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LPFD Battled Saturday Night Blaze, Now Under Suspicion with LPPD

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Many heard the sirens. Some residents reported the odor of a fire. But shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, LP TAP reported that several first responders were called to the scene of Hildebidle Drive, a Collegeville road located in Lower Providence Township.

The fire now is reportedly under suspicion.

According to the Lower Providence Township Police Department Chief Francis Bud Carroll, said the department will be investigating the incident.

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On Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 7:32 P.M., the Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Company, LPPD, Lower Providence Emergency Medical Services, Trappe Emergency Medical Services, the Collegeville Fire Company, the Trappe Fire Company, the Skippack Fire Company, and the Jefferson Fire Company responded to an automatic fire alarm at a residence in the 1000 block of Hildebidle Drive in the Collegeville section of Lower Providence Township, according to reports.

“The initial arriving emergency units found a confirmed structure fire of a single residential dwelling and fire suppression operations were initiated,” said Carroll. “There were no occupants in the house at the time of the fire.”

Thanks to the quick work of responders, the blaze was quickly extinguished.

“The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries,” said Carroll. “The residence was rendered uninhabitable by the fire.”

Responders were not sure what started the fire.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire, which appears to be suspicious, was initiated by the Lower Providence Township Police Department, the Lower Providence Fire Marshal, the Montgomery County Detective Bureau and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal,” said Carroll in a release.

The LPFD reported that its station, Station 53, confirmed the reports.

“AC 53 arrived and began a 360-size up of the residence,” said a recent Facebook post by the fire department. “During his [Corbin] size up, he noticed blackened windows and light smoke showing from the D side of the building.”

Noticing the extent of the fire, the unit asked for Station 34 (Collegeville) and Rescue 86 for assistance. A four-man crew aboard Engine 53 began fighting the blaze first.

“[The firemen] deployed an 1 ¾-inch attack line to the D side of the structure,” said the post by LPFD. “Tower 53’s crew deployed ground ladders and pulled a back-up hose line.”

Those involved entered the residence to extinguish visible flames and also ventilated the residence, according to LPFD staff.

“Crews remained on scene while the investigation was conducted and completed overhaul when the investigators were finished,” said the post. “Great work was done by all companies involved.

The LPFD thanked the assistance of stand-by companies Ladder 27 and Squad 48, along with multiple-aid companies, such as Collegeville, Skippack, Trappe, Jeffersonville, Trappe EMS and LP EMS in its post.

The investigation will continue with LPPD and the help of county investigators. LP TAP will publish more information as it is made available. 

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