SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PA – Around 6:15 AM on Tuesday, May 2, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched fire crews to the area of East Savory and William Streets in Palo Alto for a working building fire. The first alarm assignment included Palo Alto Fire, Fire District 59 (Port Carbon) and Pottsville Stations 20, 30 & 60.
Chief 610 went responding and was advised that a Pottsville officer was on the scene with a working building fire in the area. The Chief arrived on scene shortly after and confirmed the working fire with smoke showing from a three bay garage.
Engine 59-11 arrived on the scene and backed up the driveway leading to the garage which was tucked into the woods. A water supply was established as Engine 612 hit a hydrant at Savory and Penn Streets.
Two lines were stretched into the building where crews were able to locate the seat of the fire and began to extinguish it. Engine 32 and Rescue 63 arrived on the scene, staged their apparatus on Savory Street and sent their manpower to the building. Ladder 21 also staged on Savory Street and threw ground ladders to the building. A crew ascended to the roof and opened existing vents.
The bulk of the fire was knocked down within 15 minutes of crews arriving on scene and crews began to mop-up. The fire was under control by the 20 minute PAR check. Crews continued to hit some hot spots as the remaining smoke cleared out of the building. Portable lighting was brought into the garage as crews began to investigate the cause of the fire.
Pottsville units were released around 7:30 while Port Carbon and Palo Alto units operated into the later morning hours.