Three Cumberland County firefighters injured in a Buchanan Valley building fire are recovering after a concrete wall fell on them Sunday morning.
The firefighters from Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose Companies answered the 1 a.m. call to a garage fire near the Piney Apple Golf Course in Mendallen Township, according to reports. Buchanan Valley Fire Department’s chief was first on the scene, finding a multi-bay cinderblock garage in flames with exposure issues.
Buchanan Engine Tanker 27 with four firefighters arrived and stretched a line protecting the house and initiating fire attack. Rescue Engine 27, also with four on board, arrived shortly after, suppling the LDH while sending its manpower to the scene.
Buchanan Valley Fire Company firefighters were already on the scene and fighting the fire when Shippensburg’s engine and tanker arrived. The Shippensburg firefighters quickly relieved Adams County firefighters. The firefighters were removing the metal roof when the area over one of the bay doors collapsed inward.
The falling debris trapped two firefighters from Vigilant Hose and one from Cumberland Valley Hose and Rescue. A mayday went out as other firefighters scrambled to reach their fallen comrades, rescuing them quickly.
One of the rescued firefighters evaluated at the scene was uninjured. The other two injured firefighters were taken to a nearby trauma center for treatment. First responders reported one was awake, alert, and oriented during transport.
Firefighters remained on the scene for hours. The Irishtown Fire Department covered the Buchanan Valley during this period.