The Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association responded to a mutual aid call to assist Springfield, South Media, and Garden City fire departments with a tractor-trailer fire last Friday night which shut down Interstate 476. Department Chief Engineer Rich Cresson reported that the call came in at 10:40 p.m. for a “fully involved” 18-wheeler on the shoulder of I-476 northbound just before the on ramp at exit 3. “The driver of the tractor-trailer discovered a fire in the rear of the trailer, pulled onto the shoulder and disconnected the tractor from the trailer in order to save the tractor. Apparatus of Garden City FD were successful in knocking down the majority of the fire with tank water, allowing apparatus from Springfield FD to lay 1,200 feet of 5” water supply hose from Baltimore Pike and Paper Mill Road.” The contents (packages of crackers!) continued to smolder until units from Prospect Park and Media fire departments arrived with special apparatus: booms fitted with a penetrator tip to pierce the trailer body, and a solid stream nozzle to dislodge and extinguish the flaming crackers. The cause of the fire is under investigation, though Cresson said the brakes on semi-trailers often catch fire, igniting the adjacent tires and creating a blaze which is extremely difficult to extinguish. Fire engines from Swarthmore were released from the scene about 1 a.m., returning to the firehouse to clean and repack hose for the next call. Firefighters returned to their homes at 2 a.m. Photo by Joe Bourgeois
Gabi Weisfeld and her friend, Ethan Weber, displayed their sculptures at a juried art show at Elizabethtown College. The event was held last April 4. Gabi and Ethan are both graduates of Strath Haven High School. Gabi’s proud parents are Arthur Weisfeld and Virginia Brabender of Swarthmore.
Hobbs Hosts SHMS Artists in May. Seek inspiration with your caffeination: selected artists from Strath Haven Middle School will display their work in a variety of media during May at Hobbs Coffee, 1 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. The art show is free, and the coffee, delicious.
Fifth graders Marin Horwitz (left) and Jillian Thomas of Swarthmore-Rutledge School built “Casa de la Paz” in the recent Habitat for Humanity ”build a dream house” competition at Church Farm School.