Late this morning, Engine 63-1 and Tower 63 were alerted as part of the 2nd alarm assignment to the 600 block of Wyncroft Lane for an apartment building on fire. The address is located in the Kensington Club Apartment Complex off of Wabank Road.
Truck 63 was the 2nd arriving aerial company and was immediately pressed into service. The crew split into two groups. Two members went into service with the bucket while the remaining four members placed ladders for egress in case an interior attack was re-attempted. Initial interior fire suppression efforts had been ceased prior to our arrival. During the course of the fire, Tower 63’s ground crew did assist the crew of Rescue 50 with locating a resident’s dog and removing it to safety.
Master streams from Tower 63, Tower 67, Truck 204, Engine 64-2, Engine 66-3, as well as multiple hand-lines were used to knock the bulk of the fire down and prevent it from spreading to adjacent structures.
Due to water supply problems, a tanker task-force was requested to help supplement the taxed water system. Engine 63-1 was set up at the entrance to the complex and drafted at the dump site. Engine 63-1 then relayed water from the dump site to the scene.
Once the fire was brought under control, Tower 63 and 67 were supplied with compressed air foam from Engine 41-1 to coat the burned structure to try to prevent any rekindles.
After operating for several hours, 63 units were released from the scene. As Tower 63 was departing the complex, a fire alarm was dispatched in nearby Millersville. Tower 63 re-directed to that call since the area was still fairly stripped of available fire apparatus. That alarm was found to be burnt food. Once cleared from that call, Tower 63 returned to our quarters to clean up.
We’d like to give a special thanks to Tanker 43 from Gordonville and Truck 42 from Gap for covering our quarters while we were out.