On the morning of November 20, Bucks County Emergency Communications dispatched Doylestown Fire Company to Box 19-16, 3826 Old Easton Road, for a building fire at the Arbonite Corp at 0532.. While en route, dispatchers reported multiple reports of fire through the roof, including from a Doylestown Borough Police Dept. sergeant. Battalion 19, Paul Kreuter arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire, with fire through the roof of the 150×100 1 story building. All companies were ordered to go in service with master stream devices, and a tanker task force was ordered for water supply. Car 98, the Bucks County Hazardous Incident Team, was notified and requested to send a representative due to the presence of multiple products in the industrial coatings company. There were multiple explosions, and heavy fire could be seen for miles.
Deputy 19, Mike Wood, struck the 2nd alarm at 0555, and special called foam units from Penndel and Milford. Central Bucks Ambulance set up a rehab area, and Doylestown Canteen 19 was dispatched for fireground support. Covers came from Bucks, Montco and Hunterdon County, NJ.
The third alarm was struck at 0624, bringing companies from all over Bucks County and Montgomery Township and Colmar in Montgomery County. Companies attacked the fire from both Old Easton Road and Easton Road on the west side of the incident. There were 2 fill sites for the tankers. Multiple elevated master streams were placed in service, as well as ground appliances. The Bucks Haz-mat team monitored the air and worked with the company on the contents of the building, and found minimal risk to the air.
The fire was placed under control at 0740. Companies were on scene for most of the day wetting down hot spots. There were no fire related injuries, but 1 firefighter was transported for a medical emergency. The Bucks County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.