June 1 – At 10:33 p.m., after receiving a 9-1-1 call reporting fire showing from a commercial building, Cumberland County Headquarters dispatched a first alarm building fire assignment for the 1000 block of West Trindle Road in Monroe Township.
The assignment brought units from Companies 25 (Monroe), 23 (Upper Allen), 27 (Citizens’ – Mechanicsburg), 28 (Washington – Mechanicsburg), 31 (Silver Spring) and 33 (New Kingstown) along with a BLS unit from Holy Spirit EMS.
First arriving units found a commercial structure with a bowstring truss roof with fire evident from a window on the A/D corner of the building. A burning window air conditioner was present and removed from the window frame, allowing a hand line to quickly knock the body of fire inside the store. The quick knock by the volunteers held the fire in a commercial retail space in the front of the building and prevented the fire from extending into the roof.
The remainder of the structure was checked and monitored for extension and extensive overhaul was completed in the affected retail space.
A structure with a bowstring truss roof presents tactical challenges due to the high failure (collapse) rate. Fortunately, the fire occurred early enough in the night that it was quickly noticed and reported to 9-1-1. If the fire had occurred a few hours later, the outcome would be significantly different.
A special thank you to Company 45 (Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services) for transferring to our station to cover the Township while we were committed to this incident. No additional calls were handled by the transfer company.
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