Last night, at approximately 10:50 pm, Station 28 was dispatched to the 300 block of Levering Mill Road for an Automatic Fire Alarm. Enroute the call was upgraded to a building assignment for reports of smoke from the rear of the building. Engine 28 arrived to find a three-story, type III, unoccupied commercial with smoke showing. 28 personnel went in service with a 1.75″ attack line, encountered heavy smoke in the basement and command transmitted the working fire dispatch. After a primary search of the basement was completed, the source was identified as a large refrigerant leak. Due to the size of the leak, quantity of hazardous materials on the premise, command ordered an evacuation of all units operating on the interior. The Montgomery County Hazardous Materials Chief (CH 81) responded and assisted units on scene with mitigating the incident.
Units on scene: Engine 28, Ladder 22, Engine 26, Squad 22, Ladder 21, Ladder 24, Squad 23, Engine 25 [RIT], Air 24 [Cascade], Narberth Ambulance (DC 313, 313-21, 313-9), FM 34-3, and Chief 81
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, Narberth Fire Company, Narberth Ambulance, and Lower Merion Police Department
A special thanks to Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company (MONTCO 49) for once again covering our district during the duration of the incident.