Thursday, June 21, 2012
With temperatures pushing 100 degrees on the hottest day of the year so far the last thing any fire fighter wants to do is work at a fire with at least 50 pounds of additional equipment hanging off them. Well, as we all should know fire or tragedy can strike at any moment and when the pager sounds the volunteers at the KPVFC do not hesitate to spring into action. Today was no exception as Station 47 and Quint 31 (Bridgeport #1) were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire on the 400 block of Prince Frederick Street just after 4:00 this afternoon. Living across the street and home at the time, F.M.46 (Camarda) reported a 2 story single family dwelling with fire running the exterior wall of the “B” division and smoke showing from the roof. Engine 47-1 (Griffith Jr.) and Tower 47 (Molchany) hit the street with 3 fire fighters each while several Assistant Chiefs responded directly to the scene. Engine 47-1 arriving 1st due, secured their own water supply and stretched a 1-3/4” hoseline. They were assigned to division 2 with Assistant Chief Thomas where the crew worked to expose and extinguish fire behind the walls and ceilings. Tower 47 arrived shortly after the engine and Quint 31 when they were assigned to Assistant Chief M. Gallagher on the B division of the dwelling. The crew checked for any additional extension behind the siding or into the attic from the exterior. A special thanks to the good samaritan who helped keep the fire in check with a garden hose. Coupled by this and the arrival of the KPVFC, the fire was kept from extending into the attic or into a larger portion of the house. All units cleared the scene around 6P.M. Other responding units included Rescue 49 (Swedesburg), Rescue 53 (Fire fighter Assist & Search Team) and Lafayette EMS.