By Peter Becker
Structure fires broke out in the Wayne County area this past week, one at a vacant home in Sterling Township, and the other at Palmer & Sons, a business in Texas Township.
The fire in Sterling Township occurred Tuesday night Dec. 4. Greene-Dreher Fire Department was called out at 6:54 p.m. to a location on Sterling Road, Route 196, near Ziegler Road.
Deputy Chief Rich Borer said that the house, which he described as an older home, was fully involved in fire when the fire company arrived. Too late to save the structure, they concentrated on containing and extinguishing the blaze.
They had full response from Hamlin Fire & Rescue, and an engine and tanker from Madisonville. Tankers were also brought in from Lake Ariel, Ledgedale, Gouldsboro and Promised Land. Water was shuttled from a fill site at the Spring Hill Airport.
No one was injured, Borer said. The fire company was on scene till about 9:30 or 10 p.m. He said it was a very hot blaze.
A women who lived there last had passed away and the house was vacant, but Borer said he did know for how long. There was no one at home at the time of the fire. The State Police Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause.
Palmer & Sons
Quick response by firefighters was credited with stopping a blaze at Palmer & Sons, a large truck repair facility on Route 652, Indian Orchard. The fire was reported at around 12:33 a.m., Monday, Dec. 3. The blaze was extinguished in about 15 minutes.
The Wayne Independent reported that a tractor-trailer had caught on fire in one of the bays, according to White Mills Fire Chief Mike Hill. This started sometime after the business had closed.
Hill said that the quick action of firefighters likely saved the business. The blaze was near two 500-gallon fuel tanks, which would have brought disaster if they had ignited.
There was some damage to the buildings and light fixtures, as well as other vehicles in the building. The cab portion of the tractor was completely destroyed, the Chief said.
The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.
Assisting White Mills were fire companies from Beach Lake, Hawley, Honesdale, Lakeville and Welcome Lake. Tankers were also requested from Prompton, Waymart and Forest, but were cancelled before arrival on scene. Firefighters cleared the scene at about 1:30 a.m.