October 31, 2008- Halloween Starts off with a Bang for SHFD!!!
Just after 12:20 the beeps were hit for 135 Haven Street, Schuylkill Haven Boro, for a reported kitchen fire. As most people were responding to their respective stations, the SHPD were going to the scene to evaluate the situation. As the Schuylkill Haven Police arrived on scene, they reported to county of a Working Structure Fire to the rear of the residence. On Duty Chief 720 (Peel) also arrived and confirmed a working fire, and only after a few minutes upgraded to a 2nd Alarm. The second alarm brought in: Ladder 51 (Pottsville City), Engine 56-10 (Orwigsburg), and Pottsville R.I.T. (Rapid Intervention Team).
The fire which was originally to the rear of the home spread rapidly and was tough to make decent lead way, which was why the 2nd alarm was struck so quick. Heavy fire damage was reported throughout the house, gutting the 1st floor almost completely and also fire damage to some of the second floor, as well as heavy smoke and water damage. Crews were on scene for roughly 4 hours knocking down remaining hot spots and securing the residence. **MLK PHOTOS**