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Family Displaced by Gilberton House Fire

By JC KRIESHER, Senior Correspondent | December 07, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 120720100

Gilberton, PA – At 10:36 A.M. on Saturday, December 5th, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched a first alarm assignment to 32 Draper Street in Gilberton for a reported building fire.

The first alarm included Fire Districts 44 (Gilberton), 4 (Englewood), 43 (Frackville), 48 (West End Mahanoy City) and 64 (Rescue Hook & Ladder). Shenandoah EMS was also due.

First responding units were advised of multiple calls reporting the side of a house on fire.

Englewood Engine 4-19 arrived on scene to find a working fire in a two-and-a-half story home with fire throughout the first floor. Engine 44-15 arrived second due and laid LDH from a nearby hydrant, which was picked up by Engine 43-10. Tiller 64-25 arrived to take the address while Engine 48-15 dropped a long lay from the East side of the address, which was secured at a hydrant by Engine 44-10.

Multiple lines were stretched off 4-19 toward the building. Crews made an attempt at an interior attack, but found the floor to be compromised in multiple areas. Flames were knocked down from the exterior as crews ascended to the roof to ventilate.

Firefighters could also be seen working off a porch roof on the 'C' side and were able to enter the second floor to knock down the fire.

Four people were displaced from the residence per a radio request for the Red Cross. Marshal 44 placed the fire under control at 11:31 A.M. A request was placed for the State Police Fire Marshal. Firefighters ensured all hot spots were extinguished and began wrapping up equipment after Noon.

Additional firefighters from Mahanoy City (Humane and Citizens) responded as a Rapid Intervention Team.

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