09:21 hrs / 821 Elm Street / Box 01-02 / C Platoon
As companies were en-route to a vehicle accident on Route 12, the box was transmitted for a report of smoke from the roof of a house in the 300 block of Cedar Street. Car 9 (Glore) arrived with civilians on-point and smoke showing from the 2nd floor of a 2-story end-of-the-row, occupied multiple dwelling. Car 9 declared a working fire and established command. Tenants of the building then relayed that a 2nd-floor occupant was still unaccounted for. This was relayed to responding companies. Engine 3 arrived and a 1-3/4" handline was stretched via the interior stairwell. Primary searches of the fire apartment were initiated immediately as well. As the bulk of the 2nd-floor fire was knocked down, crews located a victim who, unfortunately, did not survive the fire. Appropriate notifications were made to the Office of the Fire Marshal and other agencies per protocol.
Fire had extended to the rear porch and into the attic space. An additional 1-3/4" handline was stretched via the exterior fire escape. Both Ladder 3 and Tower 1 placed their aerial devices to the roof to both vertically vent and to overhaul the roofline. With advanced fire conditions now in the attic and all hands heavily engaged, the second alarm was transmitted. This brought the remaining city engine and truck as well as three county companies to the scene. Engine 3 provided a water supply to Tower 1 so handlines could be utilized from the platform. Crews accessed the attic area and the bulk of the fire was soon knocked down. The fire was placed under control at 10:10 hrs with extensive overhaul.
Fire was contained to the building of origin with the 2nd-floor apartment suffering extensive fire damage. There was one minor firefighter injury and no additional civilian injuries reported. The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal as well as RPD. Condolences are offered to the family of the victim. Recalled city firefighters placed two engine companies in service.
Engines - 3, 1, 9, 5
Ladders - 3, Tower 1
Rescue 1, Medic 2, Medic 1, Car 9 (Glore), Car 4 (J. Stoudt)
Engine 7, Ladder 1, Car 1 (W. Stoudt)
Mt. Penn Engine 1, Lower Alsace Engine 4, Spring Township Rescue 85 (RIT)
Car 10 (FM Searfoss), Car 23 (Zulick & Gracie); Car 25 (J. Miller)
Off-duty city firefighters placed Reserve Engine 4 and Reserve Engine 2 in service as Car 3 (Kemery) and Car 8 (Rehr) provided coverage.