At 00:35 Wednesday morning, QFD, Bart Township Fire Company, Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company, Willow Street Fire Co and Lancaster EMS were dispatched to 101 South Lime Street in Quarryville Borough for a building fire at CL Self Storage. Quarryville Borough Police Car 28-6 was on routine patrol and noticed smoke and fire coming from the building. This building is just a few hundred yards from the fire station, and as members were gearing up, the smoke from the fire was blowing across the driveway.
Deputy 57 (Tim Cox) arrived to the locked and secured facility with smoke showing from one of the buildings. Engine 574 arrived and the crew had to cut the drive chain on the gate to get in, and then had to search for the building and units that were on fire. Once located, the units positioned and stretched a line to start fire attack. As with all self storage facilities, the lockers were locked and secured, and needed forced to begin fire attack. The Engine and Truck crew immediately started cutting doors and forcing locks, finding fire in multiple storage units. All-hands from the first alarm were put to work on fire attack, forcible entry and roof ventilation. Additional units from Strasburg Fire Company #1, Refton Fire Company, Christiana Fire Company – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Robert Fulton Fire Company, Union Fire Company No. 1 ~ Oxford, PA ,Gap Fire Company and Garden Spot Fire Rescue (GSFR39)(Air 39) responded to the scene to assist with manpower and to fill air cylinders..
Crews worked for several hours at this very labor-intensive fire. Multiple saws were used to access the fire inside and outside the affected area. A well-placed roof cut and aggressive line work and forcible entry kept the fire to the original area of origin. A lot of overhaul was needed to make certain the fire was extinguished. The fire was placed under control at 2:26 am, with units remaining on the scene until after 6 am. The cause is under investigation by the Pa State Police Fire Marshal, but is not considered suspicious at this time. Lampeter Fire Company No. 1 Engine 54-1 stood by in Station 57 during the incident.
Thanks to all of the mutual aid companies who assisted in working this incident. Thanks also to the Fire Police who handled traffic control, and to the QFD Special Division for drinks and food. Many local businesses contributed drinks and breakfast sandwiches for the firefighting crews. Thanks also to Tom Amico and Tyler Seibert for the photos.