Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 2521 for a house fire at 130 N. 12th Street between Linden and Turner Streets at approximately 10:00 AM sending Engines 9, 4, 10, 6 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 1.
Arriving companies found a 2-story M/O/R with heavy smoke showing and fire venting out the 1st floor rear of the structure. Engine 4 went to the rear and stretched a hand line while Engines 9 and 10 took the front of the building.
Firefighters had the fire darkened down within 15 minutes. Battalion 1 held the box to all hands working on the 1st alarm assignment.
At 9:24 AM Thursday morning, Salisbury 31 was dispatched to 2833 Andrea Drive for a dwelling fire. Enroute, dispatch advised Chief 31-01 that police were on scene reporting smoke showing. With that update, the chief struck the 2nd alarm.
On arrival, the chief reported light smoke from a 2-story single family dwelling (S/F/D). Fire department members found a small basement fire. The fire was under control about 30 minutes later.
Approximately 14:00 hours, Allentown 9-1-1 transmitted box 3545 for a reported house fire at 863 North Sherman Street sending Engines 13, 6, 9, 4 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.
Engine 13 arrived to a moderate smoke condition in a 2.5-story duplex and stretched one hand line into the fire building. They darkened down the bulk of the fire immediately and started checking for fire extension. Searches came up negative.
Engine 4 operating as the designated F.A.S.T. company was released quickly after the fire was knocked. Crews used a booster line for mop up.
Red Cross was notified for housing assistance for 2 adults and 4 children.
Monday night around 23:30 hours Whitehall Fire Department responded for a working car fire on Route 22 eastbound at Route 145. This video shows footage from a camera attached to a firefighters helmet. The fire was out within a few minutes. The Whitehall fire investigation team was dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. EMS was dispatched for a person with burns to their arm.
On Friday August 15, 2014 at 13:25 hours the Coal Township Fire Department (Maine, Forrest Hills, East End, and Brady Fire Companies,) Coal Township Rescue Squad and AREA EMS were dispatched to 140 Lower Excelsior Road in Coal Township for a house fire. The fire was reported to be just off of Route 901 in the Village of Excelsior. The home owner reported to the 911 call taker that her dryer was on fire in her home.
AREA EMS arrived in minutes and found smoke and flames coming from the first floor rear porch windows of the home. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move to the second floor and attic. EMS personnel reported that all residents escaped the flames and exited the burning home.
The Coal Township Fire Chief arrived on scene and then requested the second alarm be dispatched. The fire was quickly advancing in to a fast moving fire in a large single home. The second alarm brought Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62 (RIT), Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 and the remaining of the Coal Township Fire Department. Brady Engine 151 was on scene first and established a water supply from a hydrant near the Route 901 highway. The crew deployed a number of hose lines and made an offensive attack to stop the fire. The East End Fire Company Engine 121 connected a Humat valve to the hydrant and pressurized the supply line. Shamokin Liberty Engine 21 drafted from a portable pond and provided additional volume to the supply line to Engine 151.
The Incident Command then assigned the additional arriving Coal Township and Shamokin Fire units to back up the first in companies in fighting the house fire. Additional arriving fire fighters assisted the first in engine crews in stretching a hose lines to the rear of the residence. The deck guns from Engine 111 and Engine 151 were placed into service operating in a defensive mode. The multiple number of exterior hose line helped to knocked down the fire in the rear.
Shamokin Ladder 32, Shamokin Rescue 62, and Coal Township Rescue 193 staged a block south west of the home and sent its crew to the front of the home. Ladder 32 crew deployed a number of ground ladders around the home. A vertical ventilation crew was sent to the roof to cut vent holes. The additional firefighting crews backed up the first attack crews by operating additional hose lines. The Rescue 62 Crew proceeded to Side Alpha and provided RIT operations.
The fire conditions in the home worsen and later caused all interior crews to evacuate. Large flames burned through the roof of the home causing extreme dangerous risk of collapse. The interior attack crews redeployed outside the home and operated exterior hose lines on the fire. Engine 151 placed its deck gun into service and targeted the windows of the upper floors. Incident Command decided that more water was needed for the defensive operations and extinguishing the fire. He then had additional tankers from Beaverdale, Wilburton, East Cameron Township, and Ralpho Township brought to the fire scene. Ralpho Township Engine 294 established a refill site at a shopping plaza a few miles away. Route 901 was shut down to traffic by fire place during the majority of the incident.
In an hour the smoke and fire conditions in the home improved and allow attack crews to re-enter the home with hose lines. The firefighting crews had the fire under control in less than three hours and without any major further incident. Forest Hills Engine 161 Tele-Squirt was placed into service for the first time and finished the job extinguishing the stubborn fire.
The fire investigator believes the fire started in the first floor kitchen in clothes dryer and traveled to the second floor. The assistant fire chief reported that there were no major injuries to residents or fire fighters. The large home received major fire damage and will be required to be torn down. Three Shamokin fire fighters escaped injury when the rear roof collapsed into the yard. AREA EMS personnel stood by and provided REHAB to the fire fighters.
Photos and Video by Stephen Barrett (Coal Region Fire). To see the complete photo gallery, click here.
Around 18:30 hours Sunday evening, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted rescue box 2547 for 1725 Chew Street at the Ritz for an auto extrication. Arriving on location, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) found a car against the restaurant wall with a body of an elderly female pinned between the car and building. A medic on the scene pronounced her D.O.A.
Additional medic units were requested for three additional patients who were all transported to Saint Lukes Allentown with minor injuries. Engine 9 remained on the scene while the battalion chief and the other equipment were released and returned to quarters.
The driver of the car, an elderly male, accidentally put the car in reverse instead of drive and backed into the building.
The accident is under investigation by the Allentown Police Department.
First four photos by Photographer Dennis Wetherhold Jr. and the bottom photo by Photographer Mike Nester of NVP.
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