Responders Arrive at Spring Valley Farms on Equipment Call
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A construction equipment fire (at top) that occurred Friday (May 13, 2022) at about 11:33 a.m. on the 300 block of Steeplechase Lane in the Spring Valley Farms housing community was quickly brought under control by first responders for the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies, those at the scene reported.
No one appeared to be injured. Firefighters began packing up their gear by noon.
Lower Pottsgrove Fire Marshal Lew Babel and Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Groff both were at the site. They closely inspected the equipment, a Case model CX145DSR crawler excavator, that appeared to show a lengthy burn or scald mark (above) which extended for about 3-1/2 feet from near the engine compartment down toward the midsection of the excavator housing. The fire marshal’s office has yet to issue a report.
Some property owners near the construction area, where a new home was being built, came out with cell phones onto their sidewalks and began taking photos after firefighters arrived. Three construction workers were sidelined during the activity, and sat atop a pile of building materials to watch the action. They returned to work on the home as soon as an all-clear was sounded.
Firefighters seemed to use extra caution in moving around the scene. Light rain earlier in the day, combined with water from fire hoses, turned the ground beneath their feet into a gooey mud. It potentially posed a slip-and-fall danger. Standing out on the asphalt of the lane, fire company volunteers used their own high-pressure hoses (at right) to remove the caked-on muck.
Township police also responded to the scene.
The incident was initially reported erroneously to Montgomery County emergency dispatchers as a “dumpster fire.”
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