for an overturned vehicle with entrapment in the 100 block of West Court Street in Doylestown Borough. Rescue 19 and Engine 79 responded, stabilized the vehicle and removed the occupant with minor injuries.The next day, March 30, the dispatch was for a crash with entrapment on Rt. 611 at Duane Road. Rescue 19 and Engine 79’s crews went in service and removed the roof of the vehicle to safely remove the trapped occupant.On April 3, the dispatch was for wires in the dwelling at 15 Shady Grove Circle in Doylestown Township. On arrival, Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux reported a smoke condition in the dwelling, and on further investiagtion found an electrical fire in the basement and upgraded the call to a working dwelling fire. Once PECO secured the power, the fire, which was contained by dry chemical extinguishers, was able to be extinguished fully, with relatively minor damage to the home and no injuries. Doylestown Township fire marshal Rick Schea and PECO are continuing to investigate.

Deputy Chief Ed Truman talks to Chief Engineer 19 Denny Loux after the basement fire was controlled.

 

Vehicle fire shuts 202 bypass for a short time

 

The fire company was dispatched for a vehicle fire on the Route 202 bypass northbound, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:23 PM. Deputy 19 Ed Truman and Battalion 19 Jim Shepard arrived to find a vehicle with the engine compartment well involved. Engines 79 and 19 responded and extinguished the fire quickly. There were no injuries.

All clear on State Street now

Lt. 19 Don Talenti prepares to enter Artistic Pizza.

If you were in or around Doylestown Borough in the evening of Weds., August 9, you probably saw the fire company. At 6:51 PM, we were dispatched for a building fire at 86 West State Street. On arrival, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr. found a small electrical fire in the area of the gas meter on the exterior of 86 West. The restaurant was evacuated, and PECO Energy called.

In these type of responses, we have to wait for the utility company to come and secure the utilities, for everyone’s safety. This was determined to be a complex situation, and more assistance was called for. So we waited. It was a pleasure talking to everyone as they passed and asked questions.

Big thanks to Tim Wylie and the staff at Nat’s Pizza for the waterice!

After around 3 hours of standing by, we broke down the scene, leaving just the crew from Engine 19. Just as many of the company had returned home and started to relax, our pagers opened and reported an alarm sounding on the block east, at 6 W State St., followed quickly by a full building fire response. There was smoke showing as Chief Cramer and Battalion Chief Jim Shepard arrived. Luckily, it was a few overcooked pizzas contained to the over with no damage or injuries.

And all this on our drill night.

We were supposed to be training at a home that’s about to be demolished. Battalion Chief Will Fluck and his helpers worked a good part of Weds. afternoon preparing. We’ll give that another try next week.

One note, when you see us in gear with the trucks blocking traffic, we don’t take everyone’s safety lightly. We don’t block traffic for frivolous reasons. Please slow down, and go around. You’ll get there safely.

We care, about you.

The newest vehicle in the fleet, Utility 79, on the fireground.

Thanks to our mutual aid partners from Warrington Fire Company.

The command staff discusses strategy. Left to right, Don Talenti, Sam Cramer, Jr., Jim Shepard, Nate Coia and Will Fluck.

A few notes on fire safety

Firefighter Grant Castor clears a window for ventilation and firefighter safety.

The volunteer members of the fire company responded to a few “almosts” last week. “Almosts”, as in an incident that was almost much worse. With that in mind, and the knowledge that thankfully no one was seriously injured, we offer the following-

1- When cooking, don’t leave anything over heat unattended. We’ve had a string of kitchen incidents where unattended contents caught fire.

2- If a pot suddenly flashes and fire erupts, cover it with a fireproof lid. Don’t try to extinguish it if you can smother it.

3- Don’t attempt to move the pot.

4- Get everyone out and call 911.

5- Don’t attempt to fight the fire yourself. We are trained, equipped and ready. Our main concern is your safety.

6- Smoke detectors on every floor and every bedroom. They save lives.

We have many more of these. Got a question- please ask! If we can’t answer, we’ll get you to someone who can.

Because we care, about you.

Firefighters Peter Mills and Steve Downs clear the fire scene.

Members repack hose for the next call.

Firefighter Nick Tartaglia checks for fire extension.

Fire at water treatment plant- smoke seen for miles

Lt. 79 Nate Coia works on setting up the main on Ladder 79

The fire company was dispatched to the ChalBrit water treatment plant on Lower State Road in Doylestown Township on May 24, 2017. Engines 19, 79, Ladder 79, Rescue 19 and fire police responded. Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. was in charge of operations at his former place of employment for over 20 years. There were no injuries, but alot of fire gear needed to be washed afterwards.

Jess Meisinger heads to the fire after helping set up the ladder for service.

The fire was seated in the roof of the processing building.

Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. ran operations, here with Chalfont Battalion chief Nick Marino.

Dan Kline and Jess Meisinger on a line on side A.

Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. and Deputy 19 Ed Truman.

Firefighter Pete Mills on the pump panel of Ladder 79.

 

Small house fire creates concerns, challenges

Engine 19’s crew of Tommy Kirk, Nick Tartaglia and Evan Birmingham enter with the first line.

Box 79-41 was dispatched at 5:41 PM on May 22, 2017 for a dwelling fire at 37 Quarry Road in Doylestown Township. En route to the scene, Captain 79 Craig Lager and Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. were informed by Bucks County Fire Radio that police were on scene and reporting heavy smoke from the dwelling. On arrival, a working fire was transmitted, with the possibility of 1 occupant trapped but not located. Initially companies were in service searching for a victim,  but after 20 minutes, the occupant walked up to the fireground, unhurt. Fire was knocked down quickly, but due to interior conditions overhaul was extensive and slow. There were no injuries. Thanks to all the companies who responded or covered, including Warrington, Hartsville, Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Midway, Warwick, Warminster Fire and Horsham covering Station 29. Also thanks to Warrington Community and Central Bucks Ambulance for rehab services on scene, and Doylestown Township and Central Bucks Regional Police Departments. The fire was placed under control at 6:11 PM, and companies cleared the scene at 8:22 PM.

Stretching the first line are Capt. 79 Craig Lager and FF Michele Cevasco.

Warrington firefighters arrive to assist.

More troops arrive to assist.

Conditions in the rear, along with limited space, made access difficult. Firefighters Jess Meisinger and Grant Castor access from side C.

Firefighter Kyle Downs works on ventilation at the front of the building.

Operations acting chief Mike Wood directs firefighters.

The dwelling was next to the Edison Quarry.

Fresh troops wait to be given orders.

Don’t let the gear fool you, that’s Lt. 79 Nate Coia, borrowing some gear.

The rehab sector, with Medic 129 personnel taking care of firefighters.

Barn fire in Dublin

Engines 19, 19-1, 79 and Field 79 were dispatched to assist Dublin Fire Company at a barn fire on Smith School Road. The stone barn was fully involved on arrival. Members assisted with water supply, extinguishment and logistics. There were no injuries.

Unbelieveable find in a burning pile of trash

Found in the trash- a still hot piece of discarded firewood.

On the cold, sunny morning of March 17, 2017, the fire company was dispatched for a trash truck fire in Buckingham Township at Coldbrook Ct. and Lexington Dr. On arriving, Battalion 19 Jim Shepard found that the driver of the truck had emptied the contents in the middle of the street, and it was smoldering. Engine 79’s crew worked to separate the pile, and after a good bit of foraging, found the still burning hunk of firewood pictured above.

Yes, someone discarded hot firewood in the trash.

Luckily no one was injured, thanks to the heads up work by the truck driver to notice the fire early.

But really? We’ve told you many times that embers and debris from a fireplace need to be discarded carefully. Placed in a metal container and doused with water thoroughly. Not in a plastic trash can. Ever.

Had that container been up against a home and left with the hot embers, it could have started a much larger fire and possibly involved the home.

Firefighters Tommy Kirk, Grant Castor and Peter Mills work to separate the trash and find the source of the fire.

The smoldering pile of trash in the middle of Lexington Drive in Buckingham Township on March 17.

Quick response limits damage

Firefighters Justin Hane and Ray Bosche advance a line into the heavily involved room.

The fire company was dispatched for a building fire to 625 North Main St in Doylestown Borough for a fire at the Main Street Inn. En route, Bucks County Fire Radio reported that police were on scene reporting heavy fire from a 1st floor room. Battalion 19, Jim Shepard, arrived on scene and reported a working fire. Engine 19, with the sleep-in duty crew, arrived and quickly stretched a hand line and knocked down the fire. There was damage to both floors of the motel. One firefighter was treated and released for minor burns. Central Bucks Regional Police and the Bucks County Fire Marshals office are investigating the cause of the fire.

Line is pulled from Engine 19 as Battalion 79 Will Fluck sizes up the attack.

Firefighter Justin Hane prepares to attack the blaze.

Firefighters Tommy Kirk and Justin Hane get water on the fire.