Lehigh County

Firefighters douse small house fire in North Whitehall, PA. Monday evening injuring 1 firefighter

September 01, 2015 at 8:24AM

Lehigh County Fire Radio dispatched Engines 9, 16, Tanker 9 and 16 to the house next to 2243 Red Hill Road for a house fire at 21:47. The initial 9-1-1 caller can see flames inside the house. Chief 16-01 arrives at 21:54 and preliminary reports smoke showing from a two-story single-family-dwelling (S/F/D). At 21:55 command signals a working house fire requesting 3 additional tankers be added to the 1st alarm assignment. Tankers 6, 12 and 26 were added to the box at 21:57.

Ladder 16-31 arrives first and stretches two hand lines to the oddly configured house. One line goes through the second-floor window (street level) and the second line goes in through a door on the lower level. The second floor of the structure is at street level and the 1st floor is below street level. You can actually walk onto the roof of the 1st story directly from the street.

At 22:15, command special-called two additional Engines on the box. Lehigh County sent Engines 12 and 24.

The interior crews made a quick hit on the fire darkening down the bulk of the fire in 20 minutes. The fire was under control 45 minutes later. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. Rehab Unit 66 was dispatched at 22:11 for the exhausted firefighters.

EMS 67-93 was also on the scene.

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Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Allentown

One civilian rescued from house fire on Allen Street

August 20, 2015 at 8:45PM

One civilian rescued from house fire on Allen Street

At 19:48 Allentown Comm Center transmitted box 2561 for 12th and Allen Streets for a reported house fire at 1137 Allen Street putting Engines 9, 4, 6, 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 on the ticket.

Battalion 43 arrives on location reporting a 2-story M/O/R with smoke showing from the roof and front of the building. Engine 9 has reports of people trapped and goes to the 2nd floor where a victim is found. The Battalion chief orders an EMS rig to the scene forthwith.

Engine 6 brings a water supply in from the nearest hydrant. Engine 9 stretches a hand line to the basement and darkens down the fire as they progress down the interior stairwell. Crews in the basement were having difficulty locating the seat of the fire because the initial hose crew probably knocked the fire on the way down the stairs. With fire showing from the basement windows in the front of the fire building, Battalion 43 radio's interior crews of the fire. Engine 9 members make their way to the front of the basement where they find the seat of the fire.

A second hand line is stretched as a precautionary line. The Battalion Chief signals an extra engine company to the scene for manpower. The victim was aided by EMS and transported Class 3 to Saint Lukes Hospital.

Engine 14 was dispatched to the address for fire watch.


Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

City of Allentown

Junk yard building burns on East Side

August 10, 2015 at 9:49PM

At 13:40 hours Monday afternoon, Engines 13, 6, 9, 4, Truck 2 and Battalion 43 filled out box 3615 for 1510 East Jonathan Street on a structural fire. Engine 13 turns out of their station on Irving Street and report smoke showing. Secondary reports from Comm Center say a car was on fire in the building and now the building is involved. Engine 13 arrives and reports a working fire at the Harry's U-Pull-it junk yard.

Tower Ladder 2 positions inside the gate of the entrance and goes in-service with that water tower. Multiple hand lines are also used to control the blaze. Battalion 43 special-calls Engine 10 for an additional engine company.

The fire is darkened down in 45 minutes. Crews remain on scene for hours after watering down the hot spots.

First two photos by Dan Stiff. Video and other photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    Structure Fire  

Lehigh County

Pick-up Truck under Tractor-Trailer traps driver on Route 100 for an extended period of time

August 01, 2015 at 5:43PM

Pick-up Truck under Tractor-Trailer traps driver on Route 100 for an extended period of time

Around 10:40 AM Saturday morning, Wesosville Rescue 30, Engine 30 and EMS 66 get dispatched to the intersection of Route 100 and Quarry Road in Lower Macungie for an auto extrication. Once on scene, crews found a pick-up truck under the trailer portion of the tractor trailer with the driver still inside.

Command requested two additional rescue companies from Trexlertown 25 and Alburtis 1. Rescue crews worked for an hour using tools to cut the driver out of the mangled wreckage.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Lehigh County   Rescue  

Whitehall Township

RAW Video: Man found dead in Lehigh River

July 23, 2015 at 1:44PM

Just after 9:00 AM, Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched Coplay Station 5, Whitehall Dive Team and Northampton Borough Dive Team with boats to the Lehigh River just north of the Cement Kilns in Coplay for a swift water rescue.

Once located, it was determined that the man was D.O.A. and the operation quickly switched from a rescue to a body recovery. Northampton used their boat ramp to launch their boat to gain access to the victim.

Whitehall Police Department and the Coroners office is investigating the death.

Tags:   Water Rescue   Whitehall, PA.  

Whitehall Township

Pre-Arrival Video:  Firefighters respond to this car fire on Mauch Chunk Road

July 22, 2015 at 4:27PM

Wednesday afternoon Whitehall sent Engines 13, 3 and 2 under the command of Deputy 35 (Shambo) to Mauch Chunk and Rural Roads for a car fire.

Deputy Chief Shambo arrived and signaled a working engine compartment fire. First due Engine 13 arrived and stretched two lines for a car that now is nearly fully-involved.

Engine 2 arrived with orders to supply the first-due engine. Engine 13 did experience some pump problems but continued to supply water to the hand lines.

The Fire Marshal's office was notified to investigate the cause of the fire.

Video by correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Whitehall, PA.