LUZERNE COUNTY, PA – Just after 11AM on Monday, March 20, Luzerne County 9-1-1 sent out the commercial structure fire box to 874 Old Street in the Village of Harwood, Hazle Township. The address is the location of Station 241 (Harwood Fire Company). Hazle Twp. Station 141, Harwood Station 241 and APTS Medic 11 were due on the response.
Chief 141 was quickly on the air and was advised 9-1-1 was receiving multiple calls reporting heavy black smoke from the roof of the firehouse. 141 Engine 2 and Tower 5 were out the door of Station 2 within minutes and on the way to the scene. They arrived to find nothing showing from two sides of the single story firehouse.
Members from Harwood arrived on scene and quickly pulled all apparatus out of the bays. Crews entered to find a fire in the heating unit in the apparatus bay. Ladders were put up to the unit and multiple cans were used to extinguish the fire. Hazle Township crews threw a ladder and went to the roof to check the metal chimney for extension to the roof.
The damage was limited to the heating unit and the incident was placed under control by 11:30 as Hazle Twp. crews returned to service and Harwood members began to discuss the next steps to get their station back in service.