On Thursday, April 21, 2011 at approximately 7:12pm Allegheny County 9-1-1 received reports of a structure fire at 333 Ferry Street in Sewickley. Cochran Hose (Station 258) and Ohio Township (Station 220) were dispatched on the initial assignment.
Sewickley police arrived on the scene within moments and reported heavy smoke and fire showing. Assistant 258 arrived on the scene and reported heavy fire from the 1st division on the alpha/bravo sides of a two-story wood frame residential structure. Chief 258 arrived on the scene and assumed Ferry Street command, 258 Assistant assumed operations.
Command requested an immediate 2nd alarm assignment for additional manpower. Edgeworth (Station 138) and Leetsdale (Station 309) were dispatched on the 2nd alarm. Engine 258-1 hit the hydrant at the intersection of Ferry and Little and laid into the scene. The crew from 258 Engine 1 initiated a blitz exterior attack on the fire, using the CAFS system (Compressed Air Foam System). The blitz attack was successful in knocking down the bulk of the fire within a matter of minutes.
Interior crews advanced an attack line and initiated an aggressive attack on the remaining fire on division 1. Interior crews conducted primary and secondary search with negative findings. Crews pulled the ceilings on the 2nd floor to check for additional extension.
Command placed the fire under control at 8:11pm. Crews remained on the scene for an extended period of time with overhaul operations. The American Red Cross assisted the five displaced occupants, by providing them with food, clothing and temporary housing. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.