Monday, July 2, 2012
Just before the time most people awake for work the pagers sounded for the members of the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company (KPVFC). At 5:00 AM Station 47 and Quint 31 (Bridgeport Fire Company #1) were dispatched to the 200 block of Candlebrook Rd. for a dwelling fire. Initial information from the caller indicated fire from the rear of the dwelling. Upper Merion police officers arrived shortly after dispatch and confirmed a working fire at the residence. The working fire response automatically required the 911 center to dispatch Rescue 27 (Fairmount of Norristown) as the firefighter assist and search team, Rescue 49 (Swedesburg Fire Co.) for the breathing air supply unit and Lafayette Ambulance. Deputy 47 (Menago) arrived and established "Candlebrook Road Command" with fire and smoke showing from the chimney in the rear of a two story single family dwelling. Engine 47-1 (A/C Kesczcyk) secured its own hydrant at the cross street and dropped a 5" water supply line into the scene. While the engine company was doing this Tower 47 (A/C J. Gallagher) arrived and assumed the responsibilities of the 1st due truck company. The crew from Tower 47 split conducting searches for any remaining occupants and searching for extension of fire through the dwelling. The crew from Engine 47-1 stretched a 1-3/4" hose line to the first floor and extinguished the fire which was found to be burning within the wood framed walls of the chimney for a gas fueled fire place. Squad 47 established a secondary water supply from a hydrant further up on Candlebrook Rd. and teamed up with the crew from Engine 47-2 to overhaul the top of the chimney from the rear porch roof. The fire was contained to the chimney with minimal extension into the living area. Thanks goes to Swedesburg and Fairmount fire companies for assisting in overhaul and wrapping up the hose as well as Lafayette Ambulance for providing rehab services. All units were clear from the scene by 7:00 AM just in time for some members to get to work.