At 06:05 this morning Station 120 (Chalfant), 153 Engine and 303 Truck (Wilkins #3) were alerted for a possible apartment fire in the 300-blk of Lynnwood Ave, Chalfant. As units were marking up PD and EMS arrived onscene and reported nothing showing. 303 Truck entered the dead end street first with 120 Engine behind them securing a water supply. 153 Engine arrived just behind them as units determined there was a working fire in the 1st floor apartment. The 153 Engine crew stretched a line off of 303 truck and entered the apartment where a bedroom fire was located. After difficulty getting water pressure the bedroom fire was knocked but crews found heavy extension in the ceiling and running the walls. With this update and smoke beginning to push from the 2nd and 3rd floors command requested a 2nd Alarm bringing 122 Rescue (Churchill), 302 Engine (Wilkins #1), and a special call for 207 Engine (North Braddock) to the scene. As crews began to open up on the upper floors a large amount of fire was discovered on both. This along with a severe drop in water pressure lead to the building being evacuated as crews regrouped and secured an additional water supply. Personnel were able to get the bulk of the fire knocked down shortly after this but extensive overhaul had to take place. During the course of the incident a large amount of additional mutual aid companies were requested to assist with manpower, these included 304 Engine (Wilkins #4), 137 Rescue (Edgewood), 227 Rescue (Penn Hills #7), 135 RIT (East Mckeesport), and 196 RIT (Monroeville #6). 153 Equipment remained onscene for over 4 hours before clearing. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating.
Command: 120 Chief (Wroblewski)
Operations: 153 Assistant (Colella)
Units Working: 120 Engine, 153 Engine and Truck, 303 Truck and Attack, 207 Engine, 122 Rescue, 302 Engine, 304 Engine, 227 Rescue, 135 Rescue, and 196 Rescue