Briefly Noted

Firefighters were called to Broad & School streets in Morton on March 14 at 9:30 p.m. for a “building fire with entrapment.” The second dispatch elaborated further with a “House fully involved, unknown if anyone inside. Numerous calls. Now entrapment. Police request FD expedite.” Apparatus from Morton, Swarthmore, Springfield, Holmes and Prospect Park were dispatched. Upon arrival firefighters found a house fully involved — all rooms ablaze — with fire emanating from the rear roof and windows of the structure extending 25 feet into the night sky. Swarthmore dispatched the aerial ladder and a pumper to combat the blaze. The crew of the pumper laid 600’ of water supply hose while Swarthmore firefighters from the aerial ladder attacked the fire with hose lines stretched by other fire departments, laddered the roof and cut ventilation holes. It was shortly discovered that no residents were inside the house. Approximately 12 firefighters from Swarthmore responded to the alarm. Firefighters remained on the scene until they were released at 12:30 a.m. In the above photo, Asst. Chief Rick Lee directs other Swarthmore firefighters at the scene prior to beginning roof operations. Photo by Rich Cresson.

Swarthmore Library Director Amber Osborne (left) and Helen Kate Furness Library Director Jen Stock (right) give the Book It! 5K Walk/Run the thumbs up. Crazy hats are optional fun for participants in the event on Saturday, April 7. Sign up to run, walk, or volunteer at (search Book It), and check for updates at

Matt Robak of Wallingford and Ryan Doherty of Swarthmore recently represented St. John Chrysostom Parish’s 7th and 8th grade CYO team quite well in the Region 30 all-star game.

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