On January 22, 2003, at approximately 00:25 hours, the Plymouth Fire and Ambulance where dispatched to E. Main Street at Dee's Desert's for a reported Structure Fire. Plymouth PD arrived on scene soon after dispatched and reported a working fire.
Plymouth Engine 2 arrived on scene and dropped a 5" supply line and made a quick attack with tank water prior to establishing street water.
Initial reports stated that there might have been possible entrapment. It was later determined that all occupants were safely out of the building. Building consisted of numerous apartments along with the business which made firefighting operations difficult. There was an estimated 10 persons displaced by the blaze.
A quick special call for Edwardsville 113 was placed due to rapid advancing fire conditions and exposure problems on side C and D of the structure. Ladder 113 laid in an established it's own water supply to feed the ladder pipe and additional hand lines.
Due to increased rapid advancement of the fire, operations went to an exterior attack after the building showed signs of structural instability. An additional Ladder was requested and Nanticoke City Truck 1 to position in the rear being feed by Plymouth Engine 1.
Fire burned out of control for roughly 4 hours before being brought under control. 2 Ladder pipes along with several ground monitors and hand lines were in operation.
Weather played havoc on the incident with temperatures in the single digits, causes the road and surrounding areas along with hose lines to become instantly ice covered.
One resident was treated for difficulty breathing and One firefighter was treated for frost bite to both of his hands. Both persons were treated and released.
Additional assisting units on scene were Plymouth Rescue and EMS, Edwardsville Rescue and EMS, Northeast Paramedics, Larksville Fire Department and Courtdale Fire Department.
The fire's cause is still undetermined at this time and is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.