Several Fire Companies Respond to Limerick Blaze

LIMERICK PA – A smoky and blazing building fire on the grounds of the On Point Nursery, 458 Swamp Pike, which Montgomery County emergency dispatchers said began Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2022) shortly after 11 a.m., required the efforts of more than a dozen area fire companies and departments to extinguish.

Several Fire Companies Respond to Limerick Blaze

Fire marshals were called to the scene to assist in the investigation, and a report is being awaited. A cause of the fire has not yet been publicly disclosed. It is unknown if any injuries were sustained by those involved, but several different emergency medical services teams were available to provide assistance. The scene was active for several hours.

Several Fire Companies Respond to Limerick Blaze

Many of the trucks were tankers (above) that ferried thousands of gallons of water to the site, where no hydrants were available. They formed a steadily moving line along the pike, with drivers waiting patiently to empty their cargoes into temporary holding pools that fed first-responders’ hoses. Then they turned around and went back to nearby sources for more.

Several Fire Companies Respond to Limerick Blaze
Several Fire Companies Respond to Limerick Blaze

Two different tower trucks also were put to use, making sure that firefighters had over-the-roof access (above) if needed.

Protective masks and self-contained breathing apparatus were worn by nearly every responder (right), as thick gray and black smoke at times blanketed much of the tree nursery property. Flames could be readily seen at the rear of the wood-and-stone building. Firefighters equipped with power saws and pikes opened holes in the structure to gain better access to its burning and smoldering portions.

Although the fire staging area was primarily on Swamp Pike between Steinmetz and Fruitville roads, fire police detoured traffic further west and east onto alternate routes. They wanted to ensure arriving and departing equipment could move freely. Limerick and Lower Pottsgrove police units also re-directed traffic as firefighters were arriving.

Fire companies, departments, and personnel responding included those from Limerick, Perkiomen, Collegeville, New Hanover, Lower Frederick, Sanatoga, Ringing Hill, Gilbertsville, Upper Salford, Skippack, Upper Frederick, Harleysville, and Royersford, dispatchers reported.

Several Fire Companies Respond to Limerick Blaze

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