Volunteers from West Grove, Avondale, Oxford & Cochranville work together to get the fire under control.
"Nurse" Tanker 21 on scene using gravity to get all water to the rear discharge into Engine 21-1.
Engine 32 entered into the water shuttle.
Engine 21-2 at the fill site filling up Engine 32.
Assistant 22 on arrival at the house trailer fire on Kelton Road requested a working fire dispatch and asked the County 911 Center to fill out the first alarm box.
WGFC members taking "PRIDE" and cleaning Engine 22 to make it ready for the next alarm.
By Firefighter Danny O'Connell
June 1, 2012
Fire Box - 2203
Just moments before 0830 hours the box alarm tones were dispatched for a house fire in the 200 block of Kelton Road in Penn Township. Calls reported a single wide modular home with smoke showing and the building is evacuated. Assistant 22 was first to arrive to a 14'x80' single wide modular home well off, all occupants are evacuated & accounted for and requested the first alarm to be filled.
Engine 22 was first unit to mark enroute. Assistant 22 established "Kelton Command" and ordered Engine 22 to lay in from driveway at Kelton Road and begin fire attack with an attack line. Engine 22 arrived the crew dropped a 5" supply line off to the side leaving the driveway clear for additional resources and laid 500' to the fire building. Next the crew pulled 200' of 1.75" attack line and began to attack the fire. Engine 12 & Tanker 22 arrived together and Engine 12 assumed second due engine company operations and secured the supply line with water and the crew pulled a second attack line from Engine 22. Tanker 22 hooked into Engine 12 and together pumped up to Engine 22.
Ladder 22 and Rescue 27 arrived and pulled up into the scene. The ladder crew went to back up the crew from Engine 22. Rescue 27 crew was set up as the refilling station for the self contained breathing apparatus. Engine 21-1 & Tanker 21 arrived together and setup for rural water supply operation. Engine 21-1 took place of Engine 12 and supplied the fire scene as Tankers from 22, 23 & 27 supplied the "nurse" Tanker 21. Engine crews from 32, 21-1 & 23-2 went to the scene to help with fire suppression. There were two large propane tanks as exposures, so Engine 21-1 crew pulled the 2.5" and began to cool down the tanks and secure them.
Engine 21-2 was ordered to set up the fill site at a nearby hydrant on Pennocks-Bridge Road to refill the tankers. Crews worked until the fire was placed under control at 1001 hours. Command also requested the American Red Cross to assist the family that was living in the home. All units picked up and were ready at 1104 hours. Special thanks to crews from Tanker 36 and Engine 37-1 for covering our first due. No injuries were reported and the house was a total loss. The fire is currently under investigation by the Chester County Fire Marshals office. A total of 21 volunteers and career staff from West Grove battled this morning blaze.
Avondale Engine 23-2 & Tanker 23; Oxford Engines 21-1 & 21-2, & Tanker 21; Cochranville Engine 27-5 & Rescue 27; Chester County & Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshals; Medic 94-1; American Red Cross; Schagrin Gas Company; Superior Gas Company