Kulpmont home catches fire, spreads to exposure

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, PA – At 1:50 AM on Sunday, April 2, Northumberland County 9-1-1 dispatched the first alarm assignment for a dwelling fire at 909 Scott Street in Kulpmont.

First arriving crews fire heavy fire showing from the attic of a single family duplex with close exposures on the B and D sides.  Engine 221 secured a water supply and approached the scene from 8th street laying hundreds of feet of LDH. A second alarm was struck bringing in additional units from surrounding municipalities.

The fire continued to burn and spread to the D exposure as crews worked to contain the blaze.  Mount Carmel Truck 2 took the address and flew the aerial to the roof for ventilation.  Atlas Engine 21 went to the rear and stretched lines while Shamokin Truck 32 laddered the building.

During the incident, a MAYDAY was called.  It was reported a firefighter fell through a set of steps  near the C side of the building.  Shamokin Rescue 62 was assigned as the Rapid Intervention Team and sprung into action from the A side.  EMS and other firefighters ran to the rear to find the firefighter  was able to self-extricate and was on his knees in the backyard.  It was determined there was no one else in danger and the MAYDAY was canceled.  EMS evaluated the firefighter in the yard.

Firefighters brought the fire under control after battling it for over an hour.  Two people in the original fire building were displaced due to the fire.  The owner of the property told Fire & Film he and his wife smelled something burning that presented as electrical in nature.  The homeowner investigated the basement and couldn’t find any smoke or signs of fire and unplugged an older appliance.  Moments later, the owner’s wife smelled something burning and could hear some type of noise from the attic.  The owners looked up into the attic and could hear cracking and popping which quickly led to flames in the attic.  The fire department was then called to the scene.

Multiple units from Columbia and Schuylkill Counties were moved up to Northumberland County stations to provide coverage during the incident.

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