At 00:00 hours Thursday morning, box 2342 was transmitted for a house fire at 441 Whitehall Street sending Engines 9, 4, 10, 13 (F.A.S.T.), 11 (acting ladder), Chief 43 (Wehr) and F.M. 45.
Engine 9 arrives on location and 9A (Lt. Kutz) reports fire showing to the rear of the End-of-Row (E/O/R). Moments later Battalioni 43 reports a car burning in the rear yard and returns all companies except Engines 9 and 4. Engine 9 stretches one hand line for a quick knock down.
At 21:03 Lehigh County 9-1-1 transmitted the box for Rt. 873 and Oak Drive for a reported house fire sending Station 9, Tanker 621, Ladder 23-31 and EMS 67.
The fire dispatcher provided Chief 9-02 that a passer-by reports the house to be fully involved. With that information, Chief 9-02 adds Tanker 16 (Neffs) to the box at 21:08. Lehigh County Radio also advises companies responding that another caller reports screaming coming from the house and upgrades the box to possible people trapped. Another caller reports the house is vacant. A confirmed address is also updated to 6655 Rt. 873.
At 21:09 Engine 9-11 arrives on location and signals a working fire. A minute later EMS 67-94 advises that there's live wires down around the dwelling and to use caution.
Chief 9 arrives and has the 2nd alarm struck. At 21:12 Lehigh County sends Tanker 9-21, Engine 24, Tanker 23-22, 10-21, Norco 47 Tanker, Ladder 16 and Rescue 11 (F.A.S.T.).
Ladders 23 and 16 put their elevated master streams into operation along with multiple hand lines. The fire started darkening down 45 minutes into the call.
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At 12:27 Catasauqua 2 and North Catasauqua 18 were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire at 121 Circle Drive. Deputy Chief 203 (Paul) arrives and reports nothing showing front of building with people outside and goes to investigate. Moments later he returns to the radio and reports the house charged with smoke and orders Engine 211 to bring in a water supply and stretch a hand line to the front door.
Ladder 231 positions nose first into the front of Engine 211. Members find a small kitchen fire that was result of food on the stove that extended to the cabinets.
The balance of the box proceeded in to stand-by. Greenawalds Rescue 11 was added to the box as the F.A.S.T. company but later recalled.
An elderly female was transported by EMS 75 to an area hospital with minor burns. The Fire Marshal is investigating.
Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched Station 24, Engine 29-11, Ladder 29-31, Rescue 11-41 (F.A.S.T.) to 1135 Maple Spring Drive for a reported house fire. Deputy 29 (Wentz) signed on radio responding and was advised that the caller reported the rear deck on fire. Deputy 29 arrives in area reporting heavy smoke showing and moments later reported a working fire in a 1-story private dwelling and struck out the 2nd alarm at 14:06.
Lehigh County transmitted the second alarm at 14:07 sending Engines 611, 911, 2311, 1611, 4712 (N.C.), Tower Ladder 721 (Palmerton), squad 1651 and rehab 66.
Chief 24 went on location taking over command. Three lines were immediately stretched as fire was rapidly spreading into the roof area of the building. One line was stretched to the rear, two through the front door and one to side 4 of the building.
Ladder 47 went to the roof to cut a vent hole. A water supply was established using a hydrant across the street from the fire building. Crews worked for about 45 minutes to darken down all the fire. Crews in the garage had a stubborn fire above the ceiling in the roof line and had to pull ceilings to gain access to the fire. The crew in the rear continued to water down the deck and the exterior of the house.
A total of 4 hand lines were stretched and operating. One firefighter and the homeowner were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Catasauqua was requested for a second F.A.S.T. company.
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