Tanker Shuttle Needed
A LARGE, 2-½ STORY WOODFRAME HOUSE in Adams County, Pennsylvania, had extensive damage after a chimney fire extended into the walls Friday night.
The fire started when a guest of the homeowner lit the woodstove at the base of the chimney around 6:30 pm. Soon after, he smelled smoke and saw smoke coming out of the walls. After calling the FD, he safely left the house.
The first-in units from the Liberty Fire Company in East Berlin found smoke showing throughout the house on arrival and laid a 600-ft. supply line up the lengthy driveway. A tanker was used to shuttle water from a creek some distance from the house.
As operations were beginning, fire broke through between the chimney and the exterior wall.
The first line in was able to get a direct attack on the fire and it was brought under control in about 20 minutes. Another hour was needed to fully extinguish the fire that had gotten into the 2nd floor and the attic.
Two firefighters had minor injuries, one for smoke inhalation and the other a sprained knee. Damages are estimated to be at least $100,000.
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