At 10:00 PM the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched to a Woods Fire in the area of Brandywine Ave, and Old Trolley Station Rd. in East Caln Twp.
Battalion Chief 45 (J. Trego) arrived at the Brandywine Ave. location and found what appeared to be a 200′ x 200′ woods fire where the “High Trestle Bridge” connects to the eastern side at the top of the valley. He established the Trestle Bridge Command.
Assistant Chief 45 (J. Stevens) determined that the best access to the fire was from “Barrel House Hill” off of Boot Rd. He established the Water Supply and Staging Officer at the top of the hill. The crews from Brush 45 (Lt. Hamilton) and Engine 46-2 (Capt. Boyd) started to cut a half of a mile path down the abandon railroad bed with chainsaws. The Borough of Downingtown Public Works assisted with making this operation quicker with a front-end loader. When these two crews arrived at the beginning of the trestle, they determined that the under-side of the wooden section of the bridge and the surrounding woods were on fire. Assistant Chief 46 (T. Lee, III) was the Operations Officer and requested ground ladders and additional manpower, due to an extensive operation on the bridge and the surrounding woods, under the high bridge being on fire.
The water supply operation was set-up at the top of Barrel House Hill with Engines 45 (Capt. Wesson), 46-1 (Firefighter T. Swisher), 46-2, 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Co.) and Tanker 39 (West Bradford Fire Co.). Fire suppression was completed after three and a half hours of hard work by the crews from Brush and Squad 45 (Firefighter Tatham), Brush and TAC 39, ATV 46 and 49 and Brush 35-2 (Wagontown Fire Co.). We would like to thank our volunteers and our mutual-aide partners for their assistance.