Total Time On Call:
Units Responding: Engines 510, 512, 514, Truck 517, Rescue 518, Quint 527, Boalsburg Engine 311, Bellefonte Truck 216, Pleasant Gap Engine 810, Alpha Fire Police 536, 537
Officer In Charge: Chief 501 - Shawn Kauffman
During the height of the rain storm on Sunday evening, box 521 was struck for a dwelling fire, possibly struck by lighting, at 3221 Shellers Bend, unit 827 in Ferguson Township. Captain 591 arrived on scene with flames showing from the roof and upgraded the call to a 2nd Alarm. Crews arrived in the driving rain and found the roof fully involved. They made entry to the affected units to determine if they were occupied and started knockdown. Chief 501 arrived shortly after that, assumed command, and recalled the attack team due to the intensity of the fire. With lighting flashing around them, Truck 517 and Quint 527 went to work sending their aerials into the sky to hit the fire with streams from above. After the initial knockdown, crews from Alpha, Boalsburg, Bellefonte, and Pleasant Gap resumed interior and exterior work dousing remaining hotspots with hand lines and doing overhaul.
As crews were drying off and cleaning equipment, box 521 was struck again about an hour after the initial box was placed in service when the fire rekindled. Trucks 512 and 514 responded back to the scene to extinguish it. Photos of the second response will be posted here later.