House fire attacked quickly minimizes damage

Firefighter Rachel Loux pulls a line to the front door of the home.

At 4:37 PM on June 22, 2020, the fire company was dispatched for the report of a fire at 24 Walnut Lane in Doylestown Borough. On his arrival, Battalion Chief 79, Grant Castor, reported fire showing from the front right corner of the home and an active basement fire.

The fire was located in the home’s electrical equipment in the basement and burned through to the exterior of the house. Because of this, extinguishment of the fire was delayed while waiting for PECO energy to arrive and cut the power to the house, which they did about 20 minutes later. Chief Mike Wood placed the fire under control at 5:24 PM, and firefighters and investigators remained on scene until 7 PM. There were no injuries, and damage was limited to the corner of the home.

Thanks to our mutual aid response by Midway, Plumsteadville and Warwick Fire Companies and cover companies Lingohocken and Chalfont. Central Bucks EMS handled the very important rehab sector, as temperatures were in the upper 80’s with high humidity, putting firefighters at an increased risk. And thanks to our fire police and assisting units from Chalfont, Plumsteadville, Midway and Warwick.

Smoke was venting from the front door as firefighters entered to attack.
Firefighter Karen Truman and Junior Firefighter Ben Morris get a water supply going.
The twins- Engines 19 and 79- working in tandem to get water on the fire.
Firefighters from Midway and Plumsteadville arrive to assist.
Battalion Chief 79, Grant Castor and Safety officer 19, Tom Smith, discuss the operation.
Medics from Central Bucks EMS check firefighters and provide hydration and cooling on the hot, humid day.