Fire destroys Coudersport residence

Coudersport, Port Allegany, Roulette, Austin and Galeton fire departments responded to a 2.5 story structure fire in Coudersport last Thursday morning.

COUDERSPORT — A structure fire broke out in a residence on Olmstead Road in Eulalia Township around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department requested a full second alarm assignment, bringing Port Allegany, Roulette, Austin and Galeton to the scene. Other departments were requested to cover other districts.

Tanker 48-5 (Coudersport) stretched two 1.75 lines, as Engine 48-1 dropped a 5-inch supply line and crew, and then laid 500 feet to the river for water supply.

Crews from incoming apparatus arrived and immediately assisted with fire suppression, according to a Facebook post made by CVFD Chief, Bryan Phelps, on the department’s page. Assistant Chief 48-30 Tadd Ostroski and Captain 48 Glenn Dunn took charge of interior operations. Tanker 46-5 (Roulette) supplied Tanker 48-5 until the supply line was charged and operational.

Shortly after crews from the Port Allegany Fire Department entered the building, a firefighter fell through the floor. A “mayday” was issued and his fellow crews immediately assisted and removed the firefighter with no injuries.

At 12:14 p.m., CVFD called the fire under control with heavy overhaul in progress; the homeowner was checked by ambulance on scene. At 1:49 p.m., all units had the fire out and lines picked up, returned to station with apparatus needing put back in service.

At 3:30 p.m. all apparatus and equipment was filled, cleaned and readied for the next alarm. The owner was assisted by family, friends and the Red Cross. The residence is insured and the cause of the fire is determined to be accidental in nature.