Firefighters battle back-to-back blazes in Pa.

June 05, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Firefighters make a hole Sunday in the roof a garage behind Simmers House of Birds & Pets in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Two firefighters were taken to Waynesboro Hospital on Sunday to be treated for heat exhaustion suffered as crews battled back-to-back fires.

Those two firefighters and others treated at the scenes for heat-related conditions were doing well in their recovery later in the day, Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin said.

The first fire, which was reported at 1:02 p.m., involved a garage behind Simmers House of Birds & Pets at 213 W. Main St.

“There was fire showing from the rear,” Waynesboro Capt. Brian Starliper said.

Starliper entered the cinder-block and wood-frame garage, where he saw fire in one corner. He estimated the fire caused about $5,000 worth of damage.

The cause is being investigated, Starliper said.

It was from that scene the two firefighters were taken to Waynesboro Hospital.

Meanwhile, a call at 1:48 p.m. sent some crews to Antietam Apartments off Welty Road. Martin called for additional manpower, hailing departments from Franklin and Adams counties in Pennsylvania, and Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland.

Fire originating from a charcoal grill started climbing up the back of an apartment building, Martin said.
“Someone had used a fire extinguisher and knocked some of it down,” he said.

The fire melted a window and ignited curtains in one unit. That resident was assisted by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Martin said he recently has experienced an increased number of calls regarding grill fires. He recommends not keeping grills on wooden decks or close to structures.

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