Monday March 2, 2015 The Willow Grove Fire Company responded to a reported building fire at Trico Sheet Metal on Wyandotte Road. An employee in a neighboring building called 911 to report the fire at 5:20 p.m. There were many factors against emergency responders from the beginning, limited access road, and limited access to position apparatus due to proximity of exposure building, the PA Turnpike, high voltage lines and a collapse zone due to multiple explosions. From the initial alarm until the termination of the event which went for 5 alarms we relied on and worked with the members of station 10 and our mutual aid partners. On behalf of the Fire Company and Citizens of Upper Moreland Thank you for the support we received. Many people (way too many to list) stepped up to support our operations, all of the responders families that did not have them home with them. Those that travelled from afar to lands not know to them. The Team that it took to manage this operation required people to fill roles that were vital to the mission.
The first arriving units arrived to find the building heavily involved in flames and quickly escalated the call to three alarms. There were explosions from compressed gas canisters in the building and a partial collapse. Firefighters began defensive operations and prevented the fire from spreading to a nearby neighboring building that contained flammable materials for an insulation business. Their efforts were hampered by limited access to water and icing caused by falling temperatures.
With all of those factors the fire was held to the building of origin, there were no firefighter or civilian injuries.