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Photo Crew First-In On Pennsylvania Commercial Barn Fire

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Firegeezer notes:  Professional photographer Steve Roth and his associate were traveling Sunday morning when they spotted a working fire in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Steve's narrative provides the basis for the story we bring you here.

Shortly after noon on Sunday, 911 Photography's owner/photographer Steve Roth, staff photographer Bryan Felix and their families were returning from New York when smoke was spotted coming from a barn along Interstate 81. Steve placed a phone call to the Dauphin County 911 Center to report a working barn fire off route 81, at the Bow Creek Road exit.

911 Photography – Steve Roth photo

While Bryan guided the car up off the interstate,Steve was informing the 911 center they had an approximately 50 x 75 unoccupied barn full of antiques with heavy smoke pushing from the gable end of the roof and fire throughout the first floor of the place of business.

Prior to any fire department arrival, a call was made to the 911 center suggesting to incoming companies they not bring a lot of apparatus downt he lane and to drop a supply line from the hard road as space was limited down the lane and the radiant heat was extreme. Just prior to the arrival of the first-in engine company, the structure vented itself from the gable end as well as throughout the roof area.

911 Photography – Steve Roth

East Hanover Township engine 39 arrived first, and laid a five-inch supply line from Bow Creek Road down the single gravel lane, with West Hanover Township Engine 36 second due arriving, and going around to the front of the barn. Water supply was established on the hard road with portable tanks set up and a tanker shuttle was established from distant hydrants.

Steve Roth

Steve Roth

A truck company from Palmyra eventually made its way down the lane, set up and began flowing water from the ladder pipe.

911 Photography – Bryan Felix

Twenty fire companies from Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, and Lancaster Counties responded to the fire with several still on the scene at 10 pm working the hot spots and mopping up.

The barn and contents were a total loss but the amount of damage is not yet known.  The owner was in or around the property when the fire started.  A State Police fire marshal will be on the scene today (Monday) to investigate the cause.

911Photography has posted two photo galleries containing images taken during the fire operations HERE and HERE.

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