May 30, 2014 -At 08:30 Stations 2 & 4 were dispatched to the area of 1297 Schuylkill Mountain Road for an unknown type fire. As units became en-route, Chief 723 (Reed) arrived on scene and was met with a fully involved house fire at the address of 30 Shue String Lane. Chief 723 immediately upgraded the assignment to a working fire, and requested a Tanker Task Force. Crews from the SHFD arrived on scene and performed an exterior attack (surround and drown) using multiple master streams. The fire was shortly brought under control. Crews remained on scene for overhaul operations and by the request of PSP.
At 13:04, while units were still on the scene of the previous structure fire, SCCC transmitted an alert for a house fire w/entrapment at 421 E. Main Street, in the borough. Tower 519 (Minersville) and Engine 58-10 (Pine Grove) were on stand-by at the Schuylkill Hose and immediately responded to the scene to find heavy smoke showing from the residence on the address side of the building. The first in crews stretched lines and began a primary search. The fire was controlled and knocked down within minutes. Chief 720 (Donatti) arrived on scene and took command of the incident.
Sadly, there were 2 civilian fatalities due to the fires on this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and our fellow firefighters. The SHFD would like to thank all of those who assisted the department; this includes those who came out of retirement to help establish the initial water supply on Main Street. The SHFD would also like to thank all of the surrounding fire companies for their support and mutual aid. Out of respect for the families there will be no photos posted.