At 10:47 pm Tuesday night, while it was pouring rain and about 30 minutes after a lightning storm went through the area, the Company was turned out to a house fire at 127 S. Lime Street in Quarryville Borough. This brought mutual aid from Bart Township Fire Company, Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company, Willow Street Fire Co and Lancaster EMS. Chief 57 arrived with a reported basement fire and the one-story rancher on a basement filled with smoke. Chief 57 requested the working fire assignment bringing Refton Fire Company, Union Fire Company No. 1 ~ Oxford, PA and Cochranville Fire Company for the air cascade.
Engine 574 arrived, laid in 300′ of supply line and stretched the bumper line into the residence and down to the basement finding a small amount of fire at the rear wall / ceiling area and extinguished quickly. Tanker 57 supplied Engine 574. A second line was stretched as a backup and Rescue 57 laid to the closest hydrant. Additional crews overhauled the exterior, provided lighting and performed ventilation to remove the smoke.
It appeared that the residence was struck by lightning, which most everyone that lives in town heard the strike. The fire was under control in less that 15 minutes. Crews remained on scene for about 1.5 hours, and then cleaned up at station for another hour.
Thanks for all the assistance and to Tom Amico for the photos.