Merion Station, Lower Merion Township, PA —The first call came in at 3:37 PM this afternoon to the County’s 911 Center by a passerby. On the 500 block of Waldron Terrace, A house is on fire, reported the person.

The first firefighters on the scene encountered heavy fire on the second floor of the home along with thick black smoke billowing from the rooftop.  The call went out, and soon fire trucks from across Lower Merion Township were converging on 509 Waldron Terrace. The stubborn fire engulfed much of the second floor and the roof of the home.

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Firefighters from Gladwyne working on the second floor as the fire is controlled.



The home appeared as if it might be undergoing renovations.  The house was not occupied when the fire was discovered.

The paramedics from Narberth Ambulance were dispatched to the scene to standby and assist with any injuries.  

A Little pink child's Fire Chief Plastic helmet on Picnic tables behind firefighters working on the home


One of the first arriving trucks on the scene was forced to drop a 5-inch water supply line from their hose bed atop of the truck.  That 5-inch around rubber fire hose zigzagged up Merion Road where it turned right and went up Waldron Terrace. The hose was attached to the water hydrant at Merion Road and Montgomery Avenue forcing Lower Merion Police officers to stand by as the hose line forced the closure of the curbside lane on Montgomery Avenue at Merion Road.  

The fire still burns in the attic while an Ardmore firefighter stands on roof nearby


Chas McGarvey, Lower Merion’s Chief Fire Officer, placed the fire under control at 4:03 PM.

Fire officials reported that it was too early to be able to figure out the cause,  Damage estimates were not available.


An Ardmore Firefighter inspecting the roof


Firefighters from the six Lower Merion Fire stations worked to fight the blaze.  With all six fire companies having trucks on the scene a line of fire trucks snaked their way up Merion Road resembling a parade.

Unknown Ardmore Firefighter passes by the 2nd-floor window. A lump of fiberglass insulation on shoulder


Firefighters from neighboring Haverford Township and Upper Merion were called in to standby at Lower Merion Fire Stations and cover any other fire calls within  Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough.

There were no injuries reported.

The last fire department unit left the scene at 6:10 PM.