On the afternoon of February 15, shortly after 2 PM, Montgomery County Radio received numerous 911 calls for smoke and fire coming from a condo unit in Trent Manor. Fire apparatus from Jefferson (46) and Lower Providence (53) were first on the scene with heavy fire showing. Because of the extent of fire upon arrival, fire units focused initially on saving neighboring exposures and preventing the fire from consuming the entire row of condos. Additional fire units from Norriton (61), Norristown (27), and King of Prussia (47) were also dispatched to the scene to assist. Plymouth Ambulance (308) and West Norriton PD were also on the scene initially. As the companies worked to get the fire under control, it was determined that there was most likely someone in the structure at the time of the fire. As a result, Montgomery County Detectives and the State Police Fire Marshal were also requested to the scene for an investigation. One person and several dogs were killed in the blaze. Fire units did not clear the scene until approximately 9PM.
With the seemingly never ending snow piling higher and higher this winter, we would like to remind residents that it is a good idea to adopt the hydrant closest to your home and dig it out after big snows. Taking the extra time to do this labor could save your home or your neighbor’s home in the event of a fire. Digging out a three foot area around the hydrant gives firefighters enough room to work with the hydrant should we need it during firefighting operations.
The 2010 Toys for Kids collection was a big success. $4200 in donations were collected. The West Norriton Wal-Mart gave a 10% discount on all the toys purchased at their store. Toys were purchased for six needy families and three local shelters, including the local Salvation Army.