SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. – At 05:55 AM on Saturday, November 11, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched a first alarm assignment to 119 West Pine Street in the Sheppton section of East Union Township for a reported house fire.
The first alarm included Districts 9 (Sheppton-Oneida) and 30 (Ringtown Valley), Nuremberg-Weston, Mahanoy City (West End), Hazle Township and Harwood. A tanker task force was quickly added by Chief 09-02 after receiving reports of a fully involved dwelling. The tanker task force included Shenandoah (Polish American), Mahanoy City (Good American), Hazle Township and Ringtown Valley.
Engine 09-10 arrived on scene with Chief 9 who found a fully involved house trailer. Chief 9 established command while the engine crew stretched a 2.5″ attack line to begin fire attack and protect an exposure which was a garage a few feet from the trailer.
Tanker 09-30 arrived on scene and stretched a supply line to the engine. Additional personnel began to arrive on scene and two 1.75″ handlines were stretched to the residence from Engine 9-10. Crews maintained a defensive operation throughout the incident.
Firefighters from Ringtown, West End and Hazle Township arrived on the scene and aided the Sheppton firefighters with pulling walls down and hitting whatever fire remained.
Tankers staged on Pine Street and when ready, backed in to the scene and fed their water to 09-10. Nuremberg Engine 582 set up a tanker fill site in the Humboldt Industrial Park on Green Mountain Road.
The bulk of the fire had been knocked down by 6:20 AM and crews were able to perform extensive overhaul. Out of town crews began to be released around 7 AM while the last ones were released by 8 AM.
PPL Electric was on the scene to disconnect power and the American Red Cross was dispatched to assist a displaced resident. Shenandoah EMS was on the scene to provide rehab to firefighters while Steward’s Store of Sheppton brought hot coffee for the firefighters working in temperatures in the teens.
A State Police Fire Marshal was requested to respond to the scene to help investigate the cause of the fire. Sheppton crews remained on scene till just before 9 AM talking with the homeowner and extinguishing the final hot spots.