Just after 1:30 PM, Tower 45 and Station 46 of the Downingtown Fire Dept. were dispatched on the first due assignment to assist Station 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.), Engine 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) and Rescue 47 (Lionville Fire Co.) as RIT to a house fire on Glen View Lane, in the Downing Ridge section of Caln Twp.
Caln Police promptly arrived on location, reporting smoke showing with an elderly female suffering from smoke inhalation. Shortly thereafter, Chief 39 (Law) arrived and reported fire showing from the front of the two story Cape Cod style house. The Working Fire Dispatch added the balance of Station 45, Medic 46-1 and a second Ambulance 46, Tower 47, and Engine 49-1.
Chief 38 (Cordisco) established Command and Chief 39 was the Operations Officer. Engine 46-2 arrived and laid a 5″ water supply line from a hydrant to the scene, with the crew advancing an 1.75″ hand line into the house for fire attack. Engine 49-5 advanced a backup 1.75″ hand line into the house, with a second hand line to the rear of the house. The crew from Tower 45 laddered the house and ventilated, while the team from Rescue 47 established RIT. The crews from Rescue 45 and Tower 47 assisted with fire attack plus Salvage and Overhaul.
Due to the injuries of the victim, it was determined that she needed to be flown by JeffStat 3 (Jefferson Univ. Hospital Air Medical) to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Ambulance 46-2, Medic 46-1 and Engine 46-1 responded to the nearby Landing Zone.
The is being investigated by the Chester County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.
Photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Photography and Kirk Kohlmeyer.