Woman, pets die in house fire
BIRMINGHAM >> Despite a quick knock-down of a house fire on Tuesday night, and a quick search by firefighters, the sole homeowner died along with her two pets.
Concordville Fire Company firefighters were dispatched Tuesday at 11:11 p.m. for a report of a house fire in the 1300 block of Birmingham Road in Birmingham. Upon arrival, firefighters saw flames had engulfed the rear of the home. Concordville Fire Chief Thomas Nelling said the entire house had smoke damage.
Nelling said the firefighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. He said the first-in firefighters found the victim, identified as Bonnie Lynn Hall, 65, unresponsive in her first-floor bedroom. An autopsy will be performed.
Firefighters also located Hall’s cat and dog that died. Nelling said the smoke detectors were working upon their arrival. A bypasser reported the fire.
Nelling, who serves as the township fire marshal and police chief, said that the cause of the fire was still under investigation on Wednesday. He added that the fire was not suspicious in nature.
The house is located in a rural part of the township without fire hydrants. In addition to the tank water on the first-in engines, three tankers were dispatched. Nelling called for three more tankers to bring more water to the scene.
Longwood Fire Company, Fame Fire Company, Goodwill Fire Company, Po-Mar Lin Fire Company, Kennett Fire Company, Holmes Fire Company of Delaware County, the Chester County Coroner’s Office and PECO assisted Concordville firefighters at the scene.