On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:26 PM, as the overnight crews were washing Engine 510, box alarm 553 was dispatched for a reported house fire. The Alpha Fire Company #5 was dispatched to the reported house fire at 715 Diebler Rd. in Ferguson Township.
Engine 510 and Aerial Tower 516 responded immediately with eight firefighters. Truck Captain DeArmitt responded and on arrival reported a fully involved two story, single family dwelling in a rural area. He requested that a second alarm be dispatched. The second alarm added additional apparatus from companies #3 – Boalsburg, #15 – Port Matilda, #22 from Huntingdon County and #36 from Blair County to the response.
Engine 510 and Aerial Tower 516 arrived on scene first. The respective crews immediately began efforts to extinguish the fire. The Engine crew stretched 200 feet of 1 3/4″ hose line to the front corner of the home and made an exterior attack while other responding units were setting up a site for the portable dump tank to allow the attack units to draft from the tank. As the tankers secured the water supply relay to the tank the Tower and the Engine crews worked together to stretch two additional 1 3/4″ lines and a 200 feet of 2 1/2″ attack line to knock down the majority of the fire. As a result the crews were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes.
All responders worked together to extinguish the remaining hot spots in the building and complete overhaul of the structure. During the night Engine 212 from Bellefonte transferred to Station 5 in State College Borough to provide coverage to the Centre Region. Company 5 returned to service at approximately 0500 hours.