Garage Fire on Black Horse Road
By Ludwigs Corner Fire Company
February 2, 2021

On Tuesday night, at 9:46 p.m., Ludwigs Corner Fire Company, Lionville Fire Company, Glen Moore Fire Company, and Uwchlan Ambulance were dispatched for a garage fire in LCFC’s first due territory. The caller reported a three car unattached garage on fire in the 400 block of Black Horse Road in West Vincent Township.

An officer from West Vincent Police Department arrived on-scene first and advised that there was fire showing from the unattached garage. With this information, Chief 73 requested the working fire dispatch and first alarm tanker task force as there are not any hydrants located on this section of Black Horse Road. The working fire dispatch brought Air 46 (Minquas Fire Company), MICU 244-1 (Westwood Ambulance), PECO, and the Fire Marshall to the scene. Additionally, the first alarm tanker task force called for tankers from East Whiteland Fire Company, East Brandywine Fire Company, Ridge Fire Company, Valley Forge Fire Company, and an engine and tanker from Kimberton Fire Company.

Assistant 47 arrived on-scene first, confirmed the report of the working fire, and requested the first due engine stretch two handlines upon arrival. Chief 73 arrived shortly after Assistant 47 and assumed Black Horse Road Command. Engine 73-2 arrived as first due engine with a crew of 5 and quickly stretched multiple 1 and 3/4 inch handlines to the front of the garage. The crew was able to get water on the fire in a short period of time to knock the fire before transitioning to an interior attack. Engine 73-1 arrived on-scene and supplied Engine 73-2 while the crew from 73-1 assisted with fire suppression. Meanwhile, a crew from Lionville Fire Company was sent to the roof to cut a hole to allow for vertical ventilation as crews from 73-2 still had high heat conditions inside the garage.

The fire was placed under control a short time later and the tanker task force was returned while crews from LCFC, Lionville Fire Company, and Glen Moore Fire Company remained on-scene to continue with ventilation and overhaul.

Crews from LCFC were on-scene for 2 hours and 22 minutes before returning to the station to clean equipment and put the apparatus back in-service. A special thank you goes out to Kimberton Fire Company and Twin Valley Fire Company for not only standing by at our station while we operated at the fire, but also for helping us clean up and getting our apparatus back in-service in a timely manner.
Photos courtesy of Lionville Fire Company

Units: Chief 73, Engine 73-1, Engine 73-2, Tanker 73, Traffic 73, QRS 73
Mutual Aid: Lionville Fire Company, Glen Moore Fire Company, Minquas Fire Company No. 2, East Whiteland Fire Company, East Brandywine Fire Company, Kimberton Fire Company, Ridge Fire Company, Valley Forge Fire Company, Uwchlan Ambulance, Westwood Ambulance