On Tuesday December 12th, 2017 at approximately 3:12 a.m. Assistant Chief Inzano of Community Fire Department located a working Structure Fire at 109 Highland Avenue while enroute to his residence.
Upon discovering this fire, A/C Inzano transmitted to Somerset County Communications to have Fire District #3 dispatched to the scene. He then attempted to evacuate the residents from the structure, at which time it was discovered that this home belonged to one of East Franklin’s Firefighters FF Jhon Lopez. FF Lopez ran approximately 200 feet to Station 27 and grabbed a Fire Extinguisher, in an effort to hold the fire in the garage while units responded to the scene.
Car 27 (Chief Krushinski) arrived and assumed command of the scene, requesting a full 1st Alarm assisngment and Somerset Fire and Rescue to the scene as our R.I.T. Engine 27 arrived 1st due and stretched a 1 inch and 3/4 pre connected hoseline to the garage. Engine 253 arrived next, at which time the crew began to cut a hole into the garage to allow the hoseline access to fight the fire. A 2nd hoseline was stretched inside the residence to protect the fire from spreading into the home. Ladder 25 arrived and their crew cut a ventilation hole above the garage from the bucket.
Firefighters operated on the scene for approximately 3 hours and ultimately were able to contain the fire to the garage. After the fire was completely extinguished and overhauled, the firefighters remained on the scene and assisted FF Lopez with boarding up his home and removal of damaged belongings.
Additional Units on the Scene were Ladder 27, Squad 27, Air 27 and Car 252. Units cleared the scene at approximately 6:05 a.m. Thank you to all those who assisted our brother in need and to the standby companies who covered Fire District #3.