Fire­fight­ers bat­tle house fire

No in­juries were re­ported in blaze

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Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a garage fire Fri­day night that spread into the at­tic of a home and dam­aged one ve­hi­cle.

The Thorn­dale Fire Com­pany, along with mu­tual aid, re­sponded to the 500 block of Dog­wood Lane in the Thorn­dale sec­tion of Caln Town­ship for the re­port of a house fire. Nu­mer­ous peo­ple re­ported the fire which broke out shortly after 7 p.m. Fri­day.

Thorn­dale Fire Chief John Cordisco said upon ar­rival fire­fight­ers saw heavy fire show­ing from the at­tached two-car garage and through the roof of the home. He said the fire spread from the at­tached garage into the com­mon space in the at­tic of the one-story rancher. The fire also dam­aged an ad­ja­cent room where he said the crews were able to hold the fire to that area and there was lit­tle ex­ten­sion into the kitchen which sus­tained smoke dam­age.

“They made a very ag­gres­sive at­tack and a quick stop to it,” Cordisco said.

He ex­plained that the ra­di­ant heat caused the ve­hi­cle in the drive­way about 10 feet from the home to catch on fire. He added that the fire­fight­ers were un­able to fully ex­tin­guish the ve­hi­cle fire at the time be­cause a live wire fell on top of the jeep.

The home­owner was the only one home at the time and once he dis­cov­ered the fire, he ex­ited the res­i­dence and called 911, ac­cord­ing to Cordisco. No in­juries were re­ported to civil­ians or fire­fight­ers.

“He dis­cov­ered the fire early, he did the right and got out,” Cordisco said. “He is very for­tu­nate.”

Know­ing that there are no fire hy­drants in the area, Cordisco called for ad­di­tional tankers. The fire was placed un­der con­trol at 7:51 p.m. and crews cleared the scene at 10:39 p.m. The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Ch­ester County Fire Mar­shal’s of­fice.

Thorn­dale was as­sisted by Coatesville VA Hos­pi­tal, Wagontown, East Brandy­wine, West­wood, Coatesville, Lionville for RIT (rapid in­ter­ven­tion team). The tankers were pro­vided by Key­stone Val­ley Fire Depart­ment, West Brad­ford, Glen­moore, Po Mar Lin Lionville, and Min­quas. Wash­ing­ton Hose Am­bu­lance, West­wood Am­bu­lance, Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal Medic 93 and Caln Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment also re­sponded.

MARK J. WALSH/ IRISHEYEZ PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a garage fire Fri­day night that spread into the at­tic of a home in Caln. A fire­fighter stretches a line to the rear of the home.

MARK J. WALSH/ IRISHEYEZ PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled a garage fire Fri­day night that spread into the at­tic of a home and dam­aged one ve­hi­cle in Caln.

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