SHENANDOAH (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On December 23, 2011 after 14:00 hours the Shenandoah Fire Department (Five Stations), Mahanoy City West End Rescue 993 and Shenandoah Ambulance were dispatched to 220 South Jardin Street in Shenandoah for a possible house fire. The firefighters arrived in a minutes and found smoke coming from the A side of the row home. The smoke continued to spread quickly and began to move through out the home.
Squirt 745 arrived on scene first and sent a crew into the home to investigate. Tanker 759 stood by at a hydrant a block away from the residence. The attack crew made an offensive attack to stop the fire that was in the kitchen. Rescue 993, Engine 747 and Engine 742 staged a few blocks away from the home and sent its crew to the fire scene to assist.
A small fire was found in a cloths dryer that was in the back of the home. Firefighters then used a PW fire extinguisher to knock down the small fire that spread on the kitchen wall. The additional crews backed up the first interior crew and entered the residence to vent the smoke. Tanker 759 and Rescue 993 sent their crews to the second floor and attic of the residence to open windows. Ladder-tiller 745 stood by at the corner of the block and sent its crew to the scene.
The smoke conditions in the home dissipated in twenty minutes. Fire fighters had the incident under control in less than an hour. The fire chief believes the fire started in the dryer and does appear to be accidental. The fire chief reported that there were no injuries and the home received moderate smoke damage.