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Daytime House Fire Adds Complications For Firefighters in Pennsylvania

Same Checklist As A Training Scenario

ADAMS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, FIREFIGHTERS kept running into the "expect fire" reminders as they fought a mobile home fire just west of Gettysburg on Monday afternoon.

Chris Eiker / 911 Photography

The call was dispatched at 3:32 pm Eastern and the first-in units from Gettysburg FD reported fire showing.  They were assisted by four nearby VFDs.  What they found on arrival was more than just a major fire advancing from the porch into the home, however.

Chris Eiker / 911 Photography

During the brief 15 minutes that it took to knock the fire down, they discovered:

  • Two elderly occupants, both on medical oxygen, were asleep inside and did not know that their house was on fire.
  • A gasoline can was stored on the porch that was on fire.
  • Extra oxygen bottles were also on the porch.
  • A door closed on the interior hose line just as a sudden and severe increase in heat arose inside leading to a hasty retreat by the hose crew who could no longer maneuver.

The occupants were displaced and the home extensively damaged.


The Hanover Evening Sun has the STORY.
911 Photography has more details plus a 145-image photo gallery HERE.
(all photos by Chris Eiker)

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