SAINT CLAIR (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On November 24th at 13:30 hours the Saint Clair Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to 41 south 4th Street for a possible vehicle fire. The caller reported to the 911 dispatcher that there was a vehicle on fire.
The Saint Clair Police and Fire Chief went on scene and reported there was a vehicle on fire. In minutes the vehicle was fully involved and was spreading to a two door garage. The Fire Chief then confirmed he now has a working structure fire and he requests that the structure fire run card be dispatched.
Columbia Engine 702 was the first engine on scene and established a water supply from a hydrant on Carroll Street. The engine crew advance hose lines to knock down the fire. Fire continued to spread up through the roof rafters and started to vent from the garage’s roof. The attack crews attacked the fire from the exterior with large hose lines.
Saint Clair Ladder 703 and Tower 702 were the truck companies on scene and sent its crews to assist with overhaul. Alert Engine 701 established a second water supply from a hydrant on Hancock Street. West End Engine 705 was the third engine company on the scene and staged on Hancock Street and blocked traffic. East Mines Engine crew 704 staged a few blocks away and assisted in advancing an additional hose lines to the well involved garage. Rescue 707 staged on 4th Street and stood by through out the incident. The rest of the Saint Clair Fire Department units staged in the area and sent their manpower to the scene to assist in operations. Saint Clair and Pottsville EMS staged block away from the scene to assist with Rehab operations.
The fire was quickly extinguished and the building was vented of smoke. The garage’s ceilings and walls were pulled to check for extensions and to be overhauled. The incident commander reported that the garage and vehicles received major fire damage. The fire chief believes the quick response of the fire fighters prevented the fire jumping to the near by exposure homes.