Kensington Heights fire started in kitchen

Kensington Heights fire

A grease fire in the kitchen of a Kensington Heights townhouse spread quickly early Friday morning, engulfing the entire first floor by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. The home’s occupant managed to escape uninjured, however.

Firefighters from eight local fire companies battled the fire on Eton Court, confining it to just the end unit where it started.

The call that came in just before midnight was in Franklin Volunteer Fire Company‘s first due area; and all four Franklin fire chiefs responded immediately. Franklin County’s 911 dispatch center described it as a grease fire that had got out of control and spread through the kitchen.

Assistant Chief Dave Olson arrived as the call was still being dispatched, finding a two-story wood frame townhouse with flames showing on the first floor. He assumed “fire attack” position while Chief Mark Trace established a command post.

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Firefighters entered through the front door, only to find the entire first floor engulfed in flames.

As more firefighters arrived they started throwing ladders to reach the upper floor and roof to begin ventalation. Meanwhile, the engine crew put water on the fire.

Engine 45 and Tanker 13 arrived with additional water supplies. Firefighter searched the townhouse to make sure no one else was inside. The searches proved negative. The home’s occupant had already escaped and was checked out by emergency medical personnel.

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Damage kept to one townhouse

Firefighters managed to confine the damage to the single end townhouse where it began. Crews were on the scene for two hours, and then went back later in the morning to check for hot spots.

The first floor had heave fire damage. The second floor had smoke and heat damage.

The following fire companies sent firefighters and equipment to the svene:

  • Franklin Fire Company;
  • Letterkenny Fire Department
  • Chambersburg Fire Department
  • St Thomas Volunteer Fire Company
  • New Franklin Volunteer Fire Company
  • Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Company
  • Marion Volunteer Fire Company
  • Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peters and Warren (MMPW) Volunteer Fire Company
  • Franklin County Air Unit

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Afternoon vehicle crash

Kensington Heights fire
Two vehicles crashed Friday afternoon on Lincoln Way East at the onramp og Interstate 81. (Photo courtesy Franklin Fire Company)

It is fairly normal to see multiple calls for most area fire companies most days. That’s because the community’s first responders usually wear many hats, or at least have multiple skills.

Friday was no exception for the Franklins; who were called to a crash scene on Lincoln Way East at I-81 for a reported auto crash.

Franklin’s first responders rushed back out at 1:15 p.m. for a two-vehicle crash in Guilford Township. Deputy Chief Travis Miller and his first responders found two vehicles damaged and one person injured as a result of the crash at the northbound onramp entrance of I-81.

The company’s squad handled fluid cleanup and debris removal. Emergency medical personnel took care of transporting tge patient.

Fire police directed traffic at the scene while the vehicles were towed and Pennsylvania State Police finished their investigation.

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