Thursday, August 30, 2012
At 2159 hours Engine 83 and Chief 8A were alerted to 3317 Huntley Square Dr, in Company 21's area, for a report of a stove on fire. Units arrived to find smoke conditions from the front and heavy fire conditions from the rear of a terrace level condo. First in units attempted to make a push but the heavy fire conditions drove them back and injured several firefighters in the process. Meanwhile a female was discovered trapped on the floor above and was located by a PGFD Safety Officer but soon both were trapped by heavy fire and smoke at the balcony as well as the hallway. The firefighter called a Mayday and radioed his position and advised he and a victim were trapped and they were sharing air. At about this time Engine 83 arrived and laid a line to the rear and then deployed the 250 apartment line and reported to the apartment with the trapped firefighter and victim. About this time units were knocking the fire from the rear and the crew from Engine 83 discovered both victims. The firefighter was found first and passed off to the officer of Engine 83 who led him to safety while the rest of the crew searched and found the civilian just a few feet away. The civilian was semi conscious and suffering from 3rd degree burns on her feet and legs. The crew from Engine 83 and Truck 26 carried her from the building where she was treated and transported to an area burn center. Engine 83 also removed her dog as well. The fire was extinguished and units were held for overhaul while Chief 8A had an interior division. In all 4 firefighters were transported to various hospitals and the incident went to a precautionary second alarm. The units from 8 returned to service in just over 2 hours. While Engine 83 was racking up from Huntley Square Dr, Engine 82 was alerted to 8650 Fulton Ave, in Company 33's area, where units were on the scene with fire from the roof of a duplex after running a local to check on a furnace. Engine 82 was dispatched 3rd due and took a hydrant close by. Units worked to open up and extinguish the fire rather quickly. Engine 82 picked up and returned in about 30 minutes.