‘Best Possible Outcome’ Thursday at Stowe Fire: No Injuries, Light Damage
STOWE PA – In what one first responder called “the best possible outcome,” no one was reported injured and property damage was kept to a minimum as fire companies from across the greater Pottstown area responded Thursday (June 18, 2020) shortly after 4:35 p.m. to a report of a fire at 527 Glasgow St.
The two-apartment building is located on the south side of the Stowe Brethren In Christ Church, near Glasgow’s intersection with Prince Street. The property is owned by the church, according to West Pottsgrove Township Police, and although both units are in use only one was occupied at the time, they said.
Firefighters were credited by police with having successfully limited problems within the upper unit to “only some smoke, and light water damage.” Heavy-duty fans (above) were employed to clear the interior air. A large church-tended garden, where fresh vegetables were seen growing beneath the day’s bright sunshine, also was spared.
Due to the nature of the building fire alert sounded by Montgomery County dispatchers, fire companies and fire police units rapidly crowded Glasgow’s two lanes (above and below) with trucks and apparatus of all kinds. Among those responding were West Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, Sanatoga, Ringing Hill, Pottstown Empire, Goodwill Rescue, Boyertown, Amity, North Coventry, and four Goodwill ambulances.
A television news helicopter circled overhead, prowling for visual action.
At the start of the response, fire police blocked traffic along the length of Glasgow from West High Street north to West Walnut Street. At the corner of West High and Glasgow, firefighters’ personal vehicles and others filled a small parking lot and the adjacent sidewalk at Knopp’s Service and Performance garage … one of them with their blue light panel still flashing.
Photos by The Post Publications