Last evening, at approximately 20:00 hours, Station 28 was dispatched to the intersection of Belmont Ave. and David Rd. for a reported vehicle fire. Soon after, the call was redispatched for a residential building fire on the 100 block of David Rd. Engine 28 responded with a crew of 5 and arrived on scene to find: a 1 story, type V, occupied single family, with heavy fire showing. 28 personnel led off with a 2.5″ attack line and encountered heavy fire and smoke throughout the 1st floor. As Ladder 22 arrived, command received reports of possible entrapment. 28 and 22 personnel began a primary search of the fire floor. While 24 and 21 personnel simultaneously conducted a search in the basement. Both resulted in positive searches with a dog being rescued from the 1st floor and one male subject being rescued from the basement. 28, 25, and 22 personnel horizontally and vertically ventilated, while 26 personnel assisted with primary fire attack.
Thanks to the initial attack and mutual aid from Stations 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 49 – the fire was placed under control 30 minutes after arrival.
Units on scene: Engine 28, Ladder 28, Ladder 22, Ladder 21, Engine 26, Engine 26-2, Engine 25, Ladder 25, Squad 22, Ladder 24 [RIT], Air 35 [Cascade], Rescue 22, Engine 23, Squirt 49, Narberth Ambulance (313-1, 313-4, 313-12, & 313-21), Delaware County Medic 108, FM 34-2, and Lower Merion 5.
The Union Fire Association would like to thank all of the Mutual Aid companies involved. Specifically, Penn Wynne Fire Company – Station 21, Belmont Hills Fire Company, Bryn Mawr Fire Company, Gladwyne Volunteer Fire Company, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company (MONTCO 49), Narberth Fire Company, Narberth Ambulance, and Lower Merion Police Department.
A special thanks to Bon Air Fire Company (Delaware County Station 58) for covering our district during the duration of the incident.