Just before 4 pm Wednesday, Rescue 57 was alerted to assist the Christiana Fire Company – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on a house fire in the first block of High Street in Sadsbury Twp. We were dispatched on the “working fire dispatch” after CFD 52 crews responding saw a large column of smoke in the area.
52 units arrived with a Cape-Cod style house with fire through the roof. Tanker 57 and Engine 574 and Squad 572 were dispatched to assist as an extra engine and tanker and for directing traffic (Squad 2). Rescue 57 arrived and set up RIT and began to “soften” the building by removing windows and doors and making points of egress in case any of the operating crews had an emergency. Tanker 57 hooked to and supplied the 4″ line into the scene, and Engine 574 set up to fill tankers off of a hydrant located along the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail. The Fire Police directed traffic and set up detours.
With temperatures near 90 and high humidity, it took its toll on the volunteers. Command ensured that there was enough manpower so crews could be rotated. Once the RIT was discontinued, the Rescue crew entered to do salvage, and the officer found the family cat still alive (although using up about 8.5 lives).
Crews worked until being released at 6:30 pm. Thanks to Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company Tanker 58 and Willow Street Fire Co Engine 501 for standing by while we were out. Also, thanks to the residents where the Rescue was parked for bringing out cold drinks for us while we put tools and equipment away.