House Fire in Riverdale Heights Brings Tower and Engine Company: 6429 Auburn Ave
Just before midnight on Thursday night, Tower Ladder 33 was alerted to the 6400 block of Auburn ave in Riverdale Heights (Company 13’s area), as the third due special service. As units were responding, PSCC advised incoming companies that they were receiving numerous calls and addresses for a house on fire, and possibly one trapped inside. Engine Company 28 arrived first to find a two story home, “fully involved” in fire. Tower 33 arrived as dispatch, shortly behind the second arriving truck, and per the new PG General Order 6-1 took a search & rescue function. The Tower split into two teams, with one team searching the first floor and a second team searching the second floor, quickly confirming that no one was trapped inside the house. Engine Company 33 responded as the Working Fire Dispatch engine and stood fast with a line outside, ready to be deployed as necessary. Tower 33 assisted with overhaul and returned to service within 2 hours.