Honesdale Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in a single family home on Niles Pond Road in Dyberry Township at about 1:40 PM on Saturday, March 17, 2007. Originally dispatched as an attached garage fire, on arrival the fire department found the garage on the ground and flames, driven by a strong north wind, pouring from the roof of the single story home.
Well coordinated attacks were made in an effort to extinguish the fire raging in the attic area. While these attacks were eventually successful this did not happen before the roof fell in due to truss failure in the attic area. Fire loss was extensive in the residence.
Honesdale fire department was assisted on the scene by tankers from Seelyville and Prompton and an engine and tanker from Equinunk. Initially tankers shuttled water from the intersection of 191 and Niles Pond Road where HFD Alert 2 had set up a fill site. Eventually a supply line was placed in operation from a pond about 200 yards north of the structure by Equinunk FC.
Firefighters were hampered in their efforts by snow choked roads, high winds and frozen water sources. Despite these difficulties those attacking the fire never ran out of water. Seelyville FD also assisted by providing additional coverage for Honesdale during the blaze. All units were back in service by 6:00 P.M. There were no injuries.
More than 30 volunteers from all participating departments worked to extinguish the blaze.
All photos were taken during the overhaul phase of fire operations. The first photo was taken from the northeast corner of the attached garage looking at the entire structure.