Fire­fight­ers bat­tle blazes, high winds

Sev­eral fires oc­curred over the week­end

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Pete Bannan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @pe­te­ban­nan on Twit­ter

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.

Fri­day night

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.

Sat­ur­day night

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.

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