Heat wave: 9 York County firefighters treated for heat exhaustion, 6 taken to hospital
Tankers gather water as emergency crews respond to a fully-involved house fire in Conewago Township Saturday, July 20. Dawn J. Sagert, 717-505-5449/@DispatchDawn
Nine firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, and six were transported to a hospital for medical treatment while helping fight a three-alarm structure fire in Conewago Township on Saturday during a heat wave.
The house fire in the 900 block of Green Springs Road was reported about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, and crews didn’t leave the scene until about 7:40 p.m., according to a Strinestown Community Fire Co. Facebook post. A York County 911 supervisor said no one was home at the time of the fire.
About 15 other departments assisted Strinestown firefighters, according to the company.
All of the firefighters who were treated for heat exhaustion, including those taken to a hospital, had been released and were home recovering by the time the fire was out, Strinestown noted in its Facebook post.
The company thanked Yoe Fire Co. for manning Strinestown’s station during the Green Springs Road fire.
It also stated, “the support from the community dropping off water was greatly appreciated. Thank you to mission BBQ, rocket pizza and Allen’s eatery’s for the generous food donations.”
Strinestown Community Fire Co. later posted a photo to Facebook showing stacks of bottled water, Gatorade and other drinks that had been dropped off at their station while they were at the scene.
The firefighters weren't the only ones sweltering.
This weekend, a heat wave swept over the East Coast — including York County — that caused temperatures to rise to the upper 90s and even break an area record.
In the Harrisburg area, a record-high low temperature was set Saturday, July 20.
Matt Steinbugl, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the temperature overnight "stayed very high" at 79 degrees, breaking a previous highest low of 76, which was set in 2015.
Though that was the only record set over the weekend, Steinbugl said temperatures came close to breaking past years' records, with most temperatures staying in the mid- to upper 90s.
Steinbugl said Sunday, July 21, would be the last day of the "dangerous heat wave."
"After (Sunday), temperatures will fall back into the mid-80s, with showers and thunderstorms," he said. "The real push of cooler and less humid air arrives on Tuesday."
York County spokesman Mark Walters said a few people were transported to hospitals for "heat-related issues."
To help combat the heat, York County set up several cooling stations for residents.
Despite the sweltering heat, Walters said cooling station visitation has been low.
"I'd like to think it's due to a lack of need," he said. "But can't be certain it wasn't due to a lack of awareness."
— Staff writer Lindsay C. VanAsdalan contributed to this report.