Palm fire levels two garages, damages third
Firefighters hose down the smouldering remains of two garages and two cars in the rear of a Palm residence which were destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning.
On the coldest morning since last Jan. 24, firefighters from East Greenville Fire Company were called to the rear of 1126 Station Road just before 5 a.m. Wednesday to battle a garage fire.
The flames set off an orange-red glow in the dark sky that could be seen for several miles. The burning structures are located on Stoudt Road, which borders the property on Station Road.
The volunteers, working in the frigid temperature, quickly brought the fire under control and kept it from spreading to other nearby garages and houses.
East Greenville Chief Jason Wilson reported that the 10-degree temperature didn’t hamper the firefighting effort, but once the hose lines were shut down, “ice was definitely an issue.”
According to Montgomery County records the property is owned by Darren Clutter.
Upper Hanover Township Fire Marshal Jeff Ashman is investigating the cause of the fire along with the State Police Fire Marshal. Ashman returned to the scene later Wednesday morning. No damage estimate was available, but Ashman reported that along with heavy damage to two garages and minor damage to a third, two vehicles were also heavily damaged in the fire.
Firefighters and fire police were on the scene for about two hours.
Assisting were units from Hereford Fire Company and an emergency medical service unit from Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance.