Dwelling Fire Closes Darby and the Pike for close to Four Hours

Roughly around 3:27 PM on 9/13 a witness reported a house fire across the street from Llanerch Fire Company (Co. 34); walking in and notifying members. 34-9 (Chief Roberts) notified fireboard by radio of a working fire at the corner of Darby rd. and West Chester Pike. A dwelling response was dispatched with Co. 35 (Brookline) requested for assistance, Co. 38 (Oakmont) for the R.I.T. who was requested by 34-9 to respond full company just before dispatch, Co. 56 (Manoa-temporarily taking over R.I.T. responsibilities) and Co. 58 (Bon Air). The two story twin dwelling had heavy fire in the rear with visible lateral and vertical extension and heavy smoke conditions. As fire fighters from multiple companies were progressing with an interior attack, it became apparent to Chief Roberts that conditions were rapidly worsening as heavy fire began to blow out the front windows on the second floor, and evacuation tones were sounded. A third alarm was sounded with the request for Ladder 26 (Highland Park) for manpower, Co. 20 (Garrettford-Drexil Hill) for the R.I.T., and MontCo Co. 21 (Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills) for man power and totake on cover responsibilities for Llanerch. Crews eventually made their way back inside the dwelling to knock down any remaining fire and check for extension & hot spots while MontCo Co. 25 (Merion Fire Company of Ardmore) covered for Oakmont. EMS and Rehab crews on scene included 34-7, 56-7, 75-7 (Briarcliffe),  Medic 103 (DCMH), Medic 108 (Haverford Paramedics), 108-9, 108-9A, 108-A, and MontCo Rehab 313 (Narberth). The homeowner was transported to a nearby hospital for injuries but is believed to be free of serious injuries. No other casualties were reported. No official source has been named to have started the fire.

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