Pre-Fire Plan, Aid Speed Lumberyard Knockdown

Issue 3 and Volume 130.

Pre-Fire Plan, Aid Speed Lumberyard Knockdown features Many lumberyard fires become conflagrations due to the nature of the materials on the premises. Pre-fire planning, coordination and a well-designed mutual aid system contributed to the rapid knockdown and control of a lumberyard fire in Cheltenham Township, Pa. Cheltenham is a highly populated township bordered on two sides by Philadelphia. On August 20, two of the township’s five volunteer fire companies responded to the Glenside Lumber and Coal Co. on West Mount Carmel Avenue. A fire had been reported to Cheltenham Police/Fire Headquarters by the assistant manager of the lumberyard and coal operation. It was later learned that there had been a delay in turning in the alarm. Apparently, Glenside Lumber and Coal Co. employees noticed smoke at the far end of the lumberyard. Thinking nothing of it, they went about their work. As the smoke intensified, workers ran to the office…

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