On Monday May 11th at 8:07am the Western Berks Fire Department and mutual aid units were dispatched to the 4000 block of Penn Ave in Sinking Spring Borough for a Structure Fire with Entrapment. E18-1 responded immediately and shortly into the response encountered a visible smoke column from approximately 2 miles out and radioed a working fire. Berks DES also confirmed the report and notified responding units they were receiving multiple calls with possibly 2 people still inside the structure.
E18-1 and E85 arrived simultaneously and went to work immediately. Crews were met with fire in the 2nd floor rear, of a 2.5 story single family dwelling extending into the roofline and 3rd floor. The crew from E18-1 pulled an attack line while the crew from E85 supported the operation and completed a search of the building. All occupants were able to get out of the structure prior to the arrival of fire crews. Crews operated on scene for approximately 45 minutes before placing the fire under control. In total crews had 3 hand lines in service to extinguish the fire. WBFD units were on scene for approximately 3 hours with 11 members.
We were assisted by the following companies
-Township of Spring Fire Rescue Services
-Wyomissing Fire Department
-Shillington Fire Company
-Kenhorst Fire Company
-Mohnton Fire Company (RIT)
-Western Berks Ambulance Association
-Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall