Incident Detail: 2015 Call No. 002
Call No. 2
545 North Second Street
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January 9, 2015
On a cold and windy Friday afternoon, Box 22-1 was dispatched for a report of smoke coming from the first floor of the old Lykens School on North Second Street, bringing companies 22, 23, 21, and Truck 20 for the out of service Truck 22. Chief 22 went enroute POV, and on arrival, reported a 300 by 150 foot brick 2 story abandoned school building, with heavy smoke pushing out the A/B side windows. Engine 22 went enroute with 6, and Utility 22 with one. The engine laid a 5 inch supply line from North Second and Market Streets. Engine 23 arrived and laid a 5 inch line from North Second and Pine Streets. Engine 21 took the C side in the alley behind the school playground, with Rescue 21 set up in the United Methodist Church parking lot. Truck 20 gained access to the B side of the structure by cutting the playground fence to the rear of the property. Crews went interior through a side door on the B side, and the main door on the A side. Heavy smoke conditions were present, and as crews advanced inside they were greeted with sections of flooring that were burned through. Crews retreated and waited until ventilation was set up, and then re-entered and started digging out the deep seated fire that was burning under neath the double tongue and groove hardwood floors. Additional crews went to the basement and the second floor and found no extensions, but the building condition was so poor they retreated. Rescue 27 was added at the 6 minute mark, and on arrival, they took the RIT assignment. Schuylkill Rescue Engine 650 was re-located to station 22. Crews had to tear up the double floor to get to the bulk of the fire, and after achieving knockdown, command marked control. Heavy overhaul was needed to completely extinguish all the additional hot spots. PSP FM was requested to the scene, and on his arrival he worked the fire room with Command to determine a possible cause, which is still under investigation. Command released all mutual aid companies, and after getting the Engine back into service, went available. A crew with the Engine returned to the building a short while later and continued with some additional overhaul before clearing the box.
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