COLLEGEVILLE PA – Western Montgomery County firefighters fulfilled their promises to area children Saturday (Dec. 16, 2017), and escorted Santa Claus on their engines and other trucks through its townships and boroughs, even though several were exhausted from responding only hours before to a two-alarm fire in Upper Providence Township.
The fire broke out Saturday morning at 5 a.m. at a home in the 500 block of Tawneyberry Lane (at top and below). First responders initially were warned to expect a roof fire, according to reports, but as they arrived they discovered flames shooting skyward from its second floor. Among those battling the blaze were members of the Collegeville and Trappe fire companies. County dispatchers issued a second alarm for more help.
All of the home’s occupants were said to have escaped without injury, and no injuries were reported among responders. Firefighters extinguished the flames and returned to their stations three hours later, at about 8 a.m., according to a post on the Collegeville company Facebook page. A cause of the fire has yet to be announced.
Despite their long period of exertion and effort, both the Collegeville and Trappe companies then hit the road with Santa, just as earlier scheduled. Well, not quite “just as.” Anxious kids along the trucks’ routes endured a slight but understandable wait.
“Hey folks, we’re sorry for the delay in getting Santa out to you,” the Trappe company shouted on Facebook. “We’re loading up the fire trucks, now and we will be out on the road momentarily! Thanks for understanding!”
In Collegeville, where “many of the members were cleaning up after the fire, others began to coordinate our annual Santa Run with the Collegeville Borough Police Department,” its company said. “Santa and his elves were split amongst the Squad, Rescue and Engine to deliver presents throughout the Borough … We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding with our late start this morning, as well as a thank you to the members of Lower Frederick Fire Company for helping get us back in service.”
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