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December, 2017

1ST Responder Newspaper - PA

Flames Consume Hughesville Storage Building Hughesville, PA - On Friday, October 20th at 6:41 P.M., Lycoming County control dispatched Box 24-1 for a working structure fire at 201 Boak Avenue, R.T. Machine Company. Hughesville FD/Station 24, Picture Rocks FD/Station 26, JUMP TO FILE# Muncy Area FD/Sta- 102917111 tion 39, and Muncy Twp. FD for Tanker 23 were dispatched on the first-alarm. Chief 24, Steve Stiger, living only about a block from the scene, responded and was on scene within a minute of the dispatch reporting a working fire in a lean-to type shed, detached from the main building. The shed was approximately 20’x60’ with two of the four bays heavily involved. Engine 1-24 arrived on scene a few minutes after dispatch and pulled past the structure to take up a position between the main building and the shed. The crew immediately deployed a blitz gun on a pre-connected three-inch line to attack the main body of fire. The second half of the crew began to deploy a one-and-three-quarter inch line to stop the progression of the fire down the length of the shed. Tanker 24 arrived within three minutes of the engine and pulled up directly beside, hooking a short three-inch supply line into them to supplement their tank water. Ladder 39 arrived just behind the tanker, staged to the front of the main building and sent their manpower forward to assist in pulling the debris apart so that the attack lines could continue knocking down the fire. Just as Ladder 39 arrived, Engine 24 pulled in and stopped short of the fire building, as they saw that the fire was spreading into the dry overgrowth all around the side and rear of the shed. A one-and-threequarter inch line was pulled and advanced around to the rear of the shed and was used to soak down the heavy overgrowth in the back of the building. Engine 1-26 arrived along with Tanker 26 and the engine crew assisted with handling the brush fire to the side and rear of the structure while the tanker supported the engine with its water. Tanker 23 arrived just in time to replace Tanker 24 and immediately hooked into Engine 1-24 to supply them and to continue the attack and mopping up of the front of the shed. Fortunately, there was a hydrant not far down the street from the building, so Tanker 24 went to refill and returned to the scene shortly after. The fire was under control and being mopped up within 15 minutes of the initial dispatch and units were being released shortly thereafter. The State Police Fire Marshal is investigating. All units were released from the scene by 9:52 P.M., with a thank you to Stations 39, 23 and 26 for their assistance. - DARIN SMITH

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

Blitz line and one-and-three-quarter inch line being stretched to attack the fire as Tanker 24 arrives to supply additional water to the engine.

Putting a hit on the fire.

DARIN SMITH/TRUCK 18 PHOTOGRAPHY

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1st Responder News PA December Edition  

1st Responder News PA December Edition