At 12:20 PM, the DFD was dispatched to an Automatic Fire Alarm at the Chestnut Village Apartments on Chestnut St, in the East Ward of the Borough of Downingtown. As Engine 46-1 (Capt. Boyd) and Deputy 45 (Moore) arrived on location, they found smoke showing from the second floor rear (Side C) windows or Building A.
Deputy 45 quickly upgraded the assignment to an Building Fire and the Working Fire Dispatch, which added the remainder of the DFD (45 and 46), Engine-51-1 and E-51-2 (First West Chester FC) as RIT, E-47-5 and Tower 47 (Lionville FC) and E-6-1 (West Whiteland FC), with Rescue 35 relocating to Station 45 and E-38 relocating to Station 46.
As E-46-1 established a 5″ water supply from a nearby hydrant and deployed an 1.75″ hand line, Tower 45 (Lt. K. Stevens) arrived and set-up on the street side (Side B), between Buildings A and B. The crew of T-45 split into two teams with Lt. Stevens and two firefighters entering the second floor apartment for search and rescue. With the Outside Vent Man laddering the building and the driver placing the Ladder Tower to the roof. The E-46-1 and T-45 crews found a fire in the kitchen and living room area the apartment.
The crew from E-45 (FF. Quinn) assisted the OVM with placing additional ground ladders all around the building. All 240′ of ground ladders from T-45 were used, plus ground ladders from E-45, E-47-5 and E-51-2! The crew from Rescue 45 (FF C. Keen) and E-46-2 assisted with salvage and overhaul operations and Ambulance 46-1 set-up a rehab area. The Chester County Fire Marshall’s investigated the cause of the fire and the Chester County Red Cross assisted the fire victims, as needed.
Just after the fire was placed under control, R-35, E-51-1 and E-6-1 responded to an auto accident on E. Lancaster Ave and Bell Tavern Rd., in East Caln Twp. The rescue crews removed the doors from the car and the patient was transported to an area hospital by Ambulance 46-2.