The SPCA on Ridge Pike right down from Panera had a fire overnight. All together ten fire companies responded. No humans or animals were injuries. Here is the initial report from the Barren Hill Fire Company that was posted to the fire company’s Facebook page:
In the early morning hours of January 7th, 2017, the Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Spring Mill Fire Company and additional mutual aide resources were dispatched to the Conshohocken SPCA, 19 Ridge Pike, Whitemarsh Township for a reported building fire. Chief 29 arrived on location with a medium smoke condition in the rear of the building. Engine Company crews arrived on location and made an aggressive interior attack, locating and extinguishing the fire while ladder companies assisted with ventilation and the removal of numerous dogs and cats from the building.
NO firefighter injuries are reported.
NO animal injuries are reported and all dogs and cats were safely evacuated from the building and transferred to other SPCA facilities in Abington and Perkiomenville.
On a night where temperatures dipped below the freezing mark, challenges beyond the actual control of the fire were evident. Thanks to our Volunteers from Whitemarsh Township, the Volunteers from our Mutual Aide Companies and other support resources for a job well done!
Barren Hill Fire Company
Spring Mill Fire Company
Harmonville Fire Company No.1
Plymouth Fire Company No. 1 (Montco 43)
Conshohocken Fire Company No. 2
Washington Fire Company
Wissahickon Fire Company
Flourtown Fire Company
Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company (MONTCO 49)
According to a report on Philly.com the fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. by an employee who was inside the building and that the fire started in the back of the building, potentially in the crematorium area.