Incident Detail: 2003 Call No. 26

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Call No.  26
Time Out
Time In
 Structure w/fatal 
 634-36 West Street 

June 19, 2003

Company members had just returned from a carnival parade at Wiconisco. Muir Engine-650 was returning to quarters. When they passed through the Borough of Williamstown, they saw heavy smoke in the area. They turned onto West Street and discovered a fully involved duplex two-story residence with entrapment. After notifying Dauphin County, the first alarm asignment was dispatched, bringing: Engine and Tanker 24; Engine, Squad, and Tanker 23; Truck-22; and Engine and Rescue 66. Most units were still in Wiconisco, and responded from that location. Engine-650 expended their available water attempting to gain access to the structure to effect a rescue, but the crew was turned back by heavy fire conditions. Truck-22 responded with five personnel and arrived on scene behind Engine-650. Unable to get close enough to use the aerial device, members pulled and set up ladders on sides 1 and 3. Crews entered the structure for further rescue attempts which were unsuccessful. Command later requested Engine-22, Rescue-21, Reinerton Engine and Tower City Air Light. Chief-24's residence was two feet from side-4, and exposure control was maintained there as well as side-2, where another structure was only three feet away. After extensive interior firefighting operations, the fire was controlled. Personnel then attempted to locate victims that had been trapped inside. Two persons were located and turned over to the Coroner's personnel and PSP. Company members assisted with salvage and overhaul until being released by command.

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