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City of Allentown

All hands go to work on the east side for a well-involved house fire

December 13, 2014 at 1:15AM

All hands go to work on the east side for a well-involved house fire

Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3261 at 23:37 for a reported apartment fire 513 South Austin Street sending Engines 13, 6 (5), 9, 4, Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45.

Engine 4 arrives first-due as they were on the road returning from an EMS run and signaled a working fire in a 3-story M/O/R. Leaving room for the truck company, Engine 13 stayed out on East South Street. Truck 2 positioned behind Engine 4.

Crews stretched two hand lines to the rear of the dwellings to gain access. The way the dwellings were designed, from the front, the first floor is a garage. The actual entrances are on the side or rear of the dwellings where you enter on the second floor. Companies made an aggressive interior attack on both the 2nd and 3rd floors and darken down the bulk of the fire within 25 minutes. A water supply was established from a hydrant just a few feet from the front of Engine 4. Engine 9 positioned on East South Street and Engine 6 (5) positioned on South Bradford Street.

The box was held to the first alarm assignments. Battalion 43 signaled Engine 14 to the scene at 01:14 for fire watch.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Lehigh County

Pre-Arrival Video:  Firefighters battle wind driven fire that rips through Coplay Borough house

December 11, 2014 at 1:50PM

December 10, 2014 at 23:58 Lehigh County Fire Radio transmitted a box for a house fire at 115 North 9th Street in Coplay Borough sending Coplay Station 5 and Whitehall Engines 3 (LC 3831) and Engine 13 (LC 3811).

Caller stated that the house was filling with smoke. Minutes later, police arrive and report a working fire.

Engine 511 arrived with a crew of three and positioned in front of the 1.5-story private dwelling. Whitehall's Engine 3 was ordered to lay a supply line from 9th and Chestnut Streets and supply water to Engine 511. Command struck the 2nd alarm bringing in Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911) and Rescue 5 (LC4041), EMS 62 and Rehab unit 66.

Two lines were stretched from 511. Interior crews had a tough time accessing the fire above the ceiling on the first floor. Eventually the fire broke through the roof and crews backed out. The elevated water stream from Engine 3 was utilized to darken down the fire. Crews then re-entered the dwelling and made another attempt to hit the fire.

At this point, the fire rapidly extended throughout the roof area and crews were ordered back out. The elevated master stream was put back in service along with a hand line and was concentrated on the heavy fire load in the roof and attic.

The bulk of the fire was darkened down in 1 hour and crews remained on scene for several hours hitting hot spots.

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Lehigh County

Pizza shop sustained minor damage in North Whitehall, PA. 2nd alarm fire Tuesday night

December 10, 2014 at 12:52AM

At 21:58 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted a structural fire for 5757 Route 145 at the pizzeria sending Engine 1211, Tanker 1221, Station 16 and Northampton County Engine 4712 and Tanker 4731.

Chief 16-01 signed on the radio responding and was updated by dispatch that two callers were reporting a fire in the fryer and that the fire appears to be out. At 22:03 Lehigh Township Chief 47 went on location with reports of an active fire and went to investigate. Moments later Chief 47 signaled a working fire in the duct work and walls of the 2-story restaurant. Chief 12-03 immediately struck the 2nd alarm at 22:05.

Engine 12-11 arrived first and stretched 2 hand lines, one into the interior and one to the exterior of side 4 of the building. Tanker 12-21 was ordered to lay a supply line in from the professional building at Canterbury Drive. Lehigh Township Engine 47-12 arrived 2nd due with a full crew and used ground ladders on the 4 side of the building to gain access to the fire on the exterior wall.

The 2nd alarm was transmitted sending Whitehall Engine 4 (LC3911), Lehigh County Station 22, 26, EMS 67 and Rehab 66-51.

Tower Ladder 16 backed into the parking lot and went into operation with their bucket to the roof with 2 firefighters.

The fire burned through the wall in the area of the vent fan on the south side of the building. Crews hit the fire from the interior and exterior. The fire was held to the area of the exterior wall.

A 3rd alarm was transmitted for those companies to stand-by at their stations. Walnutport's Ladder 29 was special-called to the scene.

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Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  

Whitehall Township

Firefighters extinguish small fire at antique business on Franklin Street

November 29, 2014 at 10:59PM

Firefighters extinguish small fire at antique business on Franklin Street

At 15:45 Saturday afternoon, 3 stations from Whitehall were sent to 105 Franklin Street in the Fullerton Section for a dwelling fire.

Chief of Department Robert Benner arrived and reported nothing showing. He was looking at the houses on the opposite side of the street and noticed everyone pointing to the antique business on the other side. He noticed smoke from the side of the 2-story commercial building that has apartments on the top floor. He signaled to the responding units that smoke was showing.

Engine 2 (LC 3712) arrived and stretched a dry hand line for a small fire behind the front wall where the electrical panel box was burning. A water can was used to extinguish the fire. A booster line was then deployed to the exterior to water down the wall. Engine 3 (LC 3831) backed into the parking lot to the front of the building and positioned their ladder.

Engine 12 (LC 3711) positioned at a hydrant but was ordered by the chief not to lay in. Chief 16 (LC 3501) special-called Egypt station for one engine for the lack of an engine response from the Fullerton's station.

A total of 5 engines and the rescue were on location for this fire. There was minor damage to the exterior of the building.

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Tags:   Structure Fire   Whitehall, PA.  

Northampton County

Sink hole swallows PPL utility truck in Bethlehem Township, PA

November 21, 2014 at 9:50AM

At 00:20 Friday morning, Chief 17-54 radioed Northampton County Radio that a PPL utility truck was in a sink hole and the driver was trapped at 1827 Hampton Road near Norfolk.

Stations 14 and 17 were dispatched. 17-54 advised that the truck was on top of a 4 inch high pressure gas line. He had two engines secure a water supply from nearby hydrants.

Homes within 300 feet of the incident were evacuated to nearby fire houses.

UGI worked the area in securing the gas in the area. It was reported that a water main had broke in the area. The PPL truck found the break.

Tags:   Accident   Northampton County  

Whitehall Township

Firefighters respond to this fully-involved Nissan in Fullerton

November 20, 2014 at 8:54PM

At 16:43 Whitehall sent Squad 1 (LC3611), Engines 2, 12 and Rescue 8 (LC 3641) to a report of a car fire at 5th and Pennsylvania Streets.

Deputy Chief Shambo arrives on locations and signals a working fire in the rear compartment.

When first-due Squad 1 arrived the car was fully-involved. One line was stretched and the fire was out 10 minutes later.

The fire totally destroyed the Nissan Maxima.

Tags:   Automobile Fire   Whitehall, PA.