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Basement Fire in West Ambler Brought Under Control Quickly

Firefighters from several companies reported to an electrical fire in the basement of a home in the West ambler section of Whitpain.

Firefighters from Centre Square, Wissahickon and Flourtown fire companies responded to a home at 314 Maple Street in the West Ambler section of Whitpain Township at 10:02 p.m. on Tuesday night, Feb. 12, for a report of a building fire.

The homeowners called 911 because they smelled smoke in the basement. On the scene, smoke could reportedly be seen showing from the basement of the home. Firefighters were able to secure electricity to the home through the breaker panel and brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes.

Fire Chief Lee Miller told Patch the fire appeared to be electrical in nature originating in the basement, but the investigation is still ongoing.

The homeowners told authorities they had smelled smoke coming from the basement earlier in the day, but could not locate the source. The fire had appeared to have been burning for some time and had burned clear through the floor joists into the first floor. No one was reported injured in the incident.

Authorities are awaiting the fire marshal's inspection of the home to determine if the homeowners can return tonight.

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Anita Pieri February 18, 2013 at 02:22 PM
There is no such thing as a West Ambler section called Whitpain! There is no West Ambler. There is however Whitpain, where this incident took place. If you are reporting a news story, try and be accurate.

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