At 11:00 PM, Station 46 (Minquas Fire Co. No. 2) was dispatched to a vehicle fire to the rear of the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, on E. Lancaster Ave., in East Caln Twp. As Battalion 46 (J. Swisher) went responding, he was advised that the Downingtown Police Dept. was on location with a fully involved RV. B-46 added Station 45 and Engine 6-2 (West Whiteland Fire Co.) to the assignment.
Upon arrival, the fully involved RV fire was extending into the rear of the restaurant and B-46 assumed Command and requested a Working Fire Building Dispatch, which added Tower 6, Engine 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.), Tower 47 and Engine 47-5 (Lionville Fire Co.), Engine 51-2 – RIT (First West Chester Fire Co.) and Ambulance 87 (Uwchlan EMS).
Engine 46-2 (Lt. Pozza) was the first unit to arrive and they deployed two attack lines, while Engine 46-1 secured a water supply from a nearby hydrant. The crew from Tower 45 (Capt. Wesson) went to the roof from the rear of the building to check for extension. While Engine 45 (Past Chief T. Lee) laid a second water supply line to the rear of the building to supply Tower 45. Assistant 45 (J. Stevens) was Operations/Manpower for the building sector. The crew from Engine 6-2 went into the building with a hand line and Tower 6 went to the roof, both to check for extension from the front of the building. Due to a quick knockdown of the RV fire, there was no fire extension into the building. The crews Engine 38 and Station 47 assisted with overhaul and packing of hose.
We would like to thank the above Mutual Aid companies and the Downingtown Police Dept. who assisted at the fire scene and the Glen Moore and East Brandywine Fire Co’s who stood-by at both stations.
Photos are courtesy of Nozzle Nut Photography and IrishEyez Photography.