November 26, 2011 – As all Schuylkill Haven units were working the previous structure fire in Cressona, at 22:59 SCCC advised of a 2ND CALL TO DISTRICT for a commercial fire located at 1478 Route 61 (The Buffet House Chinese Restaurant – Formerly the River Inn). P-6 (Sibbett) was in the area at the time of the call and setup command at the A/D corner. P-6 then advised of heavy smoke pushing from all of the eves of the building and requested a 2nd alarm. Several units being released from the previous call including Ladder 519 were immediately re-directed to the scene. Multiple units who were also on stand-by in the borough of Schuylkill Haven filled the assignment in place of the SHFD. E-733 was released from Cressona to also assist. Crews that arrived on scene first immediately made entry to the structure and found the bulk of the fire load to be located in the basement. Conditions started to deteriorate rapidly including a partial collapse of the 1st floor and all units were forced to evacuate. At this point, P-6 ordered all operations defensive. Master streams were then established on all 4 corners of the structure. Multiple Chiefs assisted P-6 with operations throughout the remainder of the morning (Chief 722, Chief 723, 56-02, Chief 53, Chef 511) as crews re-entered the structure for overhaul. Fire personnel remained on scene for approximately 8 hours until being released. *Photos via Mark Krammes*
November 26, 2011 – At 18:24 the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department was dispatched along with Fire District 41 (Cressona) to the area of Front and Railroad Streets for a commercial structure fire. As units began to respond SCCC advised of a working fire with flames through the roof of the Cressona Textile building. Crews arrived on scene and immediately setup a defensive attack as the structure was fully involved with fire. E-732 hit a hydrant at Railroad Street and established a supply line to multiple master streams including Ladder 51 (Pottsville) and Ladder 519 (Minersville). E-737 was then supplied on side C of the structure via 3inch from Ladder 519. Chief 730 (Reed) also requested a tanker task force which brought tankers from surrounding areas including Landingville, Mount Carbon, Deer Lake, Summit Station, and Freidensburg. All units remained on scene for approximately 10 hours. Chief 730 (Reed) had command.
December 25, 2011 –At 20:22 Stations 1 & 4 were dispatched to 340 Maple Blvd. Deer Lake for a house fire. Chief 42 arrived on scene to find a working fire around the chimney area of the residence. More info and photos to come.