Around 5pm chalfont fire fighter were dispatched on Box 47-18 to assist Montco station 18 on a dwelling fire on Douglas Rd. Montgomery township. Engine 34(Lt.Bintner) Chief 34 and Deputy 34 responded. Deputy 34 (B. Fluck) arrived on located with fire through the roof of a single family dwelling. Engine 34 laid into the scene from the hydrant and supplied water to engine 60. The crew of engine 34 went into service with hand lines from the exterior. Fire was placed under control and chalfonts crews were released around 7pm.
Chalfont fire company was dispatched on box 24-40 at 14:39. Engine 34-1 (LT. Bair) responded to help with man power due to the extreme clutter of the house. Engine 34-1 crew helped with salvage and overhaul of the large amount of clutter that was hoarded from the homeowner. Engine 34-1 was cleared at 18:00. (Fire Chief Brian DuBree said firefighters had to contend with clutter that "filled rooms from floor to ceiling" in the two-story Colonial on Split Log Drive. "It is a very nice house from the outside, but the homeowner was a hoarder and the amount of stuff inside the house made it difficult for my firefighters," said DuBree. He pointed to a large pile of clothing and boxes on the front lawn of the home. "That's just 1/16th of what we found in each room of the house," said the chief. DuBree said the fire stated shortly after 2:30 p.m. in a bedroom on the second floor. The homeowner and her dog were out of the home when firefighters arrived. He said that crews tried to enter the house through the front door but couldn't get it to open because of the number of items piled behind it."We actually had to remove the door," said DuBree. Because of the clutter, firefighters could not get around and DuBree ordered them out of the structure. "It became a safety issue for my crews," he said. One Plumsteadville firefighter was cut by flying glass. DuBree said he was treated for a head wound at the scene and went back to battle the blaze. The chief called in neighboring companies to help fight the fire from the outside. Asked if he had encountered a problem with hoarding before, DuBree said "nothing this bad." "It didn't allow us do our job," said the chief. The cause of fire is under investigation by the Bucks County Fire Marshal's Office. Among the companies that assisted Plumsteadville were Hilltown, Point Pleasant, Midway, Doylestown, Dublin and Chalfont.) (Intelligencer4-1-2010)
Shortly after 7 PM, Bucks County 911 dispatched Box 29-19 for a dwelling fire at 222 Valley Road in Warrington Twp. Multiple callers reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the building. Police arrived on-scene and advised fire officers of heavy fire. At 7:24 PM, Chief 29 (Bean) called for the 2nd alarm. At 7:31 PM, Ladder 74 (Assistant Fluck) responded to cover Station 29. The third alarm was called for at 7:53 PM. At that time Ladder 74 proceeded to the staging area at 1700 Place. Ladder 74 was eventually called into the scene at 7:56 PM. Rescue 34 (Lt. Bair) responded to cover Station 29 at 7:59 PM. At 12:22 AM, Rescue 34 responded to the scene to help shutdown operations. At 1:25 AM, Ladder 74 was released from the scene followed by Rescue 34 at 2:19 AM.
Throughout the call, firefighters dealt with challenges caused by several hazardous materials within the building. Bucks Count Hazardous Incidents Response Team was called to the scene to monitor the air and run-off. Additionally, all personnel at the scene were directed to wear their SCBA's at all times.
Firefighter from throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties responded to this fire. They were aided by multiple fire police units, canteen services from Stations 4 and 19, Bucks County's mobile command post (CP800), and fire investigators from municipal, county and state agencies.