Weekend fire roars through Thompson Mill Road house
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.