Area Firefighters Spent Hours Monday at Field Blaze
NORTH COVENTRY PA – Emergency dispatchers in Chester and Montgomery counties indicated a field fire burned for several hours Monday (Sept. 6, 2021; Labor Day), after starting at about 2:55 p.m. on the north side of Route 724, near its intersection with Sheep Hill Road in North Coventry Township.
A cause of the fire had not been announced as of Monday at 9:45 p.m. It is unknown if anyone was injured during, or as a result of, the blaze. One first responder said the fire involved many bales of hay that had been sitting in the field.
Water tankers from several fire companies and departments in the two counties raced about a mile’s distance, between water sources at the township fire house parking lot to the fire scene west on Route 724. Work crews at the fire house had hoses ready to fill two tankers simultaneously (above). Once tankers were topped off, they were quickly driven to dump their loads into collapsible holding ponds near the field, from which pumpers pushed water to firefighters’ hoses.
Sirens wailed as tankers moved in both directions.
Fire police units limited traffic around the North Coventry fire house to a single lane, and periodically stopped Route 724 travelers as tankers came and went. Units also were stationed outside the Wawa convenience store property just west of the fire house, and occasionally halted traffic there as needed.
A portion of Route 724 near where the fire was being fought was closed to all but emergency vehicles, and other traffic was detoured elsewhere. Thick white and gray smoke could be seen from the highway as it rose above the field. The odor of burning debris could be smelled outside the Gabe’s Department Store entrance at Coventry Mall, about a third of a mile from the field.
Responding in addition to North Coventry were volunteers and apparatus from the Limerick, Royersford, and Twin Valley fire departments; the Ludwigs Corner, Caernarvon, Upper Pottsgrove, Ringing Hill, and Ridge fire companies; and several fire police units.
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