At 1353 hours the Milton Fire Department was dispatched to Bethany United Methodist Church on the corner of South Front and Center Streets for a Church Fire. Prior to FD being dispatched Milton Police Chief observed smoke in the downtown area and asked dispatched if they received any calls for smoke in the area. Dispatched advised that they received 4. The police Chief then went downtown and found smoke coming from the church and advised to dispatch the fire Department. Lieutenant 1562 then arrived to find smoke showing and the second alarm was requested. Moments later Chief 1502 responded and requested the third alarm be dispatched based off of reports from the scene. Tower and Engine 15 arrived with the Tower lying in from Center and Front. Tower 15 then worked on making entry and getting its ladder pipe into operation. Fire was now showing from the attic area. Mutual aid departments would continue arriving bringing water supplies from 4 additional hydrants and setting up their aerials for ventilation and ladder pipe operations. Approximately 75 firefighters from Milton, Warrior Run, White Deer Twp., Turbot Township, Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, Point Twp., Northumberland, Sunbury, Mahoning Twp., Montgomery, Muncy, Montoursville, and a rehab unit from Kratzerville worked for around 3 hours to bring the fire under control while several mutual aid departments and Company 15 units remained on scene for over 5 hours. Crews worked tirelessly to contain all the fire in the ceiling area of the main sanctuary and keep it from spreading to other parts of the church or any adjacent structures. Units on scene: Tower 15, Truck 2, Tower 3, Truck 73, Truck 542, Ladder 39, Ladder 20, Engine’s 15, 5, 3, 17, 742, 63, Rescue’s 15, 9, 13, 39, Tankers 9, 9-2, Chiefs 1501, 1502, 1503, 901, 902, 903, 203, 302,304, 7-3, 13,1-13, 39, MICU 15, Medic 60, Ambulances 15, 5 Traffic 15, and Milton PD.
Photos by 1562 Jay Mabus, Chief 1501 Stump, and others from the community.
The Milton Fire Department would like to thank KFC Lewisburg, Milton McDonalds, and Lewisburg Dunkin Donuts for their very generous donations of refreshments!! Also the Salvation Army for setting up a rehab station for the responders.