Blaze at Whitpain house leaves apartment uninhabitable
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.