Sunday afternoon, April 4, 2013 The Adams County 911 Center located in Gettysburg Pennsylvania began receiveing calls for an apartment building fire with people trapped. At 13;46s hours, Box 29-1 was dispatched for a apartment building fire with possible people trapped.
Chief 29 of the Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services Fire Company (S.A.V.E.S ) went responding, and requested a working fire dispatch as heavy black smoke was visible several miles away at the S.A.V.E.S. fire station.
Chief 29 was notified that the dispatcher was receiving multiple calls of fire and people trapped and possible jumpers.
Engine 29 arrived, laying a five-inch supply line from a hydrant about two blocks away, positioning themselves at the B/C corner of a eight-unit apartment building with heavy fire showing from the third unit from the end (Bravo end).
A second alarm assignment was requested. EMS immediately packaged an injured victim and left the scene within minutes of arrival via ambulance.
Quint 29 positioned on Side A with E/T 29 right behind them. Hand lines were advanced in from both sides A and C. Heavy fire was found to be in the initial unit as well as extended into the Delta exposure unit. The fire ran the cockloft into apartment 4, venting itself between units 2 and 4.
Entrapment reports proved negative after searches were completed. A person was reported to have jumped prior to the fire department’s arrival. Extensive overhaul was needed. The American Red Cross assisted the families affected by the fire on scene.
Steve Roth – 911 Photography