New Hanover Responds to Orchard Lane Home Fire
NEW HANOVER PA – A resident in the 2300 block of Orchard Lane in New Hanover Township, who Montgomery County emergency dispatchers said valiantly tried to extinguish a fire at the back of that property with a garden hose, received extra help Sunday (Oct. 30, 2022) at about 3:58 p.m. from New Hanover Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services (at top and above) and several assisting first responders.
Arriving New Hanover and supporting crews confirmed heavy smoke was billowing across the property and those nearby as the fire progressed. A row of ladder, engine, and other vehicles lined Orchard Lane (above) from roughly its midpoint east to New Hanover Square Road. Fire police blocked traffic access there and at Burton Drive on the west.
On its Facebook page, New Hanover reported firefighters created a ventilation hole on the rear roof of the home’s garage, and then began to pull down its interior drywall ceiling. That and other work to expose and reach and hose down the fire showed it had extended up the garage, its rear wall and soffit, and began to burn its roof trusses. The heat of the flames melted siding and singed trim, too. (below).
Quick action by all involved helped to minimize the extent of damage to the property, the department noted. A potential cause of the fire was not announced, and likely is pending an investigation and follow-up reports. There were no reports of injuries.
A few neighbors who said they were from Jessica Drive, Anna Way, and Louisa Way, all a short distance north of the scene, as well as many on Orchard Lane, saw and heard the response and walked over to see the crews in action. Most kept a respectful distance as firefighters worked; a handful recorded the event for posterity with cell phones.
Responding in addition to a large complement of New Hanover vehicles and volunteers were township police, Goodwill Ambulance, and fire companies from Sanatoga and Upper Frederick.
Video and photos by The Post