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Bart Township, PA, July 10, 2014 – The Bart Township Fire Company, along with the Quarryville and Gap fire companies, was dispatched to a reported fire caused by a lightning strike. Chief David King arrived on the scene and found a fire in a 30-by-80-foot woodshop. King requested a second alarm, which brought additional engines, tankers and a second truck. Additional tankers were called to the rural scene. Water had to be shuttled to the scene from a nearby creek. Approximately 100 volunteer firefighters responded.
Photo credit: Photo by Robert Devonshire Jr.
July 5: Westminster, CA – A fire that ripped through a condominium and injured a woman was sparked by an explosion during a drug operation. The blaze caused about $150,000 in damage to the two-story unit. About 35 firefighters responded and were assisted by the Fountain Valley Fire Department.
July 9: Waldorf, MD – More than 100 firefighters and emergency personnel battled a two-alarm fire at a learning center. The blaze, sparked by a lightning strike, led to the evacuation of 80 people and burned 18 of 36 classrooms.
July 15: Buena Park, CA – A fire likely caused by an electrical malfunction in an extension cord caused an estimated $370,000 in damage to a single-story home, making it a total loss. Four adults and two children were displaced; a neighbor’s mobile home and truck were also damaged.
Aug. 4: New Hyde Park, NY – A 22-year-old woman crashed her car through the bay doors of a firehouse, slamming into two fire apparatus parked inside. She was arrested and faced multiple charges after surprised firefighters removed a stolen python from around the woman’s neck. No firefighters were injured and the snake was returned to the pet store.
Thanks to contributors: Don Bain, Jeff Barrington and Jay K. Bradish.
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