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Western Berks EMS Station 1, Structure Fire, Spring Twp
Thu, Feb 18th, 2021 7:29:00 pm Early in the evening of Thursday February 18, TSFRS Engine 85, West Reading Engine 64, Shillington Engine36, Mohnton Engine 57, Wyo FD Tower 79, Western Berks FD Ladder 18, Muhlenberg FD 66RIT and Western Berks EMS Medic 6511 were dispatched for a structure fire on Belmont Avenue in the West Lawn section of Spring Township. As companies went responding, additional information was supplied by Communications reporting an ambulance on fire in the garage and operations were assigned to Fire Op's 1. WBFD Deputy 18-1 arrived on scene and reported a two-story ambulance station with fire on the first-floor garage area, declared a working fire and established Belmont Avenue Command.

E85 under Capt Conner arrived on scene and connected to a hydrant across from the building. L79 under Capt Holmes positioned in front of the building and placed the main to the roof. Heavy smoke was issuing from the double bay garage door with an active fire visible through the windows of the garage door. A 200' 2" hoseline was stretched to the office entrance on Side A and advanced though the office to the garage floor. A moderate smoke condition was found in the office, while heavy smoke was present in the garage. Active fire was found at the front of the ambulance and water was flowed into ceiling area and onto the front of the ambulance.

Capt 85 requested L79 cut open the garage door for better access due to very tight quarters inside the garage. The hood of the ambulance was butterflied for better access to the fire in the engine compartment and the crew cab. Extensive overhaul of the ambulance and garage area ensued, while the 2nd floor was checked for extension. An additional hose line was advanced to the second floor but was not needed and subsequently withdrawn.

Command struck a second alarm due to initial manpower concerns but was subsequently recalled. Gas and electric services were both secured. Chief 85 worked with the PSP Fire Marshal during the investigation, and assisted WBEMS leadership to secure the property and equipment. EMS crews were later relocated to TSFRS and Wyo FD to maintain coverage for the short term until more permanent arrangements could be made.

Command: DC18-1
Units: E85,TN85,U85, L79, E64, E36,R36, E57,L18,U66, C85,DC85