City of Allentown

Firefighters get a fast knock down on vacant house fire in Center City

October 30, 2014 at 4:58PM

At 11:51 AM Thursday, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2262 for a house fire at 420 Allen Street - Engines 6, 4, 9, 10 (F.A.S.T.), 11 (acting ladder), Battalion 43 and FM 45.

On arrival Engine 6 has smoke showing from a vacant 3-story M/O/R. Battalion Chief 43 (Atiyeh) arrives and transmits a working fire signal. Engine 6 stretches to the rear room on the first floor for a small fire. Additional members are ordered to the second floor to check for extension. No fire was found on the second floor. Members also checked the basement for extension where they found a small fire. Once all the fire was knocked, fans were set up to help ventilate the structure.

The battalion noticed that the building was reinforced from the outside and the walls were bowing and ordered all members off the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Two lines are stretched and one was wet. Searches were negative. The Fire Marshal is investigating this suspicious fire.

Photos and video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

Northampton County

Fire Damages Building And Pizza Shop On Main Street In Nazareth

October 29, 2014 at 7:49PM

Firefighters responded to Pizza Joe's at 550 South Main Street for a report of a structural fire around 10:45 AM Wednesday.

On arrival they found smoke pushing from the 3-story 65x45 mixed use building with a pizza shop on the first floor.

Members stretched to the top floor and were met with heavy fire conditions. Command eventually pulled everyone out just before a small explosion occurred.

Members then attempted to advance back in and were eventually called out by command for a second time as the fire burned through the roof.

The fire was place under control in 1 hour.

Photos and video by Mike Nester.

City of Reading

Large 6-Story Factory Building (Formerly an Outlet Store) Damaged in 4-Alarm Fire

October 18, 2014 at 8:46PM

Around 3:00 AM Saturday morning, city firefighters answer a call for a reported building fire at 8th and Oley Streets. Companies find a 6-story factory with fire showing.

Within the hour, the fire escalates to 4-alarms and numerous surrounding fire departments are brought in to help city firefighters. The fire possibly started on the 1st floor and quickly extended vertically through an elevator shaft. The fire engulfed the top floor. Numerous ladder pipes were put in service along with numerous ground monitors.

Firefighters spent most of the day extinguishing hot spots throughout the large complex which was being renovated and converted into apartments and retail space. Those plans appear to be on hold for now.

Check out the Photo Album with 28 fire ground photos of this fire by clicking HERE.

Tags:   4th Alarm   Reading City, PA   Structure Fire  

Lehigh County

Florida Room Destroyed In South Whitehall, PA.

October 13, 2014 at 2:44PM

Florida Room Destroyed In South Whitehall, PA.

At 15:54 Sunday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 sent South Whitehall Stations 3, 32, 11, Salisbury Station 31 and Alburtis Station 1 for Rescue 1-41 as the designated F.A.S.T. company to 406 Beverly Drive for a report of a house fire.

South Whitehall Police arrived and reported a working fire in the Florida room and that the use of a garden hose was used to try and contain the fire.

Fire command assigned the first due engine to bring a water supply with it from Windsor and Parkway Road. The second due engine to drop a supply line from Beverly and Chelsea Lane.

Truck 31-31 was positioned on the Bravo side of the home on Windsor while both 1st and 2nd due engines positioned in front of the fire building and stretched hand lines. A total of 3 hand lines were stretched and operating.

The fire was contained to the Florida room while the main dwelling sustained minor smoke damage.

Tags:   Lehigh County   Structure Fire  

City of Allentown

House On East Hamilton Street Damaged By Fire Sunday Afternoon

October 05, 2014 at 8:48PM

House On East Hamilton Street Damaged By Fire Sunday Afternoon

At 17:12 box 3212 was transmitted for a house fire at 234 East Hamilton Street sending Engines 6, 9, 4, 14 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Battalion 43 and FM 45. First due Engine 13 was on an EMS run and became available the same time the box was going out and responded.

Engine 9 went on scene first with heavy fire showing on the first floor of the 3-story dwelling. Members stretched to the first floor and encountered heavy fire. The crew darkened down the main body of fire within minutes, making way for firefighters to gain access to the upper floors for searches and to check for extension.

Battalion 43 signaled the fire under control 20 minutes after arrival. Searches came up negative and no extension of fire was found. Crews remained on scene mopping up. The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

All photos by correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire  

City of Allentown

Civilian Speaks About His Heroic Rescue At House Fire Friday Afternoon In North Central Section

September 27, 2014 at 2:08PM

Hear from the neighbor who rescued tenants from the roof of their burning home on Washington Street in the North Central section of Allentown Friday around 17:00 hours.

Firefighters from Engine 4 stretched one hand line to the second floor for a kitchen fire. The firefighters quickly darkened down the blaze and kept it from spreading.

Video and interview by correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    House Fire   Rescue