Week­end fire roars through Thomp­son Mill Road house

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Cary Beavers

UP­PER MAhEcIEiD –A week­end fire ripped through a house on Thomp­son Mill Road Satur­day night caus­ing ma­jor dam­age to the struc­ture.

At about 10:30 p.m., iin­go­hocken cire Chief Greg Jakubowski and his crew ar­rived to find fire rip­ping across the roof line of the house in the 300 block.

The long drive­way and sev­eralmile prox­im­ity to the near­est fire hy­drant made the fire par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing for fire­fight­ers, in­clud­ing crews from iin­go­hocken, Up­per Makefield, the New­town cire As­so­ci­a­tion and New Hope.

It took the com­pa­nies about an hour to con­trol the blaze, Jakubowski said. There were sev­eral peo­ple inside the house when the fire broke out, but all got out with­out in­jury, said the chief.

cire­fight­ers at­tacked the blaze from the inside, Jakubowski said, with use of wa­ter tankers brought in to sup­ply wa­ter.

The fire, which caused hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in dam­age, started on the roof and “spread quickly” Jakubowski said. “It’s a wood-shake shin­gle roof, which burns faster. It looks nice,” he said, “but it burns quickly.”

The blaze was the third ma­jor fire in a four day pe­riod for lo­cal fire­fight­ers who re­sponded to a house fire on Pansy Court in New­town Town­ship Thurs­day and to a large barn fire at Thorpe carm in Up­per Makefield Satur­day morn­ing.

Vol­un­teers bat­tled each of the fires, Jakubowski said, un­der­scor­ing the need for more lo­cal help. He urged those in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing to visit bucks­fire. org, a web­site that as­sists in the re­cruit­ment of vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

Photo by Brian Woz­niak.

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