At 1808 hours the Company was dispatched to a manufacturing facility on North Washington Street in the Borough for an automatic fire alarm reported to be a central sprinkler riser activation. Ladder 95 arrived under the command of Assistant 95-1 at 1814 hours and the crew was sent to investigate followed shortly after by Engine 95 and Engine 95-1. Plant personnel were met inside reporting unknown reason for the activation. Lt. 95-3 on the interior crew recognized a large amount of water running from a room in the rear of the structure and upon checking determined there was a partial structural collapse which damaged some sprinkler piping and rupturing the lines. The interior crew split with Lt 95-3 accessing the rear of the structure on the Charlie side for further investigation. After gaining access to the roof through locked fencing a large portion of heavy timber roof approximately 15’ wide by 30’ long had failed and collapsed into the building. It appears that poor drainage on the almost flat roof accumulated a water load from severe rain storms that had moved through the area earlier. The concern was a large exhaust machine and stack on the same roof immediately adjacent to the roof collapse. Crews wanted to assure that the support columns went through the remaining roof and to solid ground on the interior. Once that was determined to be positive the focus was now if any other utilities were damaged or threatened by the collapse.
During this time Rescue 95 was dispatched to assist Company 19, Earl Township Fire, at a motor vehicle accident unknown injuries but were recalled before response. That crew was requested to standby at station in the event Collapse 95 was required. The crews under the direction of Lt. 95-3 continued investigating the severity of the collapse and Assistant 95-1 along with the property Manager met the crews interior to discuss if any assistance would be necessary. After determining that the potential for further collapse was non-existent and that all necessary affected utilities were secured, the Property manager had already called for electricians and maintenance personnel to respond to secure the opening and utilities. The affected sprinkler riser was also shut down and the sprinkler technician was also notified to respond to reroute the damaged pipes to allow the system to be restored.
After a meeting of the Property Manager, Assistant 95-1, and Lt. 95-3 it was determined that the services of the Fire Department would not be required and that the property had sufficient personnel responding to mitigate further damage and the company was placed available at 1842 hours.