07/26/14 | 16:25 | 2ND ALARM | SOUTH WHITEHALL | MAUCH CHUNK ROAD AND STANLEY AVENUE | TRUCK FIRE : : 07/26/14 | 11:00 | CATASAUQUA | 3RD ALARM | 725 CRANE ST | FIRE IN A 2.5-STORY DUPLEX | 5 L/S/O | VIDEO PHOTOS AND STORY COMING SOON....
Just before 23:00 hours, Lehigh County Fire Dispatch sent Station 32 to Rt. 22 Westbouind between 15th Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard for multiple accidents. One accident at mile marker 319 had two people trapped in two separate vehicles.
Chief 32 (Held) special-called an additional rescue to assist Rescue 11-41 and an additional engine from Upper Macungie 56.
A dark colored pick up truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes from Cedar Crest Boulevard causing multiple accidents.
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At 10:58 AM Lehigh County dispatched Catasauqua Station 2 and North Catasauqua Engine 18-11 to 725 Crane Street for a house fire. Dispatchers were receiving numerous calls and radio transmissions from other chief officers in the area that heavy smoke was showing in the vicinity.
The police arrived and confirmed the address was well-involved in fire to the rear of the dwelling.
Engine 211 approached from 3rd Street on Chestnut Street while Engine 18-11 approached from 4th Street on Chestnut Street. Both companies brought their own water supply. Three hand lines were stretched from Engine 211 and two hand lines from Engine 18-11.
Chief 2 didn't waste anytime adding two additional engines and a F.A.S.T. company to the box.
Crews worked fast to darken down the bulk of the fire on the exterior of the building while crews made a push on the interior from the front.
One person was unaccounted for on the second floor in the rear but was found outside as the interior crews made a primary search.
The firefighters were taking a beating from the heat of the fire plus the outside temperatures. Command special-called additional two alarms for manpower to replace worn out firefighters. They had a tough time inside as the fire spread within the walls.
Early stages of the investigation point to a possible cigarette that started a propane tank fire attached to a gas grille against the rear of the house. No injuries were reported.
Friday night Crews from Easton Fire Department were alerted to an apartment building fire in the unit block of North 4th Street in Center City.
Arriving units confirmed the working fire and put all hands to work with fire on the upper floor and roof of the structure. As crews worked to get ahead of the fire which was running the roof crews from Wilson Fire and Palmer Municipal Fire Department were called in to assist at the scene.
Crews worked to open the roof from the outside and also worked the interior of the structure to gain access to the fire. Crews had the fire under control in a couple of hours and would remain on scene late into the night making sure all hot spots were taken care of. The fire is under investigation.
Around 1700 hours Sunday afternoon emergency crews responded to the area of 15th and Butler for a reported shooting in Wilson Borough. Police units from Wilson and Easton arrive on location and find two victims, one in an alley off of 15th Street and the other on Washington Street near 16th.
Both victims were transported to local trauma centers with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arms. Police taped off the area and set up a crime scene talking to any witnesses of this daytime shooting.
Bethlehem Fire Dispatch transmitted the box at 15:!5 for a report of a bedroom on fire at 622 Williams Street sending Engines 3, 1, 6, Ladder 1 and Truck 2. Car 101 radioed to responding companies that he could see heavy smoke from across the river.
Companies arrive and report heavy fire from the second floor of a three-story apartment building and stretched two hand lines, one through the front door and one to the third floor via a ladder to the third floor balcony to stop the fire from extending vertically.
Command struck the 2nd alarm. The bulk of the fire was knocked in 10 minutes. Crews checked for extension and mopped up.
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