The Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man


bat­tle blazes at two lo­cal


A two-plus-alarm blaze con­sumed the rear of a res­i­dence in the 400 block of Lee­dom Street July 17, ac­cord­ing to Jenk­in­town Fire Chief Ken Lynch.

The blaze broke out around 1:45 p.m., when neigh­bors saw heavy smoke com­ing from the rear of the prop­erty and called 911, he said.

7KH fiUH Ls EHOLHYHG WR KDYH be­gun in the back porch area of the prop­erty and spread to the kitchen. The ex­act cause RI WKH fiUH Ls sWLOO unGHU Ln­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said.

No one was in­jured, and the fam­ily — Pa­trick and Chris­tine Leech and their three daugh­ters — was not home at the time of the in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. The re­port also stated the Leech fam­ily left the res­i­dence be­tween 7:30 and 11:30 a.m., a cou­ple hours SULRU WR WKH sWDUW RI WKH fiUH.

AERuW 14 fiUH FRPSDnLHs with var­i­ous ap­pa­ra­tus re­sponded to the scene, in­clud­ing In­de­pen­dent, Pi­o­neer, Wel­don, Abing­ton, McKin­ley, Roslyn, Glen­side, LaMott, Elkins Park and Rock­ledge fiUH FRPSDnLHs, Ds D UH­suOW RI WKH H[WUHPH KHDW RI WKH fiUH and the weather, Lynch said. FLUH­fiJKWHUs URWDWHG Ln 15to 20-minute in­cre­ments to com­bat the blaze, which was brought un­der con­trol af­ter a half-hour, he said.

“The fam­ily lost ev­ery­thing,” said Jenk­in­town Bor­ough Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Allyson Dobbs dur­ing the July 22 bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing. “And [they] won’t be able to move back into their home for six months.”

In sup­port of the Leech fam­ily, Grace Pres­by­te­rian Church, lo­cated at 444 York Road, will be ac­cept­ing dropoff cash do­na­tions and gift cards to help meet their daily needs, she said.

Mont­gomery Me­dia staff photo / SCOTT RO­MAN

Jenk­in­town fire­fight­ers work to con­trol a fire at a home in the 400 block of Lee­dom Street July 17.

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