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Fire Does Significant Damage to Home in Skippack Township

By ASST. CHIEF KEITH GRIERSON, Correspondent | November 27, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 112920116

Skippack Twp., PA - Multiple fire companies were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Friday morning, November 27th at 10:54 A.M. in the 1000 block of Bridge Road in Skippack Township, located in western Montgomery County, PA.

The initial call for service to the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center reported heavy smoke coming from the side of the house, unknown cause, with everyone out of the residence.

Skippack Twp. Fire Company's Battalion 86 went on scene at 10:55 A.M., established Command 86 and requested a working fire dispatch for the two-and-a-half story balloon frame dwelling. Deputy 86 arrived on scene at 10:56 A.M. and assumed Command, moving the Battalion Operations. Ladder 86 arrived on scene at 10:59 A.M. and made a quick transitional attack through the outside window at the 'A/B' corner of the structure. The initial attack line was then repositioned to the front door of the structure where the remaining fire was extinguished in the front room of the home.

Perkiomen Township Fire Company's Engine 66 laid into the hydrant and the engine crew was assigned to the second floor. Tanker 66 crew was assigned to open up the exterior walls.

Extensive efforts were made to check for extension through the interior of the home and the outside of the 'A/B' corner. The quick knock down of the fire limited the job to mainly a room and contents fire. Heavy smoke and heat damage was realized through the structure however. The fire was placed under control at 11:23 A.M. by Command.

Skippack Fire Company units on scene in addition to the Deputy and Battalion included Ladder, Squad, Tanker and Utility (with the Assistant) 86. Assisting on scene were: Skippack EMS, Harleysville Area Emergency Medical Services, Lower Providence Twp. Fire Department, Perkiomen Twp. Fire Company, Worcester Vol. Fire Department and the Pennsylvania State Police and Fire Marshal.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the families of the residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation. All units cleared the scene and were made available by 1:12 P.M.

Additional photos at https://tedhodgins.smugmug.com/Perkiomen-Twp-Fire-Company-66/11272020-House-Fire-1034-Bridge-Rd-Skippack/

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.