At 2130 hours on Thursday April 28, Eastern Berks Fire Department and Bally Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with fire on Robin Hill Road in Washington Township, Berks County. Rescue Captain Todd Soffa arrived and reported a vehicle on its side and well involved with fire and the occupant out of the wreckage.
Engine 97-3 arrived and went in service with 2 foam lines, while being supplied by Tanker 97-2. The fire was knocked down within minutes. It was the second vehicle fire that week which involved the flammable metal - magnesium. Such fires cannot be extinguished with water alone, but have to be smothered with foam or an extinguishing chemical called "Purple K"
Eastern Berks units remained on scene until PSP released the vehicle to the local tow company. Eastern Berks units on scene Engine 97-3, Tankers 97-2 & 3, Rescue 97 & Attack 97