Sharon Hill Fire Company - Station 9

Fatal First Due Apartment Fire

May 15th, 2012  

Shortly after the regular weekly drill the box assignment was struck out for 601 Poplar, Spring Village Apartments for a reported building fire in our First Due local. On the ticket were Companies 09 (Sharon Hill), 05 (Glenolden), 01 (Folcroft), RIT-19 (Lansdowne), and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital EMS Units. Engine 9-2 with a crew of 7 firefighters under the command of Asst. Chief Miller quickly hit the street during dispatch. Asst. Chief Attix arrived and reported heavy fire showing from 2nd floor Sides A & B of a 2 Story Garden Style Apartment Building. Engine 9-2 arrived within 2minutes of dispatch and laid in from the corner of Reese and Poplar and arrived to find heavy smoke now showing from the common attic as well as heavy fire from a top floor apartment. Crews were advised of reports of an occupant still trapped in the apartment on fire.

Chief Benecke arrived on location and assumed command of the incident and confirmed reports of 1 occupant still trapped inside the structure. Crews from 09-2 quickly placed two handlines in service and aggressively attacking the fire as well opening up the common attic from an adjacent apartment. During the fire attack Captain Mackay located an unconscious occupant and along with Asst. Chief Miller removed the occupant from the structure. F/F Fisher and Lt. Butler continued fire suppression activites along with F/F McCann, F/F Edwards, F/F Phillips. Crews turned the occupant over to EMS Units from Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Paramedic Department. Crews quickly gained control of the fire and held it to the apartment of origin with minor extension into the common attic and minor damage to adjacent apartments. Command requested an additional RIT Team from 43 (Holmes). Tower 05 and TeleSquirt 1 opened up the roof for ventilation and to stop possible extension. Company 9 responded with a total of 33 volunteer firefighters. The Occupant was transported to local area hospital and later scummed to her injuries. The Fire is being investigated by Sharon Hill Fire Marshalls Office, Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division and Pennsylvannia State Fire Marshalls Office. No Cause or Determination has been made, and is still under investigation. 

During the fire Companies 06 & 42 (Collingdale #1 & #2), 02 (Norwood), and RIT-43 (Holmes) handled another building fire in our local during the fire that was a minor kitchen fire. Companies 39 (Lower Chi) and 52 (Brookhaven) relocated to our station and provided coverage for our local while we operated on scene of the fire until 4am approx.  Engines 9-1, 9-2, 9-3 Utility 9-8 all responded to the scene.

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