Winds Fuel Wednesday Home Fire in North Coventry
NORTH COVENTRY PA – Dozens of firefighters from portions of Chester, Montgomery, and Berks counties were summoned Wednesday (March 15, 2023) at 1:33 a.m. by emergency dispatchers to a raging, wind-driven fire (at top and below) at a reportedly vacant house on the 1200 block of West Cedarville Road in North Coventry Township.
First responders remained on the scene as of Wednesday at 4:35 a.m., dispatchers reported, and there were no reports of injuries at the time. The two-story masonry-and-wood home, located on what Chester County property records indicate was a 3-1/2-acre parcel with several outbuildings, appeared severely damaged.
Engine, tower, rescue, and tanker trucks, and other fire vehicles, raced to the scene. Several reached it by way of Catfish Lane from Route 724, and lit up the portion of West Cedarville Road with floodlights and flashing beacons.
Firefighters battled the blaze in below-freezing temperatures, and against what the National Weather Service labeled as “moderate” winds blowing from the northwest at about 16 miles per hour. Flames that engulfed most of the home’s roof seemed to burn higher and hotter as winds gusted.
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Among fire departments and companies responding were North Coventry, Pottstown, Limerick, Ridge, Birdsboro-Union, Twin Valley, Goodwill Ambulance, the Chester County Fire Marshal’s Office, and North Coventry police.
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