Fire Destroys Monroe Township Home

February 13 – Today at 11:55 hours, Cumberland County Fire Headquarters dispatched a first alarm house fire assignment in the 1200 block of Blossom Terrace in the White Rock Acres development of Monroe Township (Box 25-10). A neighbor called 9-1-1 after spotting fire on the second floor of the residence.

The first alarm assignment consisted of Engines 25 (Monroe), 36 (Citizens’ Fire Co – Boiling Springs Station), 64 (Dillsburg), and 33 (New Kingstown); Truck 36 (Citizens’ Fire Co – Mt Holly); Rescue 45 (Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services); Tankers 25, 41 (Union of Carlisle), and 33; and EMS from Yellow Breeches EMS. Company 36 actually responded with a second engine from the Mt Holly station in addition to the regular first alarm.

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Engine 25 arrived on scene first and reported a working house fire with heavy fire and smoke evident. Crews initially stretched two attack lines through the front door in an attempt to make an interior attack; however, they deteriorating interior conditions forced exterior operations.

Command 25 requested two additional engines, which brought E128 (Washington – Mechanicsburg) and E141 (Union). Transfers were also initiated including E245 and Tanker 19 to cover Monroe’s fire station.

Cumberland-Goodwill EMS also sent an additional BLS unit and Rehab unit to the scene.

No one was home at the time of the fire; however, two pet dogs perished. The American Red Cross is assisting the family. The State Police Fire Marshall is investigating the cause.

Special thanks to our transfer companies. No additional incidents were handled during the fire.


February 28 – Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall Michael Rugh today announced he is unable to determine a cause to the Feb. 13th fire. Rugh cited the damage was too extensive.