Sunday, December 25, 2011 23:26
At 2326 hours on Christmas Day units from Hockessin were dispatched to
assist Chester County Station 24 (Kennett) on a "working" fire on
Indian Springs Road just off Bayard Road. Tanker 19 responded shortly
thereafter with 5 personnel under the command of Assistant Chief 198A
(Antoine). Rescue 19 responded as the RIT (Rapid Intervention Team)
with 7 personnel under the command of 198 (Perrone).
An orange glow was visible in the night sky as both units proceeded up
Bayard Road. Upon arrival a heavy volume of fire was venting from a
large two-story dwelling. The fire had been reported to the occupants
by a neighbor, all escaped safely. Due to the lack of hydrants on
Indian Springs Road Tanker 19 was placed into a water supply shuttle.
Numerous other tankers from across Chester County soon joined in.
Tanker 19's remaining 4 personnel were detailed to fire suppression
operations. Rescue 19's crew assembled the requisite tools and
medical equipment for RIT operations and all 7 personnel deployed to
the front of the fire building
Due to the large volume of fire interior operations were temporarily
suspended while the ladder pipe from Chester County Ladder 25
(Longwood) darkened down the fire. Once the bulk of the fire had been
knocked down interior firefighting resumed. A crew from Chester
County Rescue 36 (Po-Mar-Lin) replaced Rescue 19's crew as the RIT.
Rescue 19's crew was reassigned to suppression. Hockessin personnel
spent the hours following engaged in firefighting and extensive
overhaul and salvage of the fire building and its contents. Hockessin
firefighters were in service for over four hours at this incident.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by Chester County Fire
Marshals 101 and 102.
Tanker 19 personnel: Notarnicola (driver), Antoine (officer), Saienni,
Rescue 19 personnel: Broadwater (driver), Perrone (officer), Gropp,
Florian, Yang, Peirson III, Treml.
Photo's and Story by: Deputy Chief Broadwater