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.  

City of Allentown

Fatal Crash:  Single vehicle car crash kills man after hitting tree on Hamilton Street

July 19, 2015 at 12:20PM

Fatal Crash:  Single vehicle car crash kills man after hitting tree on Hamilton Street

At 18:30 Saturday evening, Allentown Communications Center transmitted box 2716 for an auto extrication at Hamilton and Glenwood Streets, sending Engines 10, 11, 9 (utility 52), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Engine 10 arrived to find a car into a tree, minutes later, extrication was completed and EMS rushed a male victim with a trauma code to the hospital.

The driver died overnight at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center. \

Photos by our correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  

Berks County

Photos taken from inside and from the air of the elementary school destroyed by an EF-1 Tornado

July 11, 2015 at 4:49PM

Photos taken from inside and from the air of the elementary school destroyed by an EF-1 Tornado

Newsworking got an inside tour of the Blue Mountain Elementary School in Tilden Township that was destroyed Thursday around 6:30PM.

The National Weather Service classified the 75 foot wide tornado as an EF-1 with winds of 105 mph.

It's apparent that the tornado touched down right on the school and was short lived. It was on the ground for about 100 yards when it lifted and clipped the tops of some tree's. Homes that were on both sides of the school didn't appear to have any damage.

The tornado lifted the entire roof of the school and landed in a nearby tree. In one of our photos from the inside, show the room where the Principal was at the time. She crawled through a hole from underneath a portion of the roof and was able to get out of the building safely. No one else was in the school at the time of the storm.

For the more photos of this school CLICK HERE.

Tags:   Berks County  

City of Allentown

Firefighters responding to an alarm system find a working fire in a multiple dwelling

July 07, 2015 at 8:16PM

Firefighters responding to an alarm system find a working fire in a multiple dwelling

At 12:35 Tuesday afternoon, Allentown transmitted box 5142 for 401 Market Street Allentown Housing on the alarm system, sending Engine 14, Ladder 2 and Battalion 43. Engine 14 arrived at 12:37 with Lt. Kutz in command and reported a 2-story apartment building with nothing showing and people outside. The Lieutenant and his crew went to investigate.

At 12:39 Lt. Kutz notified the Battalion Chief that nothing was evident and they were still investigating. Car 43 arrived moments later and at the same time Lt. Kutz reported fire showing out the rear of the building. Battalion 43 requested the box filled out.

Box 5142 was again transmitted for a working fire sending the balance of the box - Engines 11, 13, 9 (F.A.S.T.), Medic 3, Medic 100 and FM 45. Battalion 43 reports fire showing second floor middle of the building. Truck 2 throws ground ladders and sets up the tower. Engine 14 stretches one hand line to the fire apartment and makes a quick knock the fire. Primary searches come up negative. Engine 9 members were ordered inside with hooks for overhaul.

Photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   Allentown    Apartment   

Lehigh County

Coopersburg house damaged in 2 alarm fire

July 06, 2015 at 7:28PM

Shortly before 15:00 hours, Coopersburg Fire Department was dispatched to 34 Young Avenue for a reported house fire. Responding from headquarters, police reported heavy smoke showing in the area of the call.

The first apparatus to go responding also reported heavy smoke in the area and had the 2nd alarm struck.

On arrival, crews found a fully-involved garage attached to a two-story dwelling. The fire was extending to the upper floors of the house.

Crews darkened down the seat of the fire and then stretched into the house for an interior attack to stop the extension of fire.

Truck company members went to the roof to ventilate.

The fire was under control within an hour and remained on the scene for the remainder of the day.

Photos and Video by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   Lehigh County