On Sunday, March 11, 2012 at approximately 3:30a.m. Aleppo Township (Station 101) was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 313 Sewickley Ridge Drive. Initial call from a neighbor reported fire coming from the roof of the house with possible occupants trapped. Ohio Township Officers Boyd and Patsilevas responding to the scene reported heavy fire visible in the distance. Hearing the update, 101 Chief William Davis JR requested a 2nd alarm assignment. Ohio Township (Station 220), Emsworth (Station 148) and Ben Avon (Station 109) were dispatched to fulfill the 2nd alarm request.
Ohio Township officers arrived on the scene and reported that the occupants of the involved house were exiting the front door, confirmed all occupants safely evacuated and uninjured. Due to the intensity of the blaze, officers evacuated the occupants of the exposure structures on the Bravo and Delta sides of the involved structure. Chief Davis arrived on the scene and reported heavy fire from the roof of a single story brick residential structure.
Upon arriving on the scene, 101 Truck and 220 Truck set up for aerial master stream operations on the Alpha side of the structure. Crews also established a water supply to protect the exposures from the radiant heat. Crews knocked the bulk of the fire down with the master stream operations. Additional crews advanced attack lines into the structure and extinguished the remaining fire. Crews pulled ceilings and opened the walls to expose hot spots for final extinguishment.
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fortunately for the homeowner, he was awakened by the sound of his dining room light fixture falling from the ceiling and discovered his house on fire, allowing him to safely escape. The house was built 11 years ago and is valued at $350,000