Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Story from Lancaster onlineThe early am fire was discovered by a passerby who noticed the flames shortly after 3:30 a.m. and called 911
In his home about 75 feet away, Esch awoke to hear the crackling of the blaze. As soon as he exited, he heard the fire siren.
The herd of dairy cows was outside in the pasture
overnight, so they were safe, Diener said. Esch rescued several horses
from the barn before firefighters arrived. They also were not hurt.
A deputy fire chief called for a second alarm as
soon as he walked out of his house to go to the fire, Diener said. By
the time firefighters reached the 75-by-120-foot barn, flames filled its
Crews set up two fill sites for water, one on Pond Road and one at a homestead a quarter of a mile away.
Firefighters mounted an exterior defensive
attack, simultaneously spraying the fire with six to eight hose lines.
There were no other buildings nearby threatened by the fire.
Firefighters could not drive a ladder truck to the barn because the lane was too narrow between buildings, Diener said.
Over 100 firefighters brought the blaze under
control at 4:26 a.m. Some of them stayed the entire rest of the morning
to oversee cleanup.
Martin Mulch Products, of Ephrata, provided a trackhoe to pull off the burned remains of the top of the barn.
Diener estimated damage at $300,000 to the barn and $150,000 to its contents.
Hay balers and wagons and a large freezer trailer were destroyed, as well as a small amount of hay.
“The main structure was destroyed,” Diener said.
“We did protect the diesel room. That’s what’s worth the most money on a
dairy farm, and the milkhouse was partially saved.”
An eight-inch, 12-volt circular fan hooked to a
battery sparked the fire, according to Trooper Dustin Shireman, a state
police fire marshal who investigated the blaze.
Intercourse Fire Photo
Saturday, February 15, 2014
On Saturday morning shortly after 11am Station 44 was dispatched to 3873 Old Philadelphia Pk for a reported house fire. County advised responding units that a firefighter was on the scene with a working fire. Chief 44 arrived and confirmed a working fire and requested 2nd alarm. Engine 44-1 crew advanced a hoseline to the 1st floor, knocked the fire on the 1st floor and proceeded to the 2nd floor found and found heavy fire in the roof area.Photos courtesy of Kirk Neidermyer
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
On Tuesday Morning shortly after 9am Station 44 along with mutual aid companies were dispatched to J&J Woodworks, 3470 West Newport Rd for a building fire. Deputy 44 (Yoder) went en-route and reported seeing a column of heavy black smoke and requested the 2nd alarm be struck. Crews put handlines in place to do a defensive attack (exterior only) Firefighters worked for several hours to bring the fire under control and hitting hot-spots.
Caleb Mast photo
Vinny Tennis photo
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
At 2:15am Monday morning Intercourse Fire Company was dispatched
to the Intercourse Community Park for a playground fire. Chief 44 arrived with
a working playground set. Engine 44-1 arrived and pulled a 1 ¾ to extinguish the
fire. A state police fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate. The
fire marshal ruled the fire arson. The estimated damage is around $15,000.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Photos courtesy of Kirk Neidermyer
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Photos courtesy of Kirk Neidermyer
Sunday, April 7, 2013
At 17:51 hrs the alarms sounded again, this time for a barn fire at 3839 Old Philadelphia Pk. Dispatch was receiving multiple calls for a fully involved barn a few feet from the house. The Chief and Captain were both a few miles out reporting heavy smoke and requested 2nd alarm. Engine 44-1 arrived 4 minutes after dispatch and went to work on the fire building and exposures. Fire had already advanced to the attic space of the house and was quickly knocked. The barn fire was brought under control several hours later, then what was left of the barn was then demolished using a trackhoe. Station 44 was available at 23:29 hrs
Sunday, April 7, 2013
On Sunday morning at 05:37 hrs, Station 44, along with Stations 43 (Gordonville), 42 (Gap), 39 (Garden Spot Fire Rescue), 47 (Paradise), 45 (Kinzer) and 41 (Bird-in-Hand), were dispatched to Donovan Transport on East Newport Rd for a reported building fire. Dispatch advised responding units that they received the fire alarm and the owner reported fire in the roof area. Crews arrived and found moderate smoke conditions with minimal extension to the shop, and went to work to access the truss roof area. Firefighters worked on suppression and extensive overhaul for about 7 hours and cleared the incident at 12:55 hrs.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
At 16:32hrs. Volunteers were dispatched to the area of North
New Holland Road & Route 340 for a 3 car crash. Deputy 44 (Yoder) arrived
to find a 3 car crash with everyone out of the vehicles. Engine 44-1 arrived
and provided spill control and depowered the vehicles. Squad 44-1 provided
traffic control at New Holland Rd. & Red Well Rd. Ambulance 4-3-1 arrived
and checked out all patients. The Company went available at 17:02hrs.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
At12:37hrs. Station 44’s 1st Alarm assignment
were Struck to 409 South Groffdale Rd. for a reported Outbuilding fire. Engine
44-1 went enroute within a minute after dispatch due to multiple firefighters
hearing the Pre-Alert put out by LCWC. Deputy 39 arrived to find a Working
Fire. Deputy 44 arrived and established the command while Captain 44-1 had the
water supply ops. Engine 44-1 arrived and deployed (2) 1 ¾ hand lines to begin
fire suppression. Truck 39 arrived and went to work on opening up the roof.
Tanker 44 arrived and supplied Engine 44-1. The fire was placed under control
at 13:24hrs. Crews remained on scene for some time providing extensive
overhaul. The fire was believed to be caused by a wood stove. All crews cleared
the scene at 15:42hrs. There were no injuries. Intercourse would like to thank
the mutual aid companies that assisted, Garden Spot Fire Rescue, Bareville,
Witmer, Kinzer, Gordonville, White Horse, Farmersville, and Leola Ambulance.
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