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.
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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.
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.
Box 2327 was transmitted at 17:00 hours for a report of a house fire with rescue at 928 Washington Street. Engines 9, 4, 6, 10 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2, Chief 43 and Medic 2 were sent on the box.
Medic 2 arrived within seconds and reported smoke from the 3rd floor and people on the roof. Engine 4 arrived in front of the fire building, 934 Washington and stretched a hand line to the second floor for a fire in a room in the rear of the 3-story M/O/R.
Searches of the dwelling came up negative and the fire was quickly darkened down.
A fire marshal was called out to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. Paramedics walked one male to the ambulance with an oxygen mask on.
At 18:14 Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3123 for 2nd & Linden Streets fires reported 147 Linden Street for a reported house fire. Engines 6, 9, 4, 13 (F.A.S.T.), Truck 2 and Battalion 43 respond. Engine 6 arrives and reports smoke showing. As they pull ahead of the fire building to leave room for Truck 2, fire starts to roll out the top of the door on Linden Street. Engine 6 stretches a line in to darken down the fire that is working in the rear kitchen area of the 1st floor of the 3-story multiple dwelling.
Chief 43 strikes the 2nd alarm due to the amount of fire venting out the front and back of the building. Engine 14 and 10 are assigned to the 2nd alarm.
A second hand line is stretched as a safety line to the second floor as crews conduct a search and check for extension. Engine 6 makes a quick hit on the fire and the bulk of the fire is out 10 minutes later.
All searches come up negative. No extension of the fire. Engine 9 gets a water supply for Engine 6 from a hydrant a few buildings down on the same side of the street as the fire building.
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