Firefighters battle blazes, high winds
Several fires occurred over the weekend
WEST CHESTER >> Firefighters were called to the 500 block of W. Market St. at about 7:50 p.m. Sunday for a house fire in the rear of a two-story twin home. This capped a weekend when high winds contributed to fires around the county, according to Chester County Fire Marshal John Weer.
Two elderly residents were able to escape, Weer said. However, two dogs succumbed in the fire. He estimates damages of $175,000, including buildings and contents.
Weer said the fire that began on the home’s porch was accidental and high winds pushed the flames into the home.
The residents were transported to the hospital for observation due to their age.
The adjoining home received smoke damage but no structural damage.
First West Chester, Fame and Good Will fire companies responded to the call. West Whiteland, Goshen and Longwood covered West Chester station during the fire.
Another fire occurred just before midnight Friday in the 400 block of Denford Way in Uwchlan. A singlefamily home was heavily damaged in the blaze. Weer said he didn’t have a dollar figure on the damage.
“The owners came home to find the front door handle hot,” Weer said by phone on Monday. “He wisely didn’t open it and went around to the rear of the home when he saw flames and called 911.”
Weer said the most serious damage to the home was in an attached garage and rear recreation room. There were no injuries.
Units from Lionville, Downingtown, West Whiteland, East Brandywine and Glen Moore responded.
On Saturday evening, 46 pieces of fire equipment from Chester and Lancaster counties were needed to control a 20-acre windwhipped brush fire along Boro Line Road in Highland Township. The blaze was reported at about 6 p.m. and firefighters from as far as East Whiteland were on the scene until midnight.
Weer said they were camped by winds from the cold front that moved through the county.
Firefighters use an ATV to control a wind-whipped brush fire on Park Ave. in East Fallowfield. Westwood Battalion chief John Sly said the fire covered approximately 2½ acres. It took crews from Westwood, Cochranville, Wagontown and Po-Mar-Lin fire companies two hours to bring the fire under control and extinguish hotspots.