On Wednesday June 6th, 2012 the Coatesville Fire Department, Thorndale Fire Company and Veterans Affairs Fire Department was dispatched to the 600 block of Coates Street in the City for a house fire. (Address dispatched 618 Coates Street)
At 1632 hours Coatesville Temporary Chief Lentz arrived on-scene and reported heavy smoke showing from the middle of the row. Chief Lentz requested the "WFD" and a re-tap was struck for the City Fire, Modena for an Engine, Engine from Sadsbury for RIT, additional Ladder Company from East Brandywine, Rescue from Alert of Downingtown, Air Truck from Minquas of Downington, and EMS Units getting Medic 93 and Ambulance from Modena at 1633 hours.
Engine 43 layed in from the closet hydrant on Coates Street and began fire suppression with Ladder 41 on the fire building. Engine 76 followed in Engine 43 and assisted with fire suppression and setting up a water supply to the units on-scene.
Engine 31-1 arrived on-scene and was changed assignments and advised to assist with fire suppression and handle water on the "C" Charlie side which was an exposure building.
The fire spread rapidly into the cockloft of the fire building which allowed the fire to spread to adjoining residences. The fire was burning through the adjoining units leading into the row.
At 1635 hours a 2nd Alarm was struck , additional alarms were struck for man power and units going through a second, third and later a fourth alarm fire. Over twenty fire departments and companies throughout Chester and Lancaster County companies worked throughout the evening with extensive fire suppression and overhaul.
Firefighters were faced with heavy smoke and fire on the second floor of several units and the roof. The fire spread to nine different units before firefighters could bring it under control. The fire was in older construction row homes which have no fire breaks/walls.
Multiple agencies were brought in for relocates and coverage units in the City and nearby Companies.
The fire was brought under control at 1800 hours with multiple hands working and units in service.
Coatesville units worked into the night hours and cleared the scene after 2100 hours. Extensive clean-up and work had to be conducted on-scene and back at the station.
The CFD thanks the West Grove Fire Company and GFAC EMS for covering our local during this incident. One additional alarm was handled by 36, 39, while responding into the City.
The CFD thanks all agencies, companies, and departments that assisted with this incident.