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St. 221, 225, 222, 227TK, & 137RIT were alerted for a reported Commercial Structure Fire, structure filling with smoke. 221CHF arriving on scene with heavy smoke banked down across the neighborhood. 221CHF reported a 2 story apartment/boarding house with heavy smoke pushing from side B and several people outside. 1 occupant reported there were people still in the 2nd floor. 221CHF transmitted a Working Fire Dispatch w/ Entrapment and assumned Hilda Command. 221WAG arrived with crews stretching a 1.75 preconnect and making a hydrant connection to the hydrant several doors down. 221SQD arrived and was tasked with search & rescue. 225TK positioned side A/B and crews through 2 ground ladders and assisted the ENG crew on making the push to extinguish the fire. Interior SQD reported 2 occupants located in the hallway on 2nd floor and were assisting them outside thru a side C exit to awaiting EMS units. Interior WAG requested water in the line indicating a good fire in rear bedroom, line was charged but then got caught under a roll off dumpster cutting off flow. A 2nd 1.75 preconnect was stretched in its place. 137RIT arrived and staged on the A side for RIT Ops. 227TK arrived on scene and went to work laddering the rest of the structure, then assisted in the operations on 2nd floor. Utilities were requested to scene. RIT crew also used eforce combi tool off of WAG to lift dumpster off the line and make it operable again. Crews made a fast knock on the fire and checked for extension. 227TK was reassigned to ventilate with ppv fans with 137ENG assisting. 516FM was on scene for investigation and requested the Allg Co FM for the use of the arson dog. All other occupants were moved to a EMS unit to stay warm until they could make arrangements for living. Ventilation was completed and crews went to salvage and mop up. Units began breaking down and returning as they picked up. 221 units remained on scene to assist the investigators.
The Red Cross was requested to assist 2 occupants with housing for the night. EQT Gas, DLCO, WPJWA all had reps on scene. Serve Pro was requested for board up service.