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.

Midway calls for mutual aid for Peddlers Village building fire

On Tuesday December 20, 2016, Rescue 19 and Engine 19-1 were dispatched on Box 5-52, The Nut Kettle at Peddlers Village on Rt 202 in Lahaska. On arrival, Assistant Chief 5, Tom Benscoter, arrived on location and reported heavy fire showing. Rescue 19 was dispatched as the RIT team, and Engine 19-1 to the scene for manpower.  Members assisted with overhaul and ventilation. There were no injuries.

Midway firefighters make entry to the building.

Tommy Kirk cuts the exterior wall to check for extension.
Lori Westover uses a chainsaw to ventilate the exterior wall and check for extension.
Battalion 19, Jim Shepard, opens windows for ventilation.

Doylestown Volunteers Respond to Ash Mill Road Dwelling Fire

The pagers went off Saturday morning, February 7, 2015 for a reported dwelling fire at Ash Mill Road and Route 202 in Buckingham Township. Doylestown was called in to assist Midway Fire Company with the reported fire. Engine 19 and Ladder 79 were dispatched to assist with firefighting and Rescue 19 was dispatched to provide RIT coverage for the firefighters working on the call. Photos from Bret Morris.

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Ladder 79 crew raises a ladder.
Ladder 79 crew raises a ladder.
Ladder 5 crew working on the roof
Ladder 5 crew working on the roof

Box 19-15, Arbonite Compressor Building

On April 15, 2014, the fire company was dispatched to Arbonite Co., 3826 Old Easton Road, Buckingham Twp., for a building fire. First arriving units reported fire and smoke from the roof, Battalion 79, Denny Loux, Jr., arrived and reported the working fire. Engine 19 and Ladder 79, along with Engines 15 and 41 and Tower 24, went to work. The structure was a small enclosure for a compressor on the exterior of a 1 story shop building on the complex.  Lines were stretched to knock down the fire and cool off a 55 gallon drum. Companies went to the roof to check for extension and into the interior. The fire was placed under control in 30 minutes. There were no injuries.

Box 19-15 4/15/14

BC5 Dave Shapp
BC5 Dave Shapp
Line being pulled off Engine 19
Line being pulled off Engine 19
Line being pulled off Engine 19
Line being pulled off Engine 19
Overhaul on the roof
Overhaul on the roof
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire with BC 19 Jim Shepard
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire with BC 19 Jim Shepard
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire`
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire`
Stretching a line
Stretching a line
Pushing the line
Pushing the line
Dan Hinkle pulling line
Dan Hinkle pulling line
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire
Dan Hinkle and Sam Tilley on the BlitzFire
Cooling
Cooling
Bill Price
Bill Price
BC 19 Jin Shepard
BC 19 Jin Shepard
Cooling off a 55 gallon drum
Cooling off a 55 gallon drum
DC 29 Joe Fuchs, Safety Officer
DC 29 Joe Fuchs, Safety Officer
Sam Tilley
Sam Tilley
Attack line
Attack line
Cooling
Cooling
Roof ops
Roof ops

Box 19-15 4/15/14 Box 19-15 4/15/14

Cooling line
Cooling line