Upper Salford Barn Blaze Draws 16 Fire Companies

UPPER SALFORD PA – A Thursday (March 10, 2022) barn fire reported at 8:28 a.m. on the 1600 block of Old Sumneytown Pike brought out 16 fire companies, two ambulance services, and several fire police units for a blaze that took hours to extinguish, according to the fire companies involved. Crews stayed on the scene into mid-afternoon, wary of hot spots and completing follow-up duties.

No one was reported injured; a residence on the same property stood nearby. Montgomery County emergency dispatchers were told no animals were inside at the barn at the time.

Upper Salford Barn Fire Draws 16 Fire Companies

Many of the companies, responding to mutual aid calls, drove their tankers to the site to ensure a constant supply of water for firefighters. A long line of trucks (above) could be seen waiting in the vicinity, between Barndt and Perkiomenville roads and near Salford Hills Elementary School, as they prepared to empty their tanks into rectangular reservoirs that fed lengthy hoses.

With the barn fully involved, as reported by the Upper Salford company, heavy smoke wafted across the area at times and occasionally impeded visibility. Air tanks and breathing masks were, for many volunteers fighting the fire, tools of necessity (below). Dispatchers were told the smoke could be seen from the school building, less than a quarter-mile away.

Upper Salford Barn Fire Draws 16 Fire Companies

In addition to Upper Salford, fire companies and departments responding included those from Lower Frederick, Harleysville Community, Green Lane, Tylersport Volunteer, Towamencin Volunteer, Skippack, Perkiomen Township, Pennsburg Volunteer, Red Hill Volunteer, Telford, Perseverance Volunteer, Upper Frederick, Limerick, Hatfield, and Trappe.

Two other companies, Hilltown Township Volunteer and New Hanover Volunteer Fire & Rescue, provided stand-by services at Upper Salford’s station. Also arriving on scene were Harleysville Area Emergency Medical Services, and the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale.

Photos taken by Ted Hodgins for the Perkiomen Township Fire Company and used with permission