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Fire destroys garage, auto memorabilia in Grampian

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Grampian, PA – A large garage with multiple antique cars and automobile memorabilia was destroyed in a fire in Grampian.

Several fire companies were called out to the garage along Haytown Road in Penn Township just before 3 p.m. Friday.

Because of the fuel and equipment stored there, there had been multiple explosions from the fire. The scene was fed with tens of thousands of gallons of water.

Although a lifetime of work and property was destroyed from this family in Grampian, it thankfully does not appear that anyone was injured.

Fire crews want to say thank you to all of the fire fighters, volunteers, and community members who helped with this incident.

Rescue Hose and Ladder based out of Curwensville notes that every piece of equipment from their station cooperated at this scene, which rarely needs to happen unless it’s a very extensive fire.

They also point out how important it is that other stations had their trucks on standby to cover their service area. A field and brush fire had started at a saw mill in Ferguson Township, and other standby companies from Hyde, Mahaffey, and Lawrence Township were able to respond to that separate incident, highlighting why it’s necessary to have standby coverage.

Photo is courtesy of the Rescue Hose & Ladder Company.

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Click Here to see the Grampian Penn Bloom Volunteer Hose Company Facebook post about the incident.

At 2:51pm March 18th Company 9 was alerted to a working structure fire along Haytown Road Penn Township. Chief 9 arrived on scene to find a large garage on fire and called for 2nd alarm. Engine 9 arrived on scene and deployed a hand line and a 2.5in line to start fighting the fire. Engine tanker 8-2 arrived and also deployed several lines. Chief 9 upgraded to a 3rd alarm fire for more water and more man power. Huge thank you to all companies involved. A special thank you to Curwensville EMS for always being there to watch over us and provide water for us. Very special thank you to Papa Ts pizza for bringing us pizzas and also thank you to Penn Township and DB wood products Inc for providing machines to help remove cars and trucks damaged in the fire…

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Click Here to see the Rescue Hose & Ladder Company’s Facebook post about the fire.

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March 18 at 14:51, Company 8 was dispatched to assist Company 9, Grampian, with a fire along Haytown Road in Penn Township. Engine Tanker 8-2, Engine Tanker 8-1, Rescue 8-1, Rescue 8-2, Brush 8, 853, 852, 851, MedCom 8, and MICU 8 all responded to assist. Chief 9 arrived first on scene to find a garage fully involved with multiple explosions. The second alarm was immediately struck, and subsequently the third alarm shortly after. A number of attack lines were stretched off of 8-2 to the fire. Crews protected an exposure that the siding was rapidly melting off of. Crews then worked at suppression of the well involved garage. 8-1 arrived on scene, fed 8-2, and set up their dump tank. 8-1 drafted from the dump tank which was fed by a number of mutual aid tankers, and subsequently fed the scene with tens of thousands of gallons of water. Meanwhile, Company 8’s EMS set up and conducted rehab for firefighters on scene. An extensive amount of work was put in to suppression and overhaul due to the large number of vehicles and equipment in the building. Although it very rarely happens, it is worthy to note that every piece of apparatus from the the RH&L co operated on this scene. Company 8 operated for approximately 5 hours before returning available. Please keep this family in your prayers as a lifetime worth of work and property was destroyed in the fire.
While on scene, Company 8 was alerted for an outside fire along Tabernacle Road in Ferguson Township, Brush 8 diverted to the call. While the majority of the fire companies in the area were operating on the garage fire, Standby Companies responded to assist. Centre Engine Rescue 57 responded from Hyde, Jefferson Engine 17 responded from Mahaffey, and Squad 39 responded from the Lawrence Township Fire Co. Brush and UTV 29 also responded. Crews worked together to handle a field and brush fire that had started at a saw mill. This is the prime example of why we bring in standby companies to cover the area while we are operating on a call of this size. Thanks to all those that assisted.