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Fire Damages Marlborough Township Home
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
2021-06-09

Quick response by firefighters saves building

 

            There was nothing predetermined in the series of events that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, just an occurrence that paled in comparison to something that could have been much worse.

            Firefighters from Green Lane, Red Hill and Pennsburg were dispatched to the report of an electrical fire in the 2200 block of Hendricks Road in Marlborough Township at 2:52 on Tuesday afternoon.

            Four minutes later, while the volunteers were responding, a second call was dispatched for a building fire in the 3100 block of Geryville Pike, about one-half mile from the original call.

            The owner of the Geryville Pike home, Joanne Dunyan,  was returning home from work when she heard the smoke alarm and saw smoke coming from her home.  She was able to save two dogs and waited outside for help to arrive.

            With firefighters already on the road and heading in her direction, their response time to her location was minimal.  And that coincidence may have saved her house. 

            When the first responding units arrived on the scene, heavy smoke was coming from the attic and second floor of the two story home.  Multiple fire companies, including water-hauling tanker trucks, were then dispatched after confirmation of a working fire.

            Wearing air-packs, firefighters had to endure a temperature over 90-degrees and high humidity as they entered the building toting hose-lines, with a smoldering fire raising temperatures more than 10 times higher inside.

            Fire was located in the ceiling above the kitchen and in one of the bedrooms on the second floor.  Crews ventilated the building, extinguished the fire, and performed extensive overhaul to insure the fire didn't spread any further.      

            Green Lane Chief Ryan Crouthamel reported that the fire was contained primarily to the bedroom but the rest of the building suffered extensive smoke and water damage.

            The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal was on the scene to investigate.  The cause has not yet been determined, however there didn't appear to be any evidence of a lightning strike.

            No injuries were reported.  Area emergency medical units set up a cooling and rehabilitation station for the emergency responders.

            A crew from Philadelphia Electric Company was called in to investigate the originating Hendricks Road electrical incident and then responded to the Geryville Pike fire to secure the electric meter, ensuring power was cut off to the building as firefighters fought the fire.

            Chief Crouthamel offered words of thanks to "all of the mutual aid companies for their assistance.  It was a hot day and all first responders stayed safe and quickly extinguished the fire."

            In addition to Green Lane, Pennsburg, and Red Hill, Montgomery County fire units from East Greenville, Lower Frederick, New Hanover, Trappe, Tylersport, and Upper Salford responded to the scene.  Also responding to the scene were fire units from Milford and Trumbauersville in Bucks County, and Easter Berks Fire Company in Berks County.

            Emergency Medical Services units from Plymouth (Lower Frederick station), Souderton, and Grandview Health also responded to the scene.

            Geryville Pike was closed to traffic between Hendricks Road and West Campbell Road until 5:30 p.m.  

            Fire units standing by at the Pennsburg Firehouse included Souderton, Skippack, and Quakertown. 

            While fire units were fighting the fire on Geryville Pike, the standby units were called at 4:15 p.m. to the scene of a vehicle accident, involving a bicycle, at Eighth and Main Streets in Pennsburg.  The bike-rider was transported to a hospital – no further information was available from the police as the investigation is ongoing.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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