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Neighbors in the 3500 block of Goshen Road unexpectedly saw a parade of fire apparatus arriving several days prior to the scheduled, annual Santa ride through their community. This collection of crews and apparatus was a response to chimney fire.
In all chimney fires with a path of the chimney’s flue reaching from the normal first floor fireplace up to the roof area, there exists a large potential area for fires. Any possible fractures in the inner fire flue create the potential for extended fires in all areas along this upward area from the fireplace up to the roof.
This potential of possible burning in the many areas adjacent to the path of chimney prompted a dispatch for additional, neighboring fire companies. Upon arrival, the Newtown firefighter found heavy smoke inside the dwelling. Using the Thermal Imaging Camera the interior firefighters found several potential regions with higher than normal radiant heat signatures. By making two small inspection holes in each of these areas on the first floor, they were pleased to find no fire.
Once the interior crew had finished their sealing of the fireplace opening, a standard aide in preventing any soon-to-be dislodged debris from entering the living area, the crew on the roof began their effort to remove any additional materials that could burn. Using a collection of extending rods and the attached chimney brush, they were removing the combustible accumulation of creosote that occurs from the use of fireplace.
Before leaving the home, the Newtown Square firefighters performed a one last act. Using an extendable mirror, they did an upward inspection looking up from the fireplace to the roof. As these crews let the home, they took with them the runner they had placed on the floor when they entered the residence.
|Beneficial Tradition Continues|
The Newtown Square Fire Company is continuing a mutually beneficial tradition. Located at 8 North Newtown Street Road (PA 252), the firefighters are selling Christmas as special fund raiser.
These Christmas Trees were harvested on Thanksgiving week from a nearby Berks County tree farm. This supply of carefully selected trees was chosen to match the style of homes within the community.
An important criterion was the height of the trees. With market pricing beginning at $45, trees were chosen to fit comfortably in normal ceiling heights as well as taller trees that will complement the many high Newtown Square area ceilings.
In selecting the tree supplier, firefighter Zack Conan volunteered they are all trees that were chosen were selected to become a quality additionto the community’s homes
The core hours of this sale are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be hours later than the evening time; available crew members will also be at the Fire Station when they are performing a work detail, meetings, and training.
An additional benefit that-accompanies this Fund Raising event is the continuation of the free local delivery provided by the firefighters.