Blaze at Whit­pain house leaves apart­ment un­in­hab­it­able

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Tony Fioriglio

A kitchen fire was brought un­der con­trol in an apart­ment build­ing on the 1400 block of Skip­pack Pike in Whit­pain while the road was shut down for sev­eral hours dur­ing the af­ter­noon on Sun­day, Aug. 19.

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a com­mer­cial build­ing fire, which was called in at 11:43 a.m. Upon ar­rival, it was dis­cov­ered that the fire was ac­tu­ally in a house that was con­verted into three apart­ments.

The first unit ar­rived on the scene at ap­prox­i­mately 11:46 a.m. and re­ported smoke bil­low­ing from the sec­ond floor of the build­ing, ac­cord­ing to Lee Miller, the fire chief for Cen­tre Square Fire Com­pany.

Once re­spon­ders were inside, a large fire was dis­cov­ered in the kitchen in one of the apart­ments. Fire­fight­ers quickly be­gan to ex­tin­guish the blaze, and the fire was re­ported un­der con­trol at 12:06 p.m. There were no in­juries re­ported for the re­spon­ders or the res­i­dents.

“No­body was home at the time,” said Miller. “The ten­ant came home and dis­cov­ered the fire and im­me­di­ately va­cated the build­ing and called 911.”

Two neigh­bor­ing apart­ments, which are both va­cant, ac­cord­ing to Miller, re­ceived mi­nor, smok­ere­lated dam­age as a re­sult of the blaze. How­ever, the apart­ment where the fire orig­i­nated is now “un­in­hab­it­able” as a re­sult of the fire, ac­cord­ing to Miller.

The cause of the blaze is cur­rently un­known, al­though Miller said he be­lieves that was likely the re­sult of faulty equip­ment in the kitchen.

“It ap­pears right now that it was some type of mal­func­tion with the stove area, but it is still un­der in­vesti- gation,” Miller said.

Cen­tre Square Fam­ily Com­pany, Norriton Fire Engine Com­pany, Up­per Gwynedd Fire Depart­ment, Worces­ter Fire Depart­ment,and North Penn Fire Com­pany all re­sponded to the call. Ad­di­tion­ally, Whit­pain Town­ship po­lice and the Sec­ond Alarm­ers Res­cue Squad were on the scene as well.

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