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Man Rescued from Roof of Woodland Ave. Fire

Neighbors propped up a ladder to give the tenant an exit path.

Malvern Fire Company responded within four minutes to a basement fire on the 200 block of Woodland Avenue on Monday morning, but neighbors responded sooner.

"[The tenant] was asleep on the second floor when the smoke detector went off. The house was full of smoke," Malvern Fire Company Chief Neil Vaughn.

The tenant climbed through a window and onto the roof to escape the smoke. As firefighters arrived to the scene, they saw the man climbing down a ladder that neighbors had propped up to give him an escape.

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Two people went to the hospital with minor injuries. The homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation, and a Paoli Fire Company member cut his hand during the response.

The call came in at 5:49 a.m. and was declared under control by 6:21 a.m. The cause is under investigation but appears to be unintentional, according to Vaughn.

"Luckily, the basement door was shut," Vaughn said.

Malvern Fire Company was assisted by fire companies from East Whiteland, Paoli, Berwyn, Lionville and Good Will in West Chester. 

Edited 1pm to include list of assisting fire companies.

Jenn McMahon December 17, 2012 at 05:13 PM
very scary to wake up in the wee hours to lights and sirens all around you! But as usual stellar job to our very own police and fire fighters!!!!! I watched the whole thing unfold from my Channing ave home. To the homeowners, I am sorry for your loss! !I am thankful that everyone got out safe!
Jim McVeigh December 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Kudos to all the Volunteer Fire personell, police force and especially the neighbors who acted to help the home owner. To the home owner, my family and I are sorry for your loss. It is our wish that your situation can be squared away with enough time to enjoy the upcoming holidays. Jim and Terry McVeigh
Pete Kennedy December 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Malvern Fire Company has uploaded some photos and information about the fire—http://www.malvernfireco.com/fullstory.php?id=552. Turns out one of the neighbors (with the Christmas countdown clock, I believe) is no stranger to fire response: "As Ladder 4 was laying the line, neighbors including Paoli Fire Police Captain Kenny Furlong and Malvern PD utilized a ladder to rescue the lone ocupant off the roof."
Susan December 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM
A thank you to the quick-thinking neighbors that came together at this time of need and to the Fire, police and rescue personnel. THank goodness everyone is safe.
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