At 04:31 hours on Friday, March 31st Tower 34 was dispatched to the 200 block of Hill Road to assist Bon Air Fire Company 58 on a house fire. Initial dispatch reported smoke from the roof. Responding units were advised while enroute that supplemental information indicated that there were power lines down in the area.
Pipeline 58 arrived and established command, reporting a 1.5 story single family dwelling with smoke showing from the roof and requesting a second alarm. Tower 34 arrived and assumed truck company operations. Initial access to the fire building was complicated by an energized primary electrical distribution line that was down in the front yard of the dwelling.
While carefully avoiding the electrical hazard, Tower 34's manpower split into two crews. The interior crew proceeded to the second floor, completed a primary search, and located a heavy smoke condition on the D side of the structure. Upon opening the walls and ceiling the crew located heavy fire running the studs and rafters of the second floor. Tower 34's ventilation crew deployed ground ladders and ventilated the roof, encountering heavy fire in the C/D corner of the structure. Pipeline 58's crew stretched two 1 3/4 inch hand lines to the second floor. With coordinated fire attack and ventilation the engine and truck companies were able to contain the fire to the void spaces on the second floor.
Also responding from company 34 on the second alarm assignment were Engine 34-1, Engine 34-2, and Utility 34. Crews assisted with overhaul, salvage, and roof operations.
Company 34 returned available at 07:09 hours.
Also on location were Manoa Fire Company, Brookline Fire Company, Oakmont Fire Company, Springfield Fire Company, Garrettford Drexel Hill Fire Company, Narberth EMS, Haverford Township Police, and PECO.
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