Fire Claims SIx Homes on 2nd Avenue
By RFD Watchdesk
March 20, 2024

Wednesday evening at 5:46pm the Royersford Fire Department and mutual aid agencies were dispatched to the 200 block of 2nd Avenue. Royersford Borough Police were on patrol and noted smoke coming from the residences and immediately took action requesting the fire department be dispatched while also beginning to check and evacuate the involved residences. Ladder 98 arrived on location 4 minutes after dispatch with Engine 98, Liberty Fire Company Ladder 63 & UPDFES Engine 68 all arriving within 7 minutes of dispatch. Crews battled fully engulfed fire conditions in multiple units along with strong winds dropping temperatures below freezing. Approximately 100 responders from a dozen agencies took 3.5 hours to bring the situation under control. A full list of agencies and units is below according to the MCDPS report from the incident.

Thankfully despite a rapidly intensifying situation no injuries were reported to occupants or responders although several pets did perish.

Special thank you to Lost Planet Brewing who provided dinner for the crew of Ladder 83 from Worcester while they stood by in our station providing coverage to the area. We can't think of a better welcome to the Borough than a warm meal and a thank you for covering the area while crews operated just blocks away.

Last but certainly not least thank you to the amazing Spring-Ford Community for rallying around these families and our responders. You are truly what makes this community the best and we cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of support during the incident and the hours following.

*Many of the photos included below were taken from various social media outlets. Thank you to those who shared them.

Units: Chief 98, FM86, Ladder 98, Engine 98, Utility 98, Chief 325, LT325, MICU 325-63, MICU 83-4
Mutual Aid: Liberty Fire Company: Ladder 63, Engine 63, Rescue 63 -- Upper Providence DFES: Engine 68 -- Limerick Fire Department: Engine 51, Ladder 51, Tower 51, Special Service 51, Traffic 51-2 -- Black Rock Vol. Fire Company: Engine 68-1, Utility 68-1 -- Trappe Fire Company: Engine 68-2, Ladder 68-2, Tac 68-2, Traffic 68-2 -- Collegeville Fire Company: Engine 34, Utility 34 -- Ridge Fire Company: Engine 62-5 -- Phoenixville Fire Department: Ladder 65 -- Kimberton Fire Company: Tower 61 -- Jefferson Fire Company: Air 46 -- New Hanover Township Fire Company: Engine 37 -- Skippack Fire Company: Squad 86, Special Service 86 -- North Penn Goodwill Service: Special Service 41-7, Special Service 41-8 -- Worcester Fire Company: Ladder 83 (relocated to RFD) -- Montgomery County Department of Emergency Services Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal -- Royersford Borough Police Department -- Upper Providence Township Police Department -- Limerick Township Police Department -- Royersford Borough Mayor Alex Metricarti & Borough Council -- Royersford Borough Public Works -- Royersford Borough Office of Emergency Management -- American Red Cross -- The Spring-Ford Community <3

Tony March 23, 2024 at 8:07 PM
First, thanks to the Firefighters and EMS whose brave efforts brought the fire under control. I know I am asking a question on everyone's mind: Is there any indication on where the blaze initiated?
I hope all whose lives were touched by this fire are able to start to return to their normal day-to-day regime ASAP. It's reassuring that the Spring Ford rose so quickly to provide support the familes impacted by this fire.

Royersford Fire Department March 23, 2024 at 8:28 PM
Hi Tony -

The investigation is being handled by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal unit therefore RFD would not have that information.