Lehigh County

Two homes damaged during 2-alarm blaze in Macungie, PA.

October 06, 2015 at 1:38PM

At 17:18 hours Monday afternoon, Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched units to the 127 Hillcrest Dr. South for a reported house fire.

As crews are responding, heavy smoke is visible in the area and a 2nd alarm is requested. First arriving officer takes command and reports two homes involved with live wires down in front of the homes. Crews immediately stretch multiple lines to both homes to knock down the fire, one property suffers extensive damage to the bravo side while the other is destroyed with fire on all divisions.

Crews worked for a couple hours to knock down the flames and one firefighter had a close call when a portion of a garage wall collapsed nearby.

Around 04:00 Tuesday morning, crews were dispatched again for a rekindle. On arrival, they found the same house fully involved.

Video and photos by Mike Nester.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Allentown

Firefighters respond to a report of a house fire to find a car burning in rear yard

September 24, 2015 at 12:04AM

Firefighters respond to a report of a house fire to find a car burning in rear yard

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.

Tags:   Allentown    Automobile Fire  

Lehigh County

Second Alarm fire closes Rt. 873 in Northern Lehigh County

September 21, 2015 at 11:40PM

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.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  

City of Allentown

Third Platoon battles fire in the cockloft of a rowhome on Tilghman Street

September 21, 2015 at 10:58PM

Photo Gallery of this fire HERE.

On Sunday, September 20 Box 2315 was transmitted for a report of a house fire in the 700 block of Tilghman Street sending Engines 9 (8), 4, 6, 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 (Wehr)

Engine 9 (Lt. Kutz) arrives and reports smoke showing and upon further investigation finds a fire in the cockloft of a 3-story M/O/R and strikes the 2nd alarm.

The second alarm consist of Engines 13 and 14. Engines 6 and 4 stretch into the exposures to check for extension into those attached dwellings.

Four lines are stretched and operating. You can listen to the fireground audio from the arrival of Engine 9 on this video.


Northampton County

Mid-morning house fire in Bath borough

September 08, 2015 at 4:11PM

Mid-morning house fire in Bath borough

At 09:49 Northampton County dispatched Station 40 to 311 Creek Road for a house fire. EMS arrived and reported heavy smoke showing and moments later reported the house to be fully-involved.

At 09:52 Ladder 46 and Station 48 were added to fill-out the box for a working house fire. Hanover 15 was added for the F.A.S.T. company.

Engine 40 stretched one hand line into the interior of the 2-story M/O/R and Tower Ladder 46 set-up their tower in front of the fire building.

The fire was placed under control in 20 minutes.

Tags:   House Fire   Northampton County  

Lehigh County

Small kitchen fire sends one elderly female to the hospital on Circle Drive in Catasauqua, PA.

September 07, 2015 at 2:47PM

Take a look at the photo gallery of this fire by clicking HERE.

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.


Tags:   House Fire   Lehigh County