Five Companies Respond to Monday Fire on Tyler Court

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – First responders were called Monday (Memorial Day, May 30, 2022) at 6:06 a.m. from Sanatoga, Ringing Hill, Pottstown, Limerick, and New Hanover to extinguish a home fire on the 3000 block of Tyler Court. It generated what Montgomery County emergency dispatchers said was “heavy smoke” within Lower Pottsgrove’s Woodgate housing community.

Occupants of the home quickly evacuated, and no one was reported injured.

Five Companies Respond to Monday Fire on Tyler Court

Flames could be seen surrounding an window-sized air conditioner installed at the home’s northwest side (at top), and firefighters worked near that spot using ladders, pike poles and gloved hands to remove siding (above). A ground commander said their goal was to uncover the travel of flames south near the roof line.

Their colleagues then trained water from hoses established on an upper floor inside the home toward the burning material (below). Eventually the smoldering air conditioner was knocked out of its secured position, fell a roughly two-story distance, and crashed to the ground.

Five Companies Respond to Monday Fire on Tyler Court
Five Companies Respond to Monday Fire on Tyler Court

Lower Pottsgrove Fire Marshal Lew Babel and Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Groff both were at the scene, as well as three Lower Pottsgrove police patrol units. Two emergency medical technicians were available from Goodwill Ambulance and firefighters also prepared a personnel litter, but neither the expertise or equipment were needed.

Because investigators were continuing their work, no official report on the fire, its cause, or the extent of damage was immediately available.

Neighbors gathered outside on the driveways of adjacent properties on the cul de sac to console fire victims, some of whom apparently were sleeping when the incident began. At least one stood in slippers and was draped in blankets to ward off the morning chill. They soon were invited into a nearby home to be more comfortable while firefighters worked, a police officer said.

Local fire police set up cone barriers at the intersections of Karen Drive with Pruss Hill Road and Oakdale Drive, respectively, to keep temporarily traffic away from the scene.

Editor’s Note: This story was published Monday at 11:23 a.m. and re-edited Monday at 1:54 p.m.

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