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Firefighters battle West Caln house fire during frigid temperatures


WEST CALN >> Firefighters battled a house fire in freezing temperatures which initially created a challenge to establish a water supply.

Firefighters were dispatched at 5:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a house fire in the 200 block of Hill Road in West Caln Township. Wagontown Fire Chief Todd Ziegler, who was first on-scene, reported fire showing from the front of the single-story home. Initial reports indicated flames on the roof near the chimney.

Ziegler said the firefighters performed an interior attack on the house fire and the fire was mostly contained to the front of the home. The home is valued at about $250,000. The cost in damages was not immediately available.

Ziegler said the rescue crew went in and found a dog during the search, but the dog did not survive. No other injuries were reported. The Red Cross is assisting the family of four. No one was home at time of fire.


Ziegler said there was an issue with establishing a water supply during the beginning of the incident because of the frigid temperatures, and the water from the engines began to freeze as it came out of the pipes. There was also a lack of hydrants in the area. He said the firefighters were able to overcome that issue and they also braved the cold for hours.

“It was nine degrees when we were out there last night,” Ziegler said on Saturday. “That was definitely challenging. We had to worry about slips and falls and everything else going on. No one was injured, so that was great.”

The fire was placed under control by 6:30 p.m. Firefighters remained on scene for overhaul and cleared the scene by 9:44 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Chester County Fire Marshall.

Wagontown was assisted by Honey Brook, East Brandywine, Minquas, Glenmoore, Modena, White Horse of Lancaster and Garden Spot of Lancaster fire companies, as well as Brandywine Medic 93 and Westwood EMS.

Visit Daily Local News staff writer Ginger Rae Dunbar’s blog about journalism and volunteering as a firefighter at FirefighterGinger.blogspot.com.

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