Crews kept busy with weekend calls in southern Clearfield County|
Monday, March 4, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
COALPORT - Firefighters were busy over the weekend in southern Clearfield County as structure fires kept them on their toes for about 12 hours late Friday into Saturday.
The first fire was at approximately 11:45 p.m. Friday at the Rich Sacolic residence, 3955 Glendale Valley Blvd., Beccaria Township, across the road from the Rainbow Tavern.
Rich Rydbom, chief, Glendale Fire Department, was the first on scene and reported heavy fire showing. When Clearfield County 911 paged the call, the dispatchers said the caller reported his bedroom was on fire and he was getting out with his three girls.
Firefighters had to close state Route 53 to place 5-inch hose to a fire hydrant near Lyleville Bridge; approximately 1,000 feet of hose was stretched to the scene.
Rydbom said the home is not insured and is a total loss. Firefighters had a quick knockdown on the blaze.
Neighbors said they didn't know anything was going on until they saw fire trucks outside the window. They thought there was a accident until more fire trucks started to arrive, then they looked up past their home and saw flames shooting from the neighbor's house.
Irvona, Ashville, Houtzdale and Reade Fire Co. of Blandburg assisted Glendale at the scene, as did Irvona Ambulance and Glendale Quick Response Service.
Rydbom said about 40 firefighters were on scene for about four hours.
Adam Rydbom, assistant chief, Glendale Fire Depart-ment, said he was home about five minutes when the whistle blew again, this time for a structure fire at 800 Gates Road, White Township, Cambria County.
Rich Rydbom said it was a flue fire at a camp that extended into the attic and was through the roof when firefighters arrived on scene.
Rich Rydbom said Ashville Fire Co. had more than 2,000 feet of five-inch hose stretched down the driveway to the camp. He said there were some people staying in the camp this weekend, but they all escaped without injuries.
He said the building was not insured.
A tanker shuttle was set up and about 50 firefighters were on scene for approximately 2½ hours.
Ashville, Patton and Irvona assisted Glendale at the scene. Patton and Hastings ambulances also responded, as did Glendale QRS. There were no injuries.
At approximately 9:15 a.m. Saturday, the Sacolic home along Glendale Valley Boulevard was again on fire. This time Adam Rydbom had command of the fire.
He said the home has blown in insulation and it was smoldering from the previous fire and rekindled.
"We had a good attack," Adam Rydbom said. "Everything went smooth."
Once again, SR 53 was closed while the five-inch hose was stretched to the hydrant.
Adam Rydbom said there were no injures and firefighters were on scene until about noon.
Approximately 20 firefighters from Glendale, Irvona, Ashville and Patton were on scene. Irvona Ambulance and Glendale QRS also responded.
Rich Rydbom said the cause of the initial fire at the Sacolic home is under investigation by the state police fire marshal from Clearfield.
After the fires, Glendale was paged to assist Reade with an accident on Dakota Ridge Road, but Adam Rydbom said they were canceled.