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Crews Fight Warwick Twp. Barn Fire for Hours
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December 6, 2022

At 21:33 on 11/17/22, TVFD was dispatched along with mutual aid companies to a dwelling fire at 2550 Ridge Rd in Warwick Township. A passerby reported fire from the roof of a residence. Engine 69-1 & Engine 69-5 were on the road with full crews in under two minutes.

Engine 69-1 & Chief 69 arrived to find fire showing from a large barn. Chief 69 assumed command and requested the working fire dispatch as well as a tanker task force. Crews found heavy fire from the rear of a large garage that was connected to a barn. Several 1 3/4” handlines were stretched simultaneously to both the exterior and the front man door of the barn.

Upon arrival to the scene, Engine 69-5 began a split lay in the driveway to barn, Ridge Fire Company Engine 62-5 finished the split lay to Ridge Rd where a porta-tank was set up for tanker operations. Glen Moore Fire Company Engine 48-1 established a tanker fill site at Saint Peter’s Village.

Firefighters were able to knock down visible fire inside the garage portion of the barn but were unable to access the attic that had heavy fire conditions throughout. Firefighters were pulled from the building due to deteriorating conditions and began defensive operations. Additional handlines were streched to the rear and sides of the building to attack the fire.

Upon arrival, Ladder 69 was able to use a separate driveway to access the scene and set up its aerial in front of the building. The aerial was set up after the roof of the garage part of the building collapsed. With the aerial was placed in service crews discovered that solar panels were on the roof that collapsed. All water operations were shut down until it was determined the solar panels were disconnected. Once that was confirmed operations resumed.

Due to the fire load, additional tankers were requested to the scene bringing companies from as far as East Whiteland and New Holland. Ludwig’s Corner Fire Company Engine 73-1 was sent to establish a 2nd fill site on Brick Lane in Elverson. Several masterstreams were placed in service including the aerial, a deck gun, and a ground monitors to contain the fire along with multiple handlines.

With the amount of manpower on scene or enroute of the extensive operations Montgomery County Canteen 41 was requested to the scene. Several other companies were also sent to relocate into the area to cover for units at the fire.

An excavator was called to the scene to assist with demolition of the compromised garage. The fire was placed under control just over 5 hours into the incident. Crews continued to work to extinguish hot spots as the Chester County Fire Marshal’s Office began their investigation. Once determined that all hot spots were extinguished crews began breaking down. The final units cleared the scene just before 0500.

Units: Engine 69-1, Engine 69-5, Ladder 69, Chief 69, Squad 69-1, Utility 69
Mutual Aid: Ridge Fire Company, Glen Moore Fire Company, Lionville Fire Company, Elverson-Honey Brook EMS, Ludwigs’s Corner Fire Company, Friendship Fire Company of Geigertown, Monarch Fire Company, Norco Fire Company, Honey Brook Fire Company, Tower-Direct EMS, Kimberton Fire Company, Caernarvon Fire Company, East Whiteland Fire Company, Valley Forge Fire Company, Garden Spot Fire Rescue, North Penn Goodwill Service

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