Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

PA Brush Fire Spreads to Office Building

Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire Sunday in Horsham, Pennsylvania, that started as a brush fire and extended to an office building.

The local Patch affiliate ( reported that the early afternoon fire began with burning brush in front of the Blair Mill Apartments and quickly spread to the building, contained seven offices, three of which were unoccupied.

Wind was a significant factor is fire spread, Horsham Fire Company Chief Tim Flanagan told reporters, sending flames to the soffits and then to the structure’s roof.

People inside the building were able to escape without injury, and no firefighters were injured.

The building was reportedly a total loss. The fire’s cause was still under investigation Sunday night.

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For more on wind’s effects on fire behavior, consider Wind-Driven Structure Fires: Adjusting Tactics and Strategies, Wind-Driven Fire Research: Hazards and Tactics and How We Got Burned: Lessons Learned from a Wind-Driven Dwelling Fire.