At 07:14 this morning, Stations 61 (Upper Leacock), 31 (Bareville), 62 (Witmer), 29 (West Earl), 63 (Lafayette), and 204 (Manheim Twp) were dispatched to 230 W Main Street in Leola for a building fire. Multiple 9-1-1 callers reported flames and smoke visible from a business complex at the location. Assistant 61 arrived and confirmed fire showing from a 3 story commercial building. With a large volume of fire visible from the building, a 2nd alarm was transmitted. Truck 63 and Engine 63-1 made the response with 11 members and arrived shortly after the 2nd alarm was requested. Truck 63 positioned on the “delta” side of the building and set up. Truck 63’s interior crew went inside with the attack crew from Engine 62-2. As Engine 62-2 advanced their attack line, Truck 63’s inside team completed searches and began opening up. The exterior team of Truck 63 deployed ground ladders, forced entry for egress points, and ventilated for the interior companies operating from the delta side. When Engine 63-1 arrived, they laid 600′ of 5 inch supply line from a hydrant West of the scene and supplied Engine 62-2 with water. The water was then redirected from Engine 62-2 to attack lines and master streams. Engine 63-1’s crew was pressed into service assisting companies that were already engaged fire suppression.
With fire working on all three floors and being well-advanced, the decision was made to evacuate the building and re-group. The evacuation tones were sounded and all companies were quickly pulled out of the building. Once all personnel had exited the structure, the truck companies were ordered to open up their master stream devices into the third floor to knock down the bulk of the fire. After this was completed, crews were re-deployed inside the continue the fire fight.
Our crews were used to check for further fire spread and overhaul in several parts of the building as well as tasked with removing parts of the tin roof. We were eventually released after roughly three hours of continuous operation.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Lampeter Fire Company for covering for us until we returned. Our thoughts and prayers are with those businesses affected by today’s fire.