On April 22, 2018, at 8:13 PM the Downingtown Fire Dept. along with our first alarm mutual aid partners were dispatched for a building fire at the Downingtown STEM Academy on 335 Manor Ave. in the Borough.
Assistant Chief 46 (Boyd) arrived and found that their was a fire in one of the science/chemistry labs inside of the three story high school. Engine 46-1 (Lt. T. Lee) stretched and advanced an attack hose line into the building and secured a water supply from a nearby hydrant. Tower 45 (Past Ass’t. Chief J. Stevens) set-up at the C-D corner of the building with the crew splitting, with three firefighters to ladder the building and two firefighters reporting to the interior manpower staging. Ladder 41 (Coatesville FD) set-up at the A-D corner of the building. The crew from Rescue 45 (Past Chief T. Lee) assisted at the manpower staging.
The interior teams found that the fire was contained to the area of origin by the fire suppression system in the lab. Due to the fire being in the science/chemistry lab area, Haz-Mat 15 (Chester County Hazardous Materials Team) was requested for support of the interior operations. It was determined that there were no hazardous materials were involved and the area was secured.
Other mutual aid units that responded to the incident were: Engine, Rescue and Traffic 38 (Thorndale FC), Engine 39-1 (West Bradford FC), Ambulance 41-4 (Coatesville FD), Engine 46-2, Air/Light 46 and MICU-46-3 (Minquas FC No. 2), Engine 47-5 and Tower 47 (Lionville FC), Engines 49-1 and 49-5 (East Brandywine FC), Engine 51-2 – RIT (First West Chester FC). Tower 54 (Goshen FC) relocated to Station 45 with Engine 6-1 (West Whiteland FC) relocated to Station 46.
Photos are courtesy of IrishEyez Emergency Services Photography.