Man saves families from Bridgeton house fire; boat warehouse fire deemed accidental

County fire investigators have determined that two separate fires in upper Bucks County Sunday morning were accidental.

Firefighters were dispatched to a 2.5-story duplex on Firehouse Lane in Bridgeton, across the street from the Upper Black Eddy Fire Co., shortly before 7 a.m.

Bucks County Assistant Fire Marshal Kevin Flanagan said if not for the fast action from a man who saw smoke coming from the building, the occupants might not have made it out alive.

“He actually saved their life by alerting them,” Flanagan said. “He knocked on the doors of both houses. By the time he woke them up the whole back of the house was on fire.”

Flanagan was unable to provide the man’s name Monday but said authorities hope to officially commend his efforts in the near future.

Two families were displaced by the fire but no one was injured.

“Firefighters got there quick and put a good stop on the building but there was significant damage,” he added.

The accidental fire was attributed to electrical wiring.

Assisting firefighters from Upper Black Eddy were firefighters from Delaware Valley and Ottsville fire companies.

Later that morning, firefighters from Richland Township Fire Rescue responded to Highway Marine, a boat sales and repair business, in the 800 block of North West End Boulevard after multiple calls from motorists reporting heavy smoke coming from one of the buildings.

Flanagan said the initial dispatch call was at 10:36 a.m.

“Fire started in the shop area at an actual boat,” he said. “There was substantial damage, mostly from smoke, to the whole building.”

According to Flanagan, the fire started accidentally, likely from the battery component inside the boat.

“We feel like that could have been the ignition source,” he said, adding that the insurance company will have the boat transported to a lab for additional testing.

No one was injured and no one was in the building at the time of the fire, Flanagan said.

Firefighters from other nearby departments assisted at the scene.

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