A fire at the 1100 block of Edgely Avenue Wednesday morning sent four people to the hospital with smoke inhalation and burns. The blaze incinerated the home’s insides before being brought under control by the Edgely Fire Company.
Firefighters responded to the scene in Bristol Township shortly after 5 a.m. to find the first floor and basement in flames. It took an hour for the team of first responders to bring everything under control.
At about 8:30 a.m., neighbors were still looking out their windows towards the house. Restoration services stood outside waiting for an opportunity to assess the situation, but
Edgely Fire Company #1 Ten House Chief Brian Cirard told WBCB the structure of the home played an instrumental role in the fire’s spread. A single wall spanning from the basement to the second floor allowed flames to travel throughout the home quickly.
The home also appeared to have large amounts of clutter inside and around the yard. Bristol Township Fire Marshal Kevin Dippolito said while everyone got out, one person was standing at the backdoor reluctant to leave. The person had burns on their head, face, arms.
Paramedics with the Levittown-Fairless Hills and Penndel-Middletown Rescue Squads transported three victims to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital. Bensalem EMS also stood by to assist.
Dippolito is still investigating the cause of the fire, though he believes it began in a couch in the basement.
The following fire companies responded to the scene:
- Levittown #2
- Third District
- American Hose Hook & Ladder
- Falls Twp. #1.