Resident Rescued In Bensalem House Fire

UPDATE MARCH 17,2023 12:45 PM.

Authorities have released the identity of the resident of the house as  Thomas Risich. He was airlifted to Jefferson Hospital where he is in critical condition.  The cause has preliminarily been linked to a faulty space heater in the living room, according to  Battalion Chief Rob Sponheimer, who is the lead investigator into the cause of this fire. 

Original story is below.


by Alex Lloyd Gross

March 17, 2023


Bensalem Township firefighters rescued a male that was trapped in a dwelling that was on fire.late last night.  It was about 11:50 PM when firefighters arrived at a corner house on Kings Lane and Clinton Street.  Heavy smoke was showing from the roof of the house and there was an elderly person in a wheelchair that could not get out.

Within a few minutes, firefighters were able to rescue the resident and they were transported  to a local hospital, in unknown condition.  Within a few minutes of this happening, fire was found to be in the basement of the house. The fire flashed over  and luckily, no injuries were reported to any firefighters, according to firefighters at the scene.



Kings Lane is a dead end street,  so apparatus placement was at a premium.   The cause of the fire is still being investigated.  Kevin Dippolito, the Fire Marshal from Bristol Township was called in to help with the investigation.

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