|February 15, 2013 at 1:00pm|
Mount Carmel, Pa. - On February 12th at 18:25 hours the Mount Carmel Fire Department (Five Stations), Mount Carmel Township Fire Department (Atlas Station) and AREA EMS were dispatched to East Center and Locust Streets in Mount Carmel for a house fire.
One of the assistant chiefs arrived on scene in minutes and found flames shooting from the rear of a 2 ½ story row home. He confirmed it was a working fire and determined there were three homes in danger of burning. He then requests to have the second alarm dispatched to the scene.
Fire units from Shamokin, Kulpmont, Coal Township and Ashland responded to the scene to assist. Engine 2 arrived first and established water supply from hydrant in front of the home.
Large hose lines and deck gun from Engine 2 were deployed and attacked the fire from the ALPHA Side. Ladder 2 staged and set up on the Delta Side of Exposure D. Atlas Engine 21 established a second water supply and staged to the rear of the home
on Side Charlie. Engine 21 crew deployed hose lines into the back yard to attack the fire.
Shamokin Ladder 32 staged at the Alpha-Bravo Corner of the Bravo Exposure home. The main ladder and ventilation crew was sent to the roof of the burning homes. The remaining of the 1st and Second Alarm units staged a block away and sent their crews to Side ALPHA for manpower.
The fire quickly spread throughout the second floor and attic of all three homes. Fire fighters mounted a defensive attack at first which then led into offensive interior operations.
The majority of the fire was knocked down in an hour from the interior with the hose lines. Multiple crews then entered all of the homes to overhauled and extinguish hot spots.
The crews from Rescue 62 and Engine 221 stood by as RIT on the scene. The Fire Chief believes the fire started in second floor rear room of the middle home.
A number of additional mutual aid fire units stood by for the Shamokin and Mount Carmel Fire Department throughout the incident.
STORY AND PICTURES FROM THE COAL REGION CORRESPONDENT STEPHEN BARRETT.